Summary: Based on information provided to me by a number of people over the last few months, I decided to ask my HR contact who first made me aware of ERMS, if he could explain how it works. This was his reply.....
Names and other identifiers removed as per his request.
Ok so this is how it works:
- In regards to Gorgon, Ichthys ,Wheatstone, or any other job or project, firstly it's the usual recruitment process. They would need to talk to you, get your permission to conduct reference checks and then submit you into ERMS.
- In regards to requesting a copy of your details from your previous employer, that is covered by the privacy act. You have to request the information in writing and they have to respond within a 'reasonable' timeframe. You are entitled to see anything that is on your hard copy file as well as print outs of anything held on their electronic personnel database.
- In regards to ERMS, the number is 9226 2828. In regards to being made first, second ,or third choice, I'll try and explain how the ERMS system works.
- You get contacted about a job
- They want to progress with your application
- You will be asked to fill out the 'Registration of Interest' form, either hard copy or electronic through a website
- They will ask for your permission to contact your referees
- Then the details of your references plus the information from your Registration of Interest form will get entered into ERMS
The next step happens with ERMS:
- When your application comes in, they firstly check if you have been through their system before
- If you have, they will match up your records
- Then it goes to the verification team
- They will check all the data entered to make sure no fields have been missed and that you have the required qualifications
- They will also check your references, this includes the ones submitted by the current contractor and the ones submitted as previous demob evaluations from other contractors who have put you through ERMS
- Now, if any of those previous ERMS demob assessments have any issues eg 3rd choice to re-employ, they will check to see if the current contractor has used that particular company as one of your references.
- They could call that referee again to verify the information eg they consider you a yes or no to re-employ
- Generally in this situation they would decline the ERMS submission and send it back to the contractor electronically with a quick note eg 'Please confirm reference from XYZ' or 'Please contact the ERMS team for further information'
- Then it's up to the contractor to call that referee to get a reference or call them to re-check what they previously told them
- Then it's up to the contractor, pending what the reference says, as to whether or not they want to re-submit you through ERMS for review
In the specific case with the 3rd choice, I have seen this before. This comes down to the contractor, they might identify through the ref check that there was indeed some 'sour grapes' in regards to the assessment they gave you. This comes down to many things such as what you say in regards to why you left and if it matches to what they say. The contractor may feel that you did the best you could in the situation and that there were no issues with your work performance, it's just 'sour grapes' and they'd still really like to have you on board.
In this instance, they can re-submit your application in ERMS and then send the ERMS team and the client an email to advise of the situation and that they still want you processed. It is then up to the client eg Chevron to say yes or no. It really comes down to each individual situation. Some clients are much more 'black and white' and others are more flexible.
I hope this makes sense. So I suggest, if you want your ERMS report, pushing to get a copy of your full personnel file from the company in question as well as what ERMS is holding on their database about you. If either of them don't seem willing to comply, a letter from a lawyer always works as you are entitled to this data under the privacy act.
BELOW I HAVE PROVIDED A SAMPLE OF A REPLY SUPPLIED BY ERMS
For any of you who may wish to apply to ERMS for a copy of your file, be warned that they do charge a fee for the information.
(Replying to a request by an employer for verification of a prospective employee.)
Name of person ( prospective employee being checked )
Name of Company they will be working for
This is a system-generated email from Enable ERMS to confirm that the following Request for Verification (RFV) submitted by you on ( date & time ) now has a status of meets project criteria:
This is a system generated email from Enable
For technical assistance please contact Enable Support
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Ph: (08) 9226-2828
Sent: date & time
To : persons email address
( Information being supplied by ERMS to the recipient )
This is a system-generated email from Enable ERMS
contact details can be found on the Enable website under HELP/CONTACTS.
This is a system generated email from Enable
This example shows that ERMS is, indeed, real, in case any of you had any past doubts as to the existence of ERMS and how it can BACKLIST YOU FOR JOBS, and how and by what system the ERMS program works.
For any of you out there who believe you may be blacklisted there are couple of web sites that have been expressly set up for you to join and share you info and your stories with other affected fellow workers.
The WattsApp Group, accessible via your mobile phone on the WattsApp Group application, provided by WattElectricalNews: https://chat.whatsapp.com/78vDn6FeVR0GXbMQt6tdAR. There is discussion within regularly. You can connect to the WhatsApp via your desk top through this https://web.whatsapp.com/
There is a separate section within the WattElectricalNews web site for ERMS which you can find at http://www.wattelectricalnews.com/searchtags/ERMS
I hope I have now put to rest all the speculation and the denials by the uninformed and or the ostriches and flat Earther’s.