Bulletin 2 - negotiations have commenced - issued 12 March 2021

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

I am pleased to advise we had a productive meeting with representatives from my office, Jacana Energy (as representatives of the employer) and employee representative nominated bargaining agents, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and delegates on 9 March 2021 with all parties listening and taking time to understand each other’s proposals.

I am happy to advise that, as the employer, we propose to maintain all current conditions and have put forward a number of generous improvements that enhance flexible work options and, most importantly, a family-friendly agreement.

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

Details of the proposals

Please see the below table outlining the proposed conditions:

$1,000 lump sum payment per annum A 4 year agreement
An improved performance development framework - a more achievable process, removing the needs for employees to reach an exceed rating and reduce the number of increment for all levels Introduction of a team leader allowance for JL1s
Commencement of salary for new JL1s in line with skills, knowledge and experience Move leave related by-laws into the 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
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 (eg. aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or first cousin)
Improve existing provision to allow an employee to access up to 2 hours per annum for mental health screening/cancer screening Re-branding of purchased leave to flexible-lifestyle leave to support work life balance. Improve existing to entitlement to purchase up to 8 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 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
Jacana Energy to have in place principles for a casual employee to have the right to request conversion to ongoing/fixed period employment after 12 months 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 2 hours paid leave per annum to seek independent financial advice on superannuation options

A formal offer will be made before the expiry of the agreement (30 June 2021) following bargaining discussions.

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 or by mail to:

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

More information

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process will be posted on the OCPE webpage for Jacana Energy enterprise agreement negotiations.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
12 March 2021

Last updated: 04 May 2022

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