Workers Accommodation Act 1952 - Queensland

Service summary

To provide a minimum standard of accommodation for workers in selected industries.

The Act prescribes the criteria for the provision of accommodation by employers to workers in sawmills, sugar mills, sugar farms, meat works and civil construction.

It also sets out the obligations of workers with respect to the accommodation provided.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Definition of terms


any construction work performed by workers or any work performed by workers on, in, about or in connection with any meat works, sawmill, sugar farm or sugar works.

Additional information

Reference Workers Accommodation Act 1952; S5 & 12


Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

Inspectors authorised under the Act have powers to enter and inspect premises and to issue orders to rectify breaches of the legislation.

Failure to comply with, or contravention of, any provision of the Act is an offence.

Prosecutions for offences are brought before an Industrial Magistrate and fines are imposed on conviction.

It must be noted that the Act will have minimal impact on the above nominated industries as accommodation issues in contemporary times have, in the main been incorporated into relevant industrial instruments (whether Federal or State) applicable to those industries.

Review or Appeal Mechanisms:

An appeal against a decision by an Industrial Magistrate may be made to the Industrial Court.

Administering agency

Queensland Treasury
Private Sector Industrial Relations
Industrial Relations Services

Contact details

Information Services
Queensland Treasury
Private Sector Industrial Relations
Industrial Relations Services


07 3225 2299


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