Work groups for a single business

If there is a failure of negotiations over an agreement or a variation to an agreement for work group(s) within a single business or undertaking, an inspector can be appointed to make a decision on the agreement. An inspector can only help resolve issues involving multiple businesses or undertakings.

An inspector may decide:

  • the number and composition of work groups
  • the number of health and safety representatives (HSR) and deputies to be elected
  • the workplace/s the work groups will apply to
  • the business or undertaking the work group/s will apply to
  • anything that is the subject of the proposed variation
  • that the work group should not be formed
  • that the agreement should not be varied.

If the request is being made by a person authorised to represent a worker or group of workers, verbal or written confirmation of the authorisation will be required.