The Industrial Relations Act 2016 (Qld) (the Act) regulates industrial organisations to ensure strong, effective and transparent governance and accountability obligations for state-registered industrial organisations.
The financial reporting and training requirements in the Act are similar to those in Federal legislation regulating industrial organisations. This allows industrial organisations with counterpart federal bodies to better manage administrative arrangements whilst retaining accountability to members.
The term ‘industrial organisations’ refers both to employee associations (unions) and employer associations.
The Act set out obligations to be met by industrial organisations in relation to:
Further information on the regulation of industrial organisations is available in the Act and on the QIRC website.
The industrial registrar has the authority to investigate breaches of the industrial organisations’ obligations.
Inspectors under the Act may also investigate and monitor industrial organisations’ compliance with records and accounts.
If a member of an industrial organisation believes the industrial organisation has stopped functioning effectively and there are no effective means under the rules by which the industrial organisation can function effectively then a person can make an application to the QIRC. A person may also make an application to the commission if he or she believes the industrial organisation’s rules do not comply with the requirements or if they believe that the industrial organisation is not operating in compliance with the rules of the industrial organisation.
For specific information contact your employer’s Human Resources or Industrial Relations area or your union.