The Queensland industrial relations framework and the Industrial Relations Act 2016 (the Act) promotes consultation and cooperative industrial relations between employees, employers, unions and relevant employer organisations through a range of measures.
Genuine consultation promotes productive and cooperative workplace relations and is essential to the development of a fair and balanced industrial relations framework in Queensland.
Genuine consultation means providing employees, employers, unions and relevant employer organisations with the opportunity to be involved in decision making about industrial relations matters that affect them.
It improves fairness by giving employees a representative voice in matters that directly impact on their working lives.
The Act provides for the creation of a new Queensland Industrial Relations Consultative Committee; good faith bargaining; modern awards including a requirement for employers to consult employees; as well as providing that consultation must occur before directives are issued for Queensland public service employees (including by amendment to the Public Service Act 2008).
The Queensland Industrial Relations Consultative Committee is a high level forum that discusses proposed changes to industrial relations laws and other industrial relations issues.
Members of the Queensland Industrial Relations Consultative Committee are:
The Act provides for good faith bargaining to promote parties consulting and working towards reaching agreement when making agreements or bargaining awards.
Modern awards, agreements and bargaining awards must include consultative measures to ensure employees and their representatives have a say in matters that relate directly to their conditions of employment.
These measures will:
A directive is issued by the Minister and can determine employment conditions for all or specified employees in the Queensland public service.
The Public Service Act 2008 requires that consultation occur between public sector agencies and unions before a directive is issued or amended. This will also ensure that employees are represented in matters that directly affect them.
For specific information contact your employer’s Human Resources or Industrial Relations area or your union.