General NTPS

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The Northern Territory Public Sector 2017-2021 Enterprise Agreement is due to expire on 10 August 2021, and I have agreed with the below unions to commence bargaining for a new agreement:

  • Australian Education Union
  • Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
  • Community and Public Sector Union
  • Electrical Trades Union
  • Professionals Australia
  • Transport Workers’ Union
  • United Workers Union

Initial bargaining meeting

The initial bargaining meeting is scheduled as follows:

Date: Thursday, 18th March 2021
Time: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Location: Carpentaria Room, Darwin Innovation Hub
Level 1, Paspalis Centrepoint
48-50 Smith Street Mall, Darwin

Bargaining representatives

The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) imposes rights and obligations on employers, unions and employees with respect to the bargaining process. Attached for your information is the statutory Notice of Employee Representational Rights, advising employees of the right to be represented in relation to the bargaining process.

Instruments of appointment for bargaining representatives can be forwarded before the initial meeting (or at any time during the bargaining process) to enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au or:

Attention: Employee Relations
Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment
GPO Box 4371
Darwin NT 0801

Bargaining representatives are requested to contact my Office on 8999 4282 to confirm meeting dates.

More information

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process will be posted to the OCPE Webpage .

Information on bargaining in general can be obtained at www.fwc.gov.au or you can contact the Fair Work Commission information line on 1300 799 675.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment

I, together with representatives from my Office and NTPS Agencies, met with employee representative nominated bargaining agents and delegates on 18 March 2021.

We had a productive meeting with all parties listening and taking time to understand each other’s proposals. I advised that I am seeking an enterprise agreement that falls within the Northern Territory Public Sector Bargaining Policy 2021- 2024 with improved conditions of employment and efficiency measures, where indicated.

Some unions outlined their log of claims. Other unions indicated they should be in a position to provide a log of claims in the next week. The parties discussed how the bargaining process will generally proceed and other associated matters. The parties will continue to work constructively together over the coming months to finalise a proposed new agreement.

It is my intention to bargain / negotiate issues so I can issue a formal offer to employees no later than 9 August 2021.

It is important you are kept informed on the progress of negotiations as these proposals relate to your employment.

Details of the proposals

Below is an outline of the employer’s proposed conditions:

  • $1000 lump sum payment per annum
  • A four year agreement
  • Where time off in lieu or flextime is not available, paid NAIDOC leave up to 3 hours to attend NAIDOC March and approved activities
  • Move foster or kinship carers leave into the agreement
  • Move the majority of leave related By-laws into the agreement
  • A new entitlement for gender transition leave
  • Improve compassionate leave provisions to include the death of an employee’s non-immediate family member or a person related to the employee (e.g. aunt/uncle/niece/nephew/first cousin)
  • Re-brand ‘purchased leave’ as ‘flexible-lifestyle leave’ to support work life balance.  Improve existing entitlement to allow purchasing up to eight weeks leave
  • Improve existing provision to support family responsibilities - an employee to have the right to return from parental leave on a part-time basis for 6 months
  • Improve existing provision to allow an employee to access up to two hours per annum for mental health screening/cancer screening
  • New provision for pre-natal leave to allow for a spouse and a pregnant employee to access up to 8 hours leave for pregnancy related medical appointments
  • Where time off in lieu or flextime is not available, a new provision to enable employees within 3 years of retirement age (currently 65) to access up to two hours paid leave per annum to seek independent financial advice on superannuation options
  • Address rest relief after overtime provisions to provide for better management to ensure adequate rest breaks when overtime duty is performed over a weekend
  • Promote a clear definition of ‘Emergency Leave’ and reduce the number of days currently available to reflect the current take-up and to offset improvements in other leave entitlements
  • The agreement to have in place principles for a casual employee to have the right to request conversion to ongoing/fixed period employment after 12 months
  • Improve overtime penalty rates where overtime spans midnight and a higher rate applies at the start of the shift
  • Move into the agreement and continue a range of long-standing entitlements currently provided through Determinations

Have your say – your feedback is important

Should you wish to express a view on the proposals or make a suggestion, you can provide your feedback to me by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment

I am pleased to report that negotiations are progressing with parties meeting on a weekly basis.

Over 120 claims have been received from unions to date. Negotiation involves the parties working through each claim, including the employer’s proposals, to understand the issues and identify any cost implications or savings for NT Government. The parties are working towards an enterprise agreement that, as a total package, contains employment terms and conditions acceptable to the employer and employees’ representatives. The result is a proposed enterprise agreement that all employees will have an opportunity to vote on.

It is usual during negotiations for parties to indicate their ‘in principle’ agreement to particular claims. ‘In principle’ agreement means the general terms of a claim, or an employer’s proposal, are supported without the complete details having been specified or necessarily agreed upon. ‘In principle’ agreement is subject to the totality (or all) of the enterprise agreement matters under negotiation being acceptable to the relevant party (e.g. employer).

At the meetings on 9 and 16 April 2021, my representatives advised unions, on a without prejudice basis that I agree ‘in principle’ to the following claims:

  • two days additional compassionate leave for immediate family or household member (noting also that I have proposed introducing three days paid leave on the death of a non-immediate family member or person related to the employee, e.g. aunt/uncle/niece/nephew/first cousin);
  • to retain the existing change management (consultation) provisions;
  • to retain the existing provisions regarding commitments to monitor workloads; and
  • a guarantee to return to work after parental leave on a part-time basis for a defined period.

The parties will continue to work constructively together over the coming months to finalise a proposed new agreement.

Have your say – your feedback is important

Should you wish to express a view on the proposals or make a suggestion, you can provide your feedback to me by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
April 2021

Negotiations are on schedule and we remain focused on job certainty and more benefits for employees such as leave entitlements and support for flexible work.

I acknowledge that unions and employees may have been expecting proposals for salary increases from the employer, as per previous agreements. However, to support the NT Government’s budget reform agenda and to support job certainty for employees, I am proposing:

  • $4000 over four years (plus employer superannuation guarantee)
  • more benefits to employees to support work life balance and employees with caring responsibilities (e.g. a range of new leave options, including paid leave)

On a without prejudice basis and subject to drafting clauses, parties have given ‘in-principle’ agreement on a range of matters since my last bulletin issued on 16 April 2021. These include:

  • 3 days paid compassionate leave on the death of an employee’s extended family member (e.g. aunt/uncle, niece/nephew)
  • paid leave to attend pre-natal appointments
  • gender transition leave (paid and unpaid)
  • paid leave for pre-adoption interviews or foster/kinship carer’s Permanent Care Order interviews (currently unpaid)
  • more paid leave for cancer screening and extend entitlement to include mental health screening
  • introducing a minimum engagement payment for casual employees
  • Community Language Allowance to be included in the agreement

Other areas where parties have found common ground and are continuing discussions include:

  • paid leave to attend NAIDOC week activities
  • shiftwork conditions – aiming for simpler and more consistent entitlements
  • casual and fixed period employment
  • rest relief after overtime and fatigue management
  • conditions for veterans (e.g. war service leave)
  • infectious diseases leave
  • simpler overtime provisions
  • including By-law and Determination entitlements in the enterprise agreement

Over the next few weeks the parties will continue to meet and negotiate on the above provisions and other proposals.

I hope to provide you with a final proposal for consideration by early August 2021. My representatives and I are working to provide enhanced conditions and pay the first $1000 lump sum as soon as possible.

NTPS salaries and CPI

I have received feedback that the $1000 annual lump sum payment doesn’t align with the Darwin CPI. The graph below shows the percentage increases to NTPS base salaries compared to the percentage increase to the Darwin CPI.

Since 2010 NTPS salaries have increased by 16.2 percentage points more than the cumulative increases in the CPI over the same period.  The graph shows that NTPS salaries will be maintained for the next four years as well as employees receiving the proposed $4000 (plus superannuation) payment during this time.

Chart CPI

Have your say – your feedback is important

Should you wish to express a view on the proposals or make a suggestion, you can provide your feedback to me by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
19 May 2021

Parties continue to meet weekly to discuss claims and proposals and to draft the new enterprise agreement to make it easier for employees to understand.

I am pleased to report further improvements to existing conditions have been agreed ‘in principle’, on a without prejudice basis and subject to drafting clauses, between the parties including:

  • compassionate leave (3 days) where employee or their partner experiences miscarriage
  • a minimum engagement period for casual employees
  • for veterans - access to war service leave for a subsequent disability.

Based on progress to date, I am hopeful that all claims and proposals will have been discussed by early July.  At that time, I will consider my position in relation to the new enterprise agreement as a ‘total package’ and finalise a proposal for consideration by early August 2021.

The above improvements build on my other proposals for the proposed new NTPS General Enterprise Agreement, including:

  • $4000 over four years (superannuation applies)
  • more benefits for flexible work
  • 3 days paid compassionate leave on the death of an extended family member
  • paid leave to attend NAIDOC week activities

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Let’s stick together, keep job certainty and keep working for Territorians.

Have your say – your feedback is important

Should you wish to express a view on the proposals or make a suggestion, you can provide your feedback to me by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au

More information

Regular bargaining updates will be posted to the OCPE webpage at Enterprise agreement negotiations – General NTPS.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
22 June 2021

Bargaining for a new enterprise agreement can be a time consuming process as parties need to ensure that all claims and proposals are discussed, genuinely considered and negotiated. Since my last bulletin (22 June 2021) I am pleased to advise that parties have been constructively working through outstanding matters and responding to each other’s proposed draft clauses.

There have been robust discussions but also very useful feedback which was gone towards improving draft clauses and provisions.

During the next week the parties will consider any remaining matters not yet discussed in bargaining.

I remain hopeful that I will be able to consider my position in relation to the new enterprise agreement as a ‘total package’ and finalise a proposal for consideration in August 2021.

Have your say – your feedback is important

Should you wish to express a view on the proposals or make a suggestion, you can provide your feedback to me by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au

Let’s stick together, keep job certainty and keep working for Territorians.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
30 July 2021

I am pleased to advise that on 20 August 2021, I made an offer to settle the General enterprise agreement negotiations.
We have worked hard and listened to your feedback and to the unions and bargaining representatives’ claims and issues to arrive at a balanced offer, which seeks to provide good improvements for all employees.
The table below summarises the details of the 'without prejudice’ offer, but if you wanted to read the details of the offer,  you can also read the details of the offer here.

Summary of the offer

$4000 over 4 years (plus employer superannuation guarantee*)

  • $1,000 bonus p.a.
  • $4,000 over 4 years
  • Counts for superannuation*
    *Employer superannuation guarantee is applicable to the lump sum payment. Due to the rules of the defined benefit schemes, employer superannuation guarantee is not applicable to the lump sum paid to NTGPASS and CSS members

Commitment if changes in the Wages Policy

  • Should there be a change to the NT Government’s Wages Policy during the term of the Agreement that provides for additional benefits above those contained in this offer (such as an increase to salaries above the value of the lump sum payment) these will be passed on through a determination

Improvements to leave provisions

  • Compassionate leave
    • Increased from 3 to 5 days for immediate family or household member
  • Compassionate leave
    • new provision for 3 days paid leave on the occasion of the death of an extended family member (i.e. aunt, uncle, cousin) or in the case of miscarriage
  • Domestic and family violence leave provisions (uncapped paid leave)
    • extended to include sexual violence outside the domestic setting
  • NAIDOC leave
    • up to 3 hours of paid leave p.a. to attend a NAIDOC march & approved activities, where TOIL or flextime are not available
  • Gender Transition leave
    • Support for eligible employees who wish to transition their gender
    • access up to 12 months leave, inclusive of 4 weeks paid and 48 weeks unpaid leave
  • Improved war service leave to allow access to this leave for a subsequent war service injury
  • Improved paid leave for voluntary emergency management activities to cover reasonable rest time
  • Include leave By-law provisions in the Agreement (e.g. Blood Donation Leave, Defence Leave, Leave to Engage in Voluntary Emergency Management Activities, Jury Service Leave)
  • Health Screening leave
    • Improved provision
    • 2 hours paid leave per year for the purpose of undertaking a health screening test associated with a public health screening program
  • Leave to seek financial advice about transition for retirement
    • New provision
    • up to 2 hours paid leave p.a. for employees aged 62 years or over
    • where TOIL or flextime are not available

NEW Kinship Obligation Leave

  • Definition of kinship to be included in the Agreement
  • 5 days paid leave per annum to attend Sorry Business or related purposes

Overtime rates

  • Where overtime worked spans midnight and a higher overtime rate applies at the start of the overtime shift, that higher rate will apply for the whole overtime shift worked

Improvements for parents

  • Builds on current generous paid parental leave provisions (14 weeks after 12 months service, 18 weeks after 5 years services)
  • New pre-natal leave provision
    • up to 8 hours paid leave for pregnancy related medical appointments
  • Improved provision for employees returning from parental leave
    • right to return on a part-time basis for at least 6 months, where the employee so choses (replacing ‘right to request’)
  • Permanent Care
    • improved to provide 2 days paid leave to attend permanent care order interviews
  • Pre-adoption leave
    • improved to provide paid leave to attend interviews or examinations required in order to obtain approval for the employee’s adoption of a child

Improvements and changes for casual employees

  • Minimum daily engagement period for casual employees  of 3 hours
  • Principles enabling casual employees to request the conversion of their employment after 12 months and where the employee has worked a regular pattern of hours

Flexible work improvements

  • Ability to purchase up to 8 weeks additional leave per year (currently 6 weeks)  and can be taken in shorter periods under rebranded Flexible Lifestyle (Purchased) Leave
  • All requests for flexible work, regardless of the circumstances, will require a response from the CEO (or delegate) within 21 days and may only be refused on reasonable business grounds.

Commitments to review certain matters

  • Shiftwork arrangements
  • Physical, Technical and Administrative Officers up to level 4
  • Community Language Allowance
  • Professional increment scales

Have your say – your feedback is important

Should you wish to express a view on the proposals or make a suggestion, you can provide your feedback to me by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au

Let’s stick together, keep job certainty and keep working for Territorians.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
23 August 2021

**This bulletin is for employees engaged in the following NTPS classifications: Administrative Officer, Physical, Professional, Technical and the ranks of Chief Correctional Officer and above. The bulletin relates to the making of a new enterprise agreement to replace the Northern Territory Public Sector 2017 – 2021 Enterprise Agreement**

Improved offer

As reported in my previous bulletin, I made an offer to settle the General enterprise agreement negotiations on 20 August 2021.

After carefully considering the feedback provided by unions, the self-nominated bargaining representative as well as feedback provided directly by employees, I am pleased to advise that today (24 September 2021) I made improvements to my initial offer.

I am offering further significant improvements to terms and conditions of service for employees in a genuine attempt to settle negotiations and finalise bargaining.

The table below is a summary of key improvements. Full details and the improved offer can be found here.

More benefits for work life balance$4000 over 4 yearsjob certainty for territory public servants

Summary of the improvements

Improved condition
Employee rights and entitlements
  • No reduction to current or future employee rights and entitlements.
Improved condition
Allowances
  • Continue Darwin CPI Increases on allowances listed in Determination Number 1 of 2021 relevant to the enterprise agreement. The allowances will not reduce if the Darwin CPI decreases
New paid leave entitlement Christmas Closedown
  • Paid leave for Christmas closedown to cover the working days between Christmas Day and New Year ’s Day
  • Employees who are required to work during this will get an equivalent entitlement to use within 12 months
Improved condition
Job security
  • No involuntary redundancies for the term of the Agreement (does not apply to redeployees greater than 2 years)
Improved condition
Further improvements to leave provisions
  • Parental Leave
    • Improvements to payment of employer superannuation guarantee contributions (SG) during the first 12 months of parental leave:
    1. SG paid during paid and unpaid Partner Leave provided the employee’s spouse is also an NTPS employee
    2. SG paid at double the legislated rate during a period of paid Primary Caregiver leave or Special Maternity Leave (stillbirth)
  • Emergency Leave
    • Retain current entitlement of three days Emergency Leave per year
      (the initial offer proposed 2 days per year)
  • Union delegate training leave
    • Remove the current 12 month service requirement to enable access to paid union delegate training earlier
Improved condition
Excess Travel Time
  • Employees, in receipt of salary up to the maximum annual salary of an Administrative Officer level 6, will be eligible to accrue time of in lieu (not paid overtime) in situations requiring excess travel time. (No change for employees currently eligible for Excess Travel Time).
Improved condition
Flexible Work arrangements
  • Only CEOs will have the authority to refuse an employee’s request to work from home
Improved condition
Commitments to review
  • Senior Pay Progression Scheme to be reviewed

Other changes to my improved offer

My improved offer also provides a range of other improvements to conditions such as dispute settlement procedures, lump sum payment provisions (for casuals and employees on leave without pay) and safe and healthy work environments, as set out in the attached information sheet.

As a number of the improvements above have cost implications it was necessary to review my initial offer to identify some offsets. My initial offer is amended as follows:

  • modify paid Health Screening Leave to provide 1 hour (not 2) per year (noting this amendment is still double the existing entitlement which is 1 hour every 2 years for cancer screening); and
  • withdrawal of the Transition to Retirement proposal (2 hours/year leave). Employees may still utilise flextime, TOIL or other leave for this purpose.

The additional improvements will see the Agreement as one of the most family supportive public sector agreements in the nation and will provide employees with greater certainty regarding employment conditions for the next 4 years.

Next Step

I have asked the parties to provide me with feedback on the improved offer by 1 October 2021.

Have your say – your feedback is important

Should you wish to express a view on the proposals or make a suggestion, you can provide your feedback to me by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au

More information

Regular bargaining updates will be posted to the OCPE webpage at Enterprise agreement negotiations – General NTPS

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment

24 September 2021

Let's stick together

As reported in Bulletin 8 I made an improved offer to unions and the self-nominated bargaining representative on 24 September 2021 for the new NTPS 2021 – 2025 Enterprise Agreement.

I have considered feedback provided by unions (bargaining representatives) on my further improved offer and it is now time to give you – the employees – the opportunity to have your say.

The new offer delivers significant improvements such as no reduction to current or future terms and conditions, enhanced job certainty, improved leave entitlements and greater flexibility for work life balance. A key improvement is 3 extra days leave for Christmas closedown and, if you’re rostered to work the closedown dates, you can use any of those 3 days before 24 December the next year.

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Ballot process – Your vote is confidential

The ballot process will be conducted by the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC).

On 18 October 2021 you will be sent information regarding the proposed NTPS 2021-2025 Enterprise Agreement, including a link to a copy of the proposed agreement and an explanatory document highlighting the changes compared with your current agreement. Hard copies of these documents will also be available throughout workplaces.

The NTEC ballot will be conducted on-line.  An email including a unique identifier will be sent to you at your NTPS email address on 26 October 2021, along with steps on how to cast and submit your confidential electronic vote. You will need your AGS number to complete the ballot process.

The on-line ballot will be emailed to you using the email account details contained in myHR.  If you won’t have access to your NTPS email during the ballot period or would prefer the electronic ballot to be sent to your private email account, please contact Rosanna Leitch on netvote.NTEC@nt.gov.au or  8999 7641 at the NT Electoral Commission and provide your updated details as soon as possible. (Please note you will need to provide your AGS number for NTEC to identify you)

Ballot timetable

The timetable for the ballot is:

Monday – 18 October Distribution and access to the proposed agreement and explanatory material
Tuesday – 26 October Ballot OPENS (7.00 am)
NTEC email with voting instructions and unique voting token number issued
Friday – 12 November Ballot CLOSES (3.00 pm)
Results declared

Update Your email address details before 17 October 2021

A reminder to all employees to update their email account which is listed in myHR by 17 October 2021.

If you have any questions on how to update your contact details, please contact Workforce Relations on 1800 225 547.

More information

For further information on the ballot process, please contact OCPE on email enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au or phone 8999 4282.

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process are available on the OCPE Webpage at the following link General NTPS - Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
14 October 2021

Let’s stick together and keep job security.

The purpose of this bulletin is to distribute the proposed NTPS 2021 – 2025 Enterprise Agreement for your consideration prior to casting your vote. The proposed agreement can be found at:

Proposed NTPS 2021 – 2025 Enterprise Agreement PDF (2.9 MB)

To assist you to understand the differences between your current agreement and the proposed new agreement, explanatory notes have been prepared and these can be found at: Explanatory Notes PDF (955.9 KB)

Printed copies of the proposed agreement and explanatory notes will be available around workplaces.

You should read these documents in order to understand the proposed agreement you will be voting on when the ballot opens.

Need help with the information?

Please notify your manager or contact Workforce Relations on email employee.relations@nt.gov.au if:

  • you need assistance in reading or understanding the proposed agreement; or
  • you do not have access to these documents (electronically or hardcopy).

Links to other relevant documents referenced in the proposed agreement can be found here:

Please contact OCPE at enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au for any further information on materials referenced in the proposed agreement that you have been unable to locate through the above links.

Make your vote count

Bulletin 9 contains information about the ballot process. The ballot opens on 26 October 2021 and I encourage you to have your say by casting a vote.

The electronic ballot will be emailed to you using your email account details contained in myHR.

If you won’t have access to your NTG email during the ballot period or would prefer the electronic ballot to be sent to your private email account, please contact Rosanna Leitch on netvote.NTEC@nt.gov.au or  8999 7641 at the NT Electoral Commission and provide your updated details as soon as possible. (Please note you will need to provide your AGS number for NTEC to identify you).

The ballot count will be conducted at NTEC offices in Darwin, Level 3 TCG Centre 80 Mitchell Street, Darwin.

More information

For further information on the proposed agreement, the explanatory notes or the ballot process, please contact OCPE on email enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au or phone 8999 4282.

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process are available on the OCPE Webpage at the following link General NTPS - Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment.

Let’s stick together and keep job security.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
18 October 2021

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This Ballot is Open – Have your say

The ballot for the proposed Northern Territory Public Sector 2021 – 2025 Enterprise Agreement has now opened.

It is important that you have your say by voting on the proposed agreement.

Your vote needs to be received prior to the ballot closing at 3.00pm on Friday 12 November 2021.

Vote yes

How to Vote

You should have received an email from the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) with instructions on how to vote electronically using the NTEC ‘Netvote’ system.

If you haven’t received an email, or need assistance with how to vote, please contact Rosanna Leitch at the NT Electoral Commission on netvote.NTEC@nt.gov.au or by calling 8999 7641.

Northern Territory Electoral Commission

The Northern Territory Electoral Commission is an independent authority who manages the ballot process and counting votes.

The NTEC ballot process ensures that all employee personal details remain confidential, and that voting preferences cannot be identified.

The ballot count will be conducted at the NTEC Office in Darwin, Level 3 TCG Centre 80 Mitchell Street Darwin.  The Commissioner will advise employees of the ballot result via a bulletin and a notice on the enterprise bargaining website for the General NTPS Enterprise Agreement Negotiations.

Make Your Vote Count

Every vote is important and can make a difference and I encourage you to take part in the ballot by casting your vote.

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More Information

Links to the proposed agreement, explanatory notes and relevant documents referenced in the proposed agreement are available in Bulletin 10.  There should also be hard copies available in your workplace.

For further information on the proposed agreement, the explanatory notes or the ballot process, please contact OCPE on email enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au or phone 8999 4282.

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process are available on the OCPE Webpage at the following link Enterprise agreement negotiations - General NTPS.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
26 October 2021

The Ballot for the NTPS General Agreement closes 3.00pm Friday 12 November 2021

The ballot for the proposed Northern Territory Public Sector 2021 – 2025 Enterprise Agreement closes at 3.00pm on Friday 12 November 2021.

If you haven’t already voted I encourage you to take part in the ballot by casting your vote.

All employees are entitled to vote. You do not have to be a union member to participate in the ballot.

Vote yes

Make Your Vote Count

The proposed agreement provides for a range of significantly improved employment conditions, job certainty and addresses a number of priority issues raised by bargaining representatives.

If the majority of employees who vote, vote YES, and the agreement is approved by the Fair Work Commissioner, the significant improvements to terms and conditions of employment for employees will be implemented.

Every vote is important and can make a difference and I encourage you to take part in this ballot by casting your vote.

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If the vote isn’t supported the current agreement will continue to apply, the lump sum payments can’t be passed on nor the offered improvements to conditions.

Northern Territory Electoral Commission

If you haven’t received an email to vote, or need assistance to vote, please contact NTEC on 8999 7641.

The NTEC ballot process ensures that all employee personal details remain confidential, and that voting preferences cannot be identified.

The ballot count will be conducted at the NTEC Office in Darwin, Level 3 TCG Centre 80 Mitchell Street Darwin. The Commissioner will advise employees of the ballot result via a bulletin and a notice on the enterprise bargaining website for the General NTPS Enterprise Agreement Negotiations.

More Information

Links to the proposed agreement, explanatory notes and relevant documents referenced in the proposed agreement are available in Bulletin 10.  There should also be hard copies available in your workplace.

For further information on the proposed agreement, the explanatory notes or the ballot process, please contact OCPE on email enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au or phone 8999 4282.

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process are available on the OCPE Webpage.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
3 November 2021

The ballot for the proposed Northern Territory Public Sector 2021 – 2025 Enterprise Agreement closes at 3.00pm on Friday 12 November 2021.

Thank you to all employees who have already voted for engaging with the bargaining process.

If you haven’t already voted I encourage you to take part in the ballot by casting your vote.

All employees are entitled to vote.  You do not have to be a union member to vote in the ballot.

Make Your Vote Count

For those of you who haven’t voted please use the new link sent to you by NTEC on Monday 1 November 2021.

If you haven’t received an email to vote, or need assistance to vote, please contact NTEC on 8999 7641.

Every vote is important and can make a difference.  I encourage you to take part in this ballot by casting your vote and having your say.

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More Information

Links to the proposed agreement, explanatory notes and relevant documents referenced in the proposed agreement are available in Bulletin 10.  There should also be hard copies available in your workplace.

For further information on the proposed agreement, the explanatory notes or the ballot process, please contact OCPE on email enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au or phone 8999 4282.

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process are available on the OCPE Webpage at the following link Enterprise agreement negotiations - General NTPS.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
Northern Territory Government

I wish to advise the proposed Northern Territory Public Sector 2021 – 2025 Enterprise Agreement was not approved by a majority of employees who voted in the ballot process.

The results of the ballot conducted by the NT Electoral Commission was as follows:

Number of Votes
YES 1552
NO 4442
TOTAL 5994

Next Steps

I believe conducting a ballot for the new Agreement was the right approach in all circumstances, it allowed employees to have their say on job certainty and proposed improvements to terms and conditions of employment for employees.

I will now consider the next steps and remind employees that bargaining is subject to the NTPS Wages Policy and the constraints of the current budget parameters.

Thanks to everyone involved

Thank you to all employees who participated in the ballot. It is important that employees take part in the enterprise agreement process and your involvement is appreciated.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
12 November 2021

Improved offer - $10,000 over 4 years

I am pleased to advise that on 23 November 2021 I made a further improved offer to bargaining representatives to settle the General enterprise agreement negotiations.

I am offering a substantial improvement to the proposed lump sum payment for employees in a genuine attempt to settle negotiations.

This is a great offer for all employees that significantly advantages our lower paid workers.  The proposed Agreement is one of the most family supportive public sector agreements in the nation and will provide employees with greater certainty regarding employment conditions during the next 4 years.

Summary of the improvement

More money on offer - $10,000 over 4 years

  • $4,000 lump sum payment and
  • $2,000 lump sum payment payable 12 months after the expiry of the previous agreement and annually during the term of the agreement.

Employer superannuation is also payable on the lump sum amounts (excluding defined benefit schemes).

All of the improvements and conditions previously offered remain, including the 3 days off for Christmas Closedown. See full detail of my improved offer.

New offer

Next Steps

I have asked bargaining representatives to provide me with feedback or counter proposals on the improved offer by 25 November 2021 which I will then consider.

Very soon I would like employees to have a say by voting.

I would like to go to ballot as soon as possible because, if voted up, employees will receive the 3 days Christmas Closedown provisions this year, and the first $4,000 lump sum payment in January 2022.

Have your say – your feedback is important

Should you wish to express a view on the proposals you can provide your feedback to me by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au.

More information

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process are available on the OCPE Webpage at the following link Enterprise agreement negotiations - General NTPS.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
24 November 2021

VOTE on the new Northern Territory Public Sector 2021-2025 Enterprise Agreement

As reported in Bulletin 15 I made an improved offer to unions on 23 November 2021 for the new NTPS 2021 – 2025 Enterprise Agreement.

I have considered feedback provided by unions on my significantly improved offer and it is now time to give you – the employees – the opportunity to have your say from 8 December 2021.

Summary of the improvement

More money on offer - $10,000 over 4 years

  • $4,000 lump sum payment and
  • $2,000 lump sum payment payable 12 months after the expiry of the previous agreement and annually during the term of the agreement.

Employer superannuation guarantee is applicable to the lump sum payments (excluding defined benefit schemes).  All of the improvements and conditions previously offered remain, including the 3 days off for Christmas Closedown. See full detail of my improved offer.

New offer

Ballot Process – Your Vote is confidential

The ballot process will be conducted by the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC).

On Monday 29 November 2021 you will be sent information regarding the proposed NTPS 2021 – 2025 Enterprise Agreement, including a link to the proposed agreement and an explanatory document highlighting the changes compared with your current agreement.  Hard copies of these documents will also be available throughout your workplace.

The ballot process will be conducted online.  An email including a unique identifier will be sent to you at your NTPS email address on 8 December 2021, along with steps on how to cast and submit your confidential electronic vote.  You will need your AGS number to complete the ballot process.

The online ballot will be emailed to you using the email account details contained in myHR. If you won’t have access to your NTPS email during the ballot period or would prefer the electronic ballot to be sent to your private email account, please contact NTEC on netvote.NTEC@nt.gov.au or 8999 7641 and provide your updated details as soon as possible. (Please note you will need to provide your AGS number for NTEC to identify you).

Please note, if you are accessing your emails through NTG webmail, the NTG system will not allow you to access the secure voting website. Employees will need to provide an alternative email address.

Ballot Timetable

The timetable for the ballot is:

DateAction
Monday 29 November 2021 Distribution and access to the proposed Agreement and explanatory material
Wednesday 8 December 2021 Ballot Opens NTEC email with voting instructions and unique voting token number issued
Friday 17 December 2021 Ballot Closes (10.00am) Results declared

The ballot count will be conducted at the NTEC Office in Darwin, Level 3 TCG Centre 80 Mitchell Street Darwin.  The Commissioner will advise employees of the ballot result via a Bulletin and a notice on the enterprise bargaining website for the General NTPS Enterprise Agreement Negotiations.

More information

For further information on the proposed agreement the ballot process, please contact OCPE on email enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au or phone 89994282.

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process are available on the OCPE Webpage at the General NTPS Enterprise Agreement Negotiations.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public
26 November 2021

Proposed Northern Territory Public Sector 2021-2025 Enterprise Agreement

The purpose of this bulletin is to distribute the proposed NTPS 2021-2025 Enterprise Agreement for your consideration prior to casting your vote. The proposed agreement can be found at:

Proposed NTPS 2021 - 2025 Enterprise Agreement PDF (5.3 MB).

To assist you to understand the differences between your current agreement and the proposed new agreement, explanatory notes telling you what the changes are, can be found at: Explanatory notes PDF (957.1 KB).

Printed copies of the proposed new agreement and explanatory notes will be available around workplaces for your information.

Please notify your manager or contact Workforce Relations on email employee.relations@nt.gov.au if:

  • You need assistance in reading or understanding the proposed agreement; or
  • You do not have access to these documents.

You should read these documents to understand the agreement you will be voting on.  Links to other relevant documents referenced in the proposed agreement can be found here:

Please contact OCPE at enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au for any further information or materials referenced in the proposed agreement.

Make YOUR Vote Count

Bulletin 16 contains information about the ballot process. The ballot opens on 8 December 2021, and I encourage you to have your say by casting a vote.

New offer

The electronic ballot will be emailed to you using the email account details contained in myHR. If you won’t have access to your NTPS email during the ballot period or would prefer the electronic ballot to be sent to your private email account, please contact NTEC on netvote.NTEC@nt.gov.au or 8999 7641 and provide your updated details as soon as possible. (Please note you will need to provide your AGS number for NTEC to identify you).

If the majority of employees who vote, vote YES and the Fair Work Commission approve the agreement, it will replace the current agreement.  Employees will receive the 3 days Christmas Closedown provisions this year, and the first $4,000 lump sum (gross) to be paid in January 2022.

More information

For further information on the proposed new agreement, the explanatory notes or the ballot process please contact OCPE on email enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au or phone 8999 4282.

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process will be posted to the OCPE Webpage dedicated to General NTPS Enterprise Agreement Negotiations.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
29 November 2021

Important information about employee representational rights in enterprise bargaining negotiations

Read the notice of employee representational rights PDF (25.2 KB).


Last updated: 29 November 2021

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