Pastoral Workers' Accommodation Act 1980 - Queensland

Service summary

To ensure that a minimum standard of accommodation for workers engaged on pastoral properties is provided and

The Act prescribes the criteria for the provision of accommodation by employers to pastoral workers. It also sets out the obligations of workers with respect to the accommodation provided.

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Pastoral Workers Accommodation Regulation 2003; S4 & 5
  • Pastoral Workers Accommodation Standard (Part 5.6 of the Queensland Development Code).

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

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

Definition of terms


includes buildings, tents, structures, rooms, fittings, furnishings, equipment, facilities and amenities.

Pastoral work

work in connection with: management, rearing or grazing of horses, cattle or sheep on premises other than dairy farms; shearing or crutching of sheep; scouring, sorting or pressing of wool; work declared under a regulation to be pastoral work.

Additional information

Reference: Pastoral Workers Accommodation Act 1980: S8-12.


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.

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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