Deadline for notifying staff about pre-2010 collective agreements

22 May 2023

Employers who have a pre-2010 collective agreement that covers one or more employees (also known as “zombie” agreements) are required to notify affected employees in writing about the sunsetting of the agreement. These agreements will automatically terminate on 7 December 2023 unless an application is made for it to be extended.

The notice to employees about the sunsetting must be done before 7 June 2023. Failure to notify employees may attract a civil penalty.

A guide for employers and a template notice can be found on the Fair Work Commission’s website.

Disclaimer: This summary is a guide only and is not legal advice. For further information, call ECA Legal on (08) 6241 6129 or email