In many cases, bargaining commences consensually at the invitation of either an employee bargaining representative or the employer, and negotiations between bargaining representatives proceed in good faith.
Employer initiates or agrees to bargain for a proposed enterprise agreement
Employer issues employees with a notice of employee representational rights
Employees may appoint bargaining representatives
Good faith bargaining
Representatives bargain for a proposed enterprise agreement
Employer asks employees to approve proposed enterprise agreement (by voting)
Bargaining representative lodges enterprise agreement with the Commission for approval
The Commission approves enterprise agreement
 JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd v Transport Workers’ Union of Australia  FWAFB 9963 (Lawler VP, O’Callaghan SDP, Bissett C, 22 December 2010) at para. 64, [(2010) 202 IR 180].