The resolution of employment relations disputes, whether individual or collective, is the core responsibility of the Conciliation and Arbitration Section of the Agency. Disputes are resolved through individual or collective conciliation, mediation or arbitration. These services are referred to as third party alternative dispute resolution processes (ADR). They are an alternative to the use of the law or industrial action. The Agency offers these third party services on a voluntary and confidential basis.
The Agency’s Workplace Information Service is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Workplace Information Service advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Workplace Information Service is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.
The Workplace Information Service provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.
While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.