Industrial Relations Legislative Reform

Overview

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, a significant majority of these recommendations gave effect to the Industrial Relations Act 1999 that exists today.

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 fraternity and state government agencies.

The reference group considered Queensland's industrial relations laws and tribunals, in line with the established terms of reference (PDF 120 K).

The report of the Industrial Relations Legislative Reform Reference Group ‘A review of the industrial relations framework in Queensland (PDF 3,605 K)’ was provided to the Queensland Government on 23 December 2015. The Government is now considering its response to the Report's recommendations.

Review process

The process for the review included a public consultation process and the release of issues papers. The public consultation period has now closed.

View the published submissions.

Background information from the 1998 Review of Industrial Relations Legislation in Queensland

Review of Industrial Relations Legislation in Queensland: Issues Paper (September 1998) (PDF 4,190 K)
Review of Industrial Relations Legislation in Queensland: Taskforce Report (December 1998) (PDF 19,990 K)