Queensland’s industrial relations laws were last comprehensively reviewed in 1998. The Final Report of the 1998 Industrial Relations Taskforce provided 166 recommendations to government and a significant majority of these recommendations gave effect to the Industrial Relations Act 1999.
Since the 1998 review the industrial landscape in Queensland has changed significantly. Private sector industrial relations is now largely regulated by the national workplace relations system and the Queensland industrial relations system is primarily comprised of state and local government sectors.
The Queensland Government has committed to a wide-ranging review of the state’s industrial relations system. The review is a unique opportunity to consider the state’s industrial relations regulatory framework in light of the jurisdictional changes and to make recommendations for industrial relations reform.
The government established the Industrial Relations Legislative Reform Reference Group to undertake this review.
Industrial Relations Legislative Reform Reference Group
The Industrial Relations Legislative Reform Reference Group included representatives of key stakeholders operating within the State’s industrial relations system. These include trade unions, employer associations, local government, Queensland’s legal community and state government agencies.
The reference group considered Queensland’s industrial relations laws and tribunals, in line with the established Terms of reference.