Fair Pay Agreements

The Government formed a Fair Pay Agreement Working Group to provide recommendations on the design of a sector-level bargaining system, in order to establish minimum terms and conditions for all workers in an industry or occupation.

Fair Pay Agreement Working Group

The Fair Pay Agreement Working Group was set up in June 2018 to make recommendations on the design of a sector-level bargaining system. It was chaired by Rt Hon Jim Bolger ONZ.

The Working Group looked at:

  • the criteria and process to initiate bargaining on a Fair Pay Agreement
  • how bargaining participants will be identified and selected
  • what Fair Pay Agreements should cover in terms of scope
  • bargaining rules and dispute resolution processes, and ratification and enforcement of Fair Pay Agreements.

The Working Group provided its recommendations to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety in December 2018. The Government is now considering the report.

Related documents

Cabinet paper to establish the Fair Pay Agreement Working Group [PDF, 1 MB]

Terms of Reference for the Fair Pay Agreement Working Group [PDF, 159 KB]

Minister's media release on the establishment of the Working Group(external link).