1. Introduction

1.1 This Agreement is to be known as the Department of the Senate Enterprise Agreement 2012 – 2015.

2. Objectives

2.1 The key objectives of this Agreement are to:

(a) deliver services to the Senate, senators and others in an efficient, flexible and effective manner; and

(b) provide fair, equitable and competitive pay and conditions of employment for existing employees, that are also attractive to prospective employees.

2.2 The following commitments will help achieve these objectives:

(a) using technology and innovation to improve performance and productivity;

(b) managing resources effectively to match the work demands of the Senate;

(c) planning for the future to meet the challenges that lie ahead;

(d) providing a healthy and safe working environment for employees, and managing the risks and costs associated with accidents and illness;

(e) matching information systems, furniture and equipment with departmental needs;

(f) supporting supervisors in managing their employees and resources to achieve results; and

(g) providing enhanced services to the Senate and senators.