Bargaining Updates

To keep you informed about the Enterprise Bargaining negotiations, updates will be published at each stage of the process. Also see the Bargaining Agendas webpage for the dates of bargaining meetings held, and their associated agendas.

Dear colleagues

As we open enterprise bargaining negotiations with the NTEU and CPSU, I’m getting in touch to share with you the context within which we are operating and which has shaped the key priorities the University will pursue in negotiating a new enterprise agreement.

Thanks to our collective efforts, despite adverse significant financial impact, we have navigated through 2020 largely on course and have withstood the first wave of financial impact arising from COVID-19.  Our current enterprise agreement and people-focused policies have served us well and have enabled us to respond to the challenges we’ve faced to date.  With any recovery in international student numbers now not anticipated until well into 2022, and with the commencement of the Job Ready Graduate Scheme from next year, we are facing greater financial challenges ahead in 2022 and 2023 and possibly even further out. 

We have a solid institutional strategy and we’re not about to change direction, but given what we know, and what lies ahead, it is important that we understand what’s realistic and achievable in a new enterprise agreement.  A key priority in 2020, and again this year, was to preserve employment levels as best we can and this will remain front of mind as we negotiate a new agreement.  To do this we will continue to exercise prudence and restraint and this approach will underpin how we respond to the matters discussed in our negotiations.

Our key priorities are modest, reflecting the reality of our context and position, and are positioned to maintain those current employment conditions that have served us well.  Our key priorities are now available under the bargaining updates section on the University’s enterprise bargaining website along the NTEU and CPSU logs of claims the University has received from both unions.

We look forward to continuing through constructive negotiations with the NTEU and CPSU and we will keep staff regularly informed as bargaining progresses. 

If you have any questions or feedback please contact People, Talent and Culture at

Best regards,


Professor David G. Lloyd FTSE FRSC
Vice-Chancellor and President
University of South Australia

See details of the NTEU Log of Claims (PDF 139KB).

See details of the CPSU Log of Claims (PDF 700KB).

I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on the progress of the University’s enterprise bargaining negotiations.

Since our first bargaining meeting on 25 March 2021, the bargaining teams of the University, NTEU and CPSU have met on 3 occasions (25 March, 21 April and 13 May). We have established, and agreed to, a set of enterprise bargaining protocols to facilitate a positive and constructive bargaining process, a copy of which can be viewed here. These bargaining protocols also include details of the bargaining units and membership for the University and each union.

We look forward to further consultative and collaborative discussions over the coming months and are next scheduled to meet on 3 June 2021. We anticipate that we will explore the following matters over the coming period of negotiation:

  • confirmation of meeting scheduling
  • legislative changes
  • union claims.

I look forward to providing further communication regarding the progress of bargaining soon. In the meantime, for information regarding enterprise bargaining please click here. You can also contact us at People, Talent and Culture via with any questions and feedback you would like to offer.

Jane Booth
Executive Director: People, Talent and Culture
People, Talent and Culture (HRM)
Chancellery (CHY)

Notice of Employee Representational Rights

The University is commencing negotiations for our next Enterprise Agreement with the NTEU and CPSU on 25 March 2021, as the nominal expiry date of the current University of South Australia Enterprise Agreement 2019 is 30 June 2021.

As negotiations are about to commence, all academic, professional, security and grounds staff covered by the current Enterprise Agreement are advised of their right to appoint a bargaining representative, as set out in the Notice of Employee Representational Rights.

Staff are encouraged to keep informed about the process and have input into the bargaining progress via the Enterprise Bargaining website, or by emailing People, Talent and Culture with questions and feedback.

We look forward to a constructive bargaining process and will keep staff informed as the negotiations progress.

Ms Jane Booth
Executive Director: People, Talent and Culture
People, Talent and Culture (HRM)
Chancellery (CHY)

Dear colleagues

I am writing to let you know that the University is liaising with the NTEU and the CPSU to commence negotiation of our next Enterprise Agreement.  The current Agreement nominally expires in June and we will look to start negotiations on a new agreement this month.

You will see further communication about the bargaining process in the staff announcements and there will be a webpage which will provide information and updates as discussions progress.  You can also contact People, Talent and Culture - - with questions and feedback. 

For this round of negotiations, the University’s bargaining team will include Professor Joanne Cys, Executive Dean: UniSA Creative, Jane Booth, Executive Director: People Talent and Culture, Mark Gladigau, Associate Director Workplace Strategy, and Anne-Marie Edmonds, Manager: Employee Relations.

The discussions will take place at a challenging time given that the significant impacts of COVID are still being felt across our community, and especially in higher education, and this will continue for some time.  As you know the University has committed to maintaining employment levels as best we can, and we’ve honoured previously agreed salary increases and working conditions.  Through our collective efforts, I think we can feel some pride in how well our staff have so far weathered the unique circumstances we have faced and continue to face.  We are in a strong position to deal collectively – and prudently - with the continuing pressures on our finances and operations.  As a result, the bargaining process and its timing presents us with an important opportunity to strengthen our distinctive culture and workplace, to build on the University’s 30 years of success, and to further our mission as Australia’s University of Enterprise.

I look forward to the consultative and collaborative discussions that will take place over the next few months.



Professor David G. Lloyd
Vice-Chancellor and President
University of South Australia

For further details regarding the bargaining priorities please refer to the UniSA Bargaining Priorities 2021 - In Further Detail PDF (1.3MB).