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Ballot information

Where can I find the proposed Enterprise Agreement?

A copy of the proposed Enterprise Agreement is available on the Proposed Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2020-23 page.

What is changing from the current Enterprise Agreement?

An explanation of the changes in the proposed Enterprise Agreement can be found on the Detail of the proposed Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2020-23 page.

What is the ‘access period’?

This is a 7 day period that provides employees with the opportunity to consider the proposed Enterprise Agreement. It is required under the Fair Work Act 2009 before a ballot can be held.

The access period runs from 10 December to 17 December 2020.

When is the ballot?

The ballot will open at 12.01am AEDT on Friday, 18 December 2020.

How long is the ballot period?

The ballot will close at 2.00pm AEDT on Wednesday, 23 December 2020.

Who is eligible to vote?

Any person who is employed under the MOP(S) Act during the 7 day access period before the ballot is entitled to vote. For casual employees, this means that they must have worked on at least one of the days during the access period.

How will the ballot be conducted?

The ballot will be conducted by GoVote, an independent ballot provider. Employees will receive an email shortly before the ballot opens from GoVote that provides a link to the ballot for online voting and, as an alternative, instructions for voting by phone. Each employee will receive a unique PIN in their email that is required to vote. Each PIN can only be used to vote once.

The email will go to the address on file with MaPS. If you wish to confirm the email MaPS has on file, please contact mpshelp@finance.gov.au.

You do not need a second form of identification, such as a date of birth, to vote. As such do not forward the email from GoVote to anyone or they will be able to use your vote.

What happens if I lose my PIN before I vote?

Please contact GoVote at support@govote.com.au including your name and date of birth to allow GoVote to confirm your details on the voter roll. GoVote will resend your PIN and voter instruction email.

What happens if I don’t get an email inviting me to vote?

Contact the Staff Help Desk on 02 6215 3333 or mpshelp@finance.gov.au to make alternative arrangements.

What happens if I’m on leave for the whole ballot period?

MaPS will contact staff that have submitted leave for the whole period of the ballot before the ballot commences to obtain an alternative email address.

Contact the Staff Help Desk on 02 6215 3333 or mpshelp@finance.gov.au to provide an alternative email address for the ballot. Your invitation to vote will be sent to the alternative email address.

Can I vote if I commence employment during the ballot?

No. For ongoing and non-ongoing employees, you must have been employed during the access period. For casual employees you must have worked on at least one of the days of the access period.

What constitutes a ‘successful’ ballot?

If a majority of the employees who cast a valid vote support the proposed Enterprise Agreement, the ballot is successful.

How long will it take before a result of the ballot is known?

It is expected that a result will be known shortly after the ballot closes. Staff will be notified of the result as soon as possible.

What happens after a successful ballot?

The Enterprise Agreement will be signed by the Minister and a representative of MOP(S) Act employees and submitted to the Fair Work Commission for approval. The Commission will assess the Enterprise Agreement for matters such as whether it passes the ‘better off overall’ test.

How long does the Fair Work Commission take to approve an enterprise agreement?

The Fair Work Commission aims to finalise 50% of approvals within 3 weeks and 100% of approvals within 8 weeks

When will the new Enterprise Agreement commence?

The Enterprise Agreement will commence 7 days after it is approved by the Fair Work Commission. Staff will be notified about commencement when the Enterprise Agreement is approved. The first salary adjustment will be deferred by 6 months from the commencement of the Enterprise Agreement.

Last updated: 14 December 2020