Industrial Relations

Industrial Relations supports improving workplace productivity and making Queensland workplaces fairer and more just places to work.

Industrial Relations is organised around its functions namely:

  • Industrial relations strategic policy
    • Providing policy, legislation and research advice on state and national industrial relations matters
  • Industrial relations regulation and compliance
    • Providing regulatory policy, compliance and information services in the state industrial relations system.
  • Industrial relations public sector
    • Providing information, advice, advocacy and support to government agencies including government owned corporations on public sector industrial relation matters.

IRPR has operational responsibility for the following Acts:

  • Industrial Relations Act 2016
  • Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990
  • Holidays Act 1983
  • Anzac Day Act 1995
  • Child Employment Act 2006
  • Private Employment Agents Act 2005
  • Pastoral Workers Accommodation Act 1980
  • Workers Accommodation Act 1952

The Industrial Relations Act regulates the state public sector, local government employees and the employees of a number of statutory authorities.

Industrial Relations also provides support to the Anzac Day Trust Fund.

Industrial relations public sector

Providing information, advice, advocacy and support to government agencies including government owned corporations on public sector industrial relation matters.

Regulation of the labour hire industry in Queensland

The Queensland Government continues to be concerned about the exploitation and mistreatment of labour hire workers. In response, it is seeking the views of stakeholders about its proposal for regulation of the labour hire industry in Queensland.

Trading hours review

On 31 August 2016, the Queensland Government approved Terms of Reference for a review of Queensland’s retail trading hours to assess the appropriateness of the current trading hours’ regulation and address anomalies in trading hours’ arrangements considering challenges facing small and large business, workers and the community and to promote job creation and business growth.

Industrial Relations Legislative Reform

A report of the Industrial Relations Legislative Reform reference group was provided to the Queensland Government on 23 December 2015. The process for the review included a public consultation process and the release of issues papers. The public consultation period has now closed.

Queensland Industrial Relations Framework

A comprehensive review of Queensland’s industrial relations laws resulted in the government adopting all 68 of the review’s recommendations which will promote a fair and balanced industrial relations framework.