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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14977


Ms Jackson asked the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, upon notice, on 12 February 2003:

(1) What is the average time taken by the Office of the Employment Advocate (OEA) to provide a response to a (a) written request from an employee for the expiry date of the Australian Workplace Agreement (AWA) under which he/she is employed and (b) Notice of AWA Termination from an employee.

(2) Has the OEA received requests for AWA expiry dates from employees of Burswood Resort Management Ltd. since 15 November 2002; if so, (a) how many, (b) when did the OEA receive each request and (c) on what date was a response given to each request.

(3) Has the OEA received AWA termination notices from employees of Burswood Resort Management Ltd. since 15 November 2002; if so, (a) how many, (b) when did the OEA receive each notice, (c) on what date was a response given to each request, (d) which AWAs have been terminated and (e) what was the termination date of each AWA.


Mr Abbott— (Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service) The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) The average time taken to respond to a request from an employee for the nominal expiry date of their AWA is approximately 10 working days from receipt of the request.

(b) The average time taken to issue Termination Notices is 20 working days from receipt of the request, provided it meets the requirements set forth in section 170VM(6) of the Workplace Relations Act 1996.

(2) The Workplace Relations Act 1996 Section 83BS provides that the Employment Advocate and those officers who assist him must not disclose information that will identify a party to an AWA except in the limited circumstances set out in Section 83BS(2). As those exceptions do not apply in this case neither the Employment Advocate nor officers who assist him can provide information to the Minister in relation to these matters.

(3) The Workplace Relations Act 1996 Section 83BS provides that the Employment Advocate and those officers who assist him must not disclose information that will identify a party to an AWA except in the limited circumstances set out in Section 83BS(2). As those exceptions do not apply in this case neither the Employment Advocate nor officers who assist him can provide information to the Minister in relation to these matters.