Program 2.2 Workplace assistance

The Protected Action Ballots Scheme

With one exception, under the Fair Work Act a ballot of eligible employees is required before protected industrial action can be taken to pursue claims during bargaining for an enterprise agreement; the exception is when the action is in response to industrial action by the other party. During 2016–17, the Department met the full cost of 423 ballots, paying $1.119 million under the scheme.