Employment Guarantee

For operational and non-operational employees who transfer to the new operator(s), the following transfer arrangements will apply.



Transfer Arrangements



  • An employment guarantee period of two years will be provided, during which Award conditions of employment cannot be varied without agreement and an employee cannot be made involuntarily redundant other than for serious misconduct.

  • All Award staff covered by the Engineering and Maintenance Award and the Bus Operators Award will be offered their substantive role as at the time of transfer with the new operator(s), at the same level and at the same rate of pay.


  • Operational staff covered by the Senior and Salaried Officers (SSO) Award will also be offered their substantive role as at the time of transfer with the new operator(s), at the same level and at the same rate of pay.

  • The new operator(s) may also offer comparable employment to non-operational staff covered by the SSO Award, but this is not guaranteed.


What this means for you


Will I be offered the same type of employment as I have now?

Yes. You will be offered the same job at the same level and with the same status by the new operator(s).

How is my employment status affected?

Operational employees and non-operational employees who are offered a comparable role will be guaranteed employment with the new operator(s) doing the same job at the same level and with the same status (i.e. permanent full time, permanent part time or casual).


While the employment guarantee is for two years, it does not mean your employment status will change at the end of that period; it will continue subject to the operational requirements of the employer.

What happens once the employment guarantee period is over?

It will continue to be business-as-usual with the new operator(s). You will continue in your role under the Award terms and conditions in place at the time and your leave entitlements will continue to accrue in accordance with those terms and conditions.


If the new operator(s) decides to review particular positions or its organisational structure once the two-year employment guarantee period ends, it would need to consult with staff and unions in accordance with the relevant consultation provisions in the applicable Award or Enterprise Agreement.


For operational and non-operational employees who transfer to the new operator(s), the following transfer arrangements will apply.



Transfer Arrangements



  • An employment guarantee period of two years will be provided, during which Award conditions of employment cannot be varied without agreement and an employee cannot be made involuntarily redundant other than for serious misconduct.

  • All Award staff covered by the Engineering and Maintenance Award and the Bus Operators Award will be offered their substantive role as at the time of transfer with the new operator(s), at the same level and at the same rate of pay.


  • Operational staff covered by the Senior and Salaried Officers (SSO) Award will also be offered their substantive role as at the time of transfer with the new operator(s), at the same level and at the same rate of pay.

  • The new operator(s) may also offer comparable employment to non-operational staff covered by the SSO Award, but this is not guaranteed.


What this means for you


Will I be offered the same type of employment as I have now?

Yes. You will be offered the same job at the same level and with the same status by the new operator(s).

How is my employment status affected?

Operational employees and non-operational employees who are offered a comparable role will be guaranteed employment with the new operator(s) doing the same job at the same level and with the same status (i.e. permanent full time, permanent part time or casual).


While the employment guarantee is for two years, it does not mean your employment status will change at the end of that period; it will continue subject to the operational requirements of the employer.

What happens once the employment guarantee period is over?

It will continue to be business-as-usual with the new operator(s). You will continue in your role under the Award terms and conditions in place at the time and your leave entitlements will continue to accrue in accordance with those terms and conditions.


If the new operator(s) decides to review particular positions or its organisational structure once the two-year employment guarantee period ends, it would need to consult with staff and unions in accordance with the relevant consultation provisions in the applicable Award or Enterprise Agreement.


Page published: 04 September 2020, 11:13