Modern employment conditions can be found in the Queensland Employment Standards and employees’ applicable industrial instruments. They apply to all employees in the Queensland industrial relations jurisdiction.
Please note: private sector employees in Queensland are generally covered by the federal Fair Work Act 2009, and the National Employment Standards under that Act.
The QES are a set of minimum employment standards contained in the Industrial Relations Act 2016 (Qld) (the Act). The QES guarantee employees’ minimum entitlements or rights on the following matters:
Full details of the QES entitlements and conditions are set out in Chapter 2, Part 3 of the Act.
The applicability of some QES will depend whether you are working full-time or part-time, or if you are employed on a casual basis. Specifically:
In addition to the QES, employment conditions may be found in applicable industrial instruments as long as they do not displace, or are otherwise inconsistent with the QES and are at least as favourable as the QES.
A modern award and a certified agreement may apply to an employee at the same time.
For specific information, contact your employer’s Human Resources or Industrial Relations area or your union.