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17 Oct 13
New industrial relations laws for Queensland

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The Queensland State Government has today introduced a Bill into Parliament that proposes the largest set of reforms to industrial relations regulation in the Queensland public sector since the introduction of the Industrial Relations Act 1999 (Qld).

The Industrial Relations (Fair Work Act Harmonisation No. 2) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 (Bill) proposes a range of reforms including:

  • award modernisation modelled on the Fair Work process designed to simplify and reduce the number of awards in the state system
  • the Queensland Employment Standards – a new set of statutory minimum terms and conditions drawn largely from the existing standards for leave, notice of termination and redundancy
  • a new regime for certified agreement negotiation with tighter reigns on industrial action that could affect services to the community and restrictions on certified agreement content., and
  • the introduction of the ability to offer high-income guarantee contracts of employment to employees who earn more than $129,300.  These contracts will exclude the operation of awards and certified agreements.

The Bill also provides for the appointment of an existing Supreme Court judge as the President of the Queensland Industrial Court, following the recent retirement of President David Hall.

Most of the changes are proposed to commence on 1 December, following consideration by the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee which is required to report on the Bill no later than 14 November.

Our Workplace Relations and Safety team is conducting a seminar on the proposed changes on 4 November.  Click here to register for this important seminar.


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