Industrial relations

Industrial Relations supports improved productivity and fairness in Queensland workplaces. The Industrial Relations division provides:

  • advocacy, advice, and support to government agencies, including government owned corporations, on public sector industrial relation matters and bargaining
  • policy, legislation and research advice on state and national industrial relations matters
  • compliance and information services on Queensland's industrial relations laws for state and local government, long service leave, child employment, trading hours and holidays.
  • licensing and compliance services to protect vulnerable labour hire workers and promote the integrity of the labour hire industry in Queensland.

Our functions

Industrial relations strategic policy

Industrial relations strategic policy provides policy, legislation and research advice on state and national industrial relations matters.

Industrial relations regulation and compliance

Industrial relations regulation and compliance provide regulatory policy, compliance and information services in the state industrial relations system.

Industrial relations public sector

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

Labour hire licensing compliance

Labour hire licensing compliance provides a mandatory licensing scheme to protect labour hire workers and support responsible labour hire providers. Learn more at

Industrial relations laws

Laws used to govern industrial relations throughout Queensland:

  • Anzac Day Act 1995
  • Child Employment Act 2006
  • Holidays Act 1983
  • Industrial Relations Act 2016
  • Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017
  • Pastoral Workers Accommodation Act 1980
  • Private Employment Agents Act 2005
  • Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990
  • Workers Accommodation Act 1952

The Industrial Relations Act 2016 provides an industrial relations framework for Queensland and regulates the state public sector, local government employees and the employees of a number of statutory authorities.

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

Industrial relations legislative and regulatory obligations

Investigating portable long service leave entitlements for workers in the Social and Community Services Sector

The Queensland Government is investigating options for a portable long service leave (PLSL) scheme for workers in the social and community services (SACS) sector. Public consultation closes 4pm on Monday, 8 October 2018. Read more.

Regulation of the labour hire industry in Queensland

The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 commenced on 16 April 2018. Read an overview of the regulation of the labour hire industry in Queensland.

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. Most provisions of the Industrial Relations Act 2016 commenced on 1 March 2017. View the framework.

Building and construction Code of Practice 2000

To ensure its continued contribution to economic growth the Queensland Government is committed to the development and long-term viability of the building and construction industry in Queensland. Read more on the Code.

Last updated 06 September 2018