The federal government will soon release details of its proposed changes to workplace right of entry provisions.

Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten says the changes will be brought forward "in the next few weeks", after consultation with unions and employers.

"Whatever we come up with will reflect days, weeks and months of consultation and negotiation and will be informed by what happens in the real world," he told reporters on the Gold Coast on Tuesday.

The minister described the prospects of consensus as "unicorn-like", but is committed to delivering changes before the September federal election.

Employer groups argue union officials too frequently visit some workplaces and that some unions use the visits to compete against other unions for membership.

A recent review of the Fair Work Act recommended the Fair Work Commission be given greater power to resolve disputes about the frequency of workplace visits by union officials.

Unions say the government should make it easier to access workplaces.

Under current laws, a notice is required before entering a workplace and written notice should be given no less than 24 hours and no more than 14 days before a proposed visit.

The visitor also needs to detail the suspected breach of the Act and who is affected by the suspected breach.


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