Workplace Rights and Co-operative Industrial Relations Grants Program

Grant program overview

The Queensland Government is calling for applications to receive grant funding to promote and celebrate workplace rights and cooperative industrial relations in Queensland. Applications are due by Monday 21 October 2019.

About the grant program

The Queensland Government is committed to building fair, safe and productive workplaces and communities, where workers' rights are protected and advanced, and businesses are able to grow and invest, and create jobs with good wages and conditions. Queensland has a proud record in this regard, often leading the nation in supporting workers' rights while creating a positive environment for business to flourish in a growing economy.

This has not happened by accident. It has been underpinned by the combined efforts of workers and their unions, employers and employer representatives, who have all contributed in different ways to a modern and co-operative industrial relations environment. It is a record of achievement which should be celebrated and promoted and which the Queensland Government wants to encourage into the future.

The Government has established a Workplace Rights and Co-operative Industrial Relations Grant Program (grant program). The grant program is intended to promote the achievements of unions, workers, employers and their representative organisations in establishing modern workplace rights and co-operative industrial relations which have contributed to a fairer and more productive Queensland economy and society, and to support ongoing efforts to promote fair, safe and productive workplaces and communities. The grant program also aligns to Queensland Government commitments for best practice industrial relations, workplace health and safety, and training and skills development.

The grant program is open to industrial organisations registered within the State's industrial relations jurisdiction, including their peak bodies.

Proposals for grant applications could include (but are not limited to) community events, public forums and seminars, research projects, and publications or other media and online communications (e.g. short films or documentaries), that will promote or celebrate past industrial relations achievements or encourage new opportunities for promoting a positive and co-operative industrial relations agenda in Queensland. Examples could include (but again not limited to) events and activities that support and promote: 

  • Queensland Government initiatives and policies that assist workers, business and local economies
  • the role of employers, employer organisations, workers and their unions in supporting Queensland's economic prosperity
  • the history of establishing workers' rights in Queensland
  • collaborative efforts at the enterprise or industry level to improve workforce development and workplace performance
  • the development of flexible work arrangements to support work and life balance , and
  • the development and promotion of workplace initiatives to combat domestic and family violence (DFV) and provide support for the victims of DFV.  

A total of $500,000 will be granted each year from 2019 to 2021 to support programs to be delivered over this time.

Who can apply

The grant program is open to industrial organisations registered within the State's industrial relations jurisdiction, including their peak bodies.

Eligible organisations may apply for grant funding covering a period of up to three years (i.e. if a program extends beyond a single year, additional applications in subsequent years may not be required).

How applications will be assessed

Applicants will be assessed by an independent panel of experts who will make recommendations to the Minister for Industrial Relations on the applications and the allocation of grant funding. The panel will assess applications according to the following criteria:

Terms of reference

Criteria Details
Promotion of workplace rights and co-operative industrial relations in Queensland The proposal will celebrate and promote achievements for improved workplace rights and co-operative industrial relations in Queensland.
Links to key government commitments The proposal will support relevant government priorities and objectives, including the promotion of:
  • collective bargaining and effective communication
  • high standards in workplace health and safety
  • training and skills development, and
  • protection and support for vulnerable workers (e.g. workers experiencing domestic or family violence, victims of wage theft, migrant workers, women and young people in the workforce).
Benefits to the community The proposal will have a clearly-identified target community and the benefits to this community will be readily identifiable.

The diversity of the Queensland population (e.g. regional communities, ESL communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, Queenslanders with a disability, young people) will be catered for.

Community engagement approach The proposal will encourage community participation, including Queenslanders in rural and remote areas, and Indigenous communities where appropriate to the proposal.

Grants will not be provided for the promotion of individual organisations, or for activities that directly support current workplace negotiations.

How to apply

Applications are required to address the above criteria and include a detailed description of your proposal. The submission should include timeframes for activities, funding requirements, measures for success (including against the grant program’s selection criteria) and reporting arrangements.

Your proposal must be accompanied with a completed Application Coversheet and emailed to oedpsir [at]

All organisations will receive notification of the outcome of their application and successful applicants will also be listed on this website. View the Workplace Rights and Co-operative Industrial Relations Grants made in 2018/2019.

Program key dates

21 October 2019 Closing date for applications.
Late February 2020 Applicants notified and funding contracts executed for successful applicants.

Last updated 25 September 2019