This census database is the only one of its kind in Australia, with a total of 140 000 agreements currently living in the site. The Department of Jobs and Small Business maintains and operates the database. On average about 8000 agreements are added to the WAD each year with approximately 200 separate data fields coded.
The WAD contains general details regarding sector, ANZSIC (Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification), duration of agreements, and number of employees covered by these agreements. The database contains wages information relating to all public and private federal enterprise agreements, which have been certified or approved since the introduction of Enterprise Bargaining principles in October 1991 and wages and conditions information for all federal enterprise agreements certified or approved since 1 January 1997.
The WAD contains details about conditions of employment contained within enterprise agreements, including, but not limited to individual flexibility arrangements, redundancy, superannuation, leave entitlements and training.
To request data from the WAD please fill out the Data Request Form.
The department will review requests on an individual basis and reserves its right to approve or decline data requests.
The Department encourages and responds to customised data requests from external stakeholders. In the interest of an evidence-based understanding of issues pertaining to the content of enterprise agreements and wider access by the public to Workplace Agreements Database (WAD) data, from December 2017 the Department has been making the data prepared for the customised requests available to other parties on request.
The original requestor’s information or the purpose of the request has not been published. The Customised data request form has been amended to this effect.
Accessing the enterprise agreements dataset
The WAD enterprise agreements dataset is available to approved users for research purposes.
The complete dataset allows approved users to conduct their own analytical research into workplace agreement matters.
For more information on obtaining access to the dataset, please see the Accessing the WAD Dataset page.