Industrial Relations Act 2016 - Queensland


Service type

Regulatory Obligation

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

Additional information

Enquiries about private sector wages and employment conditions should refer to the Federal Fair Work Ombudsmans website.

Information on child employment, private employment agents, trading hours, public holidays and long service leave continues under the Queensland jurisdiction. Information can be found via the Industrail Relations website.


Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

Authorised industrial inspectors have powers to monitor and enforce compliance with the Act and to institute proceedings against breaches of its provisions.

It is an offence to disadvantage a person because they are or are not a member of an industrial organisation.

There are penalties for non-compliance with orders or decisions made by, an Industrial Magistrate for breaches of awards and agreements. Offences may incur fines and/or imprisonment in some cases. The Industrial Commission may make orders concerning reinstatement and compensation in unlawful dismissal matters.

Review or Appeal Mechanisms:

An appeal against a decision of an Industrial Commissioner may be made to the Industrial Court, but only on an error of law, or for excess, or want, of jurisdiction.

An appeal on a ground other than an error of law or for excess, or want, of jurisdiction against the Industrial Commission, or a decision by an Industrial Magistrate, may be made to the full bench to the Industrial Relations Commission.

An appeal from the full bench of the Industrial Relations Commission, that included the President, goes to the Court of Appeal, but only on error of law or for excess, or want, of jurisdiction.

An appeal against some decisions of the Industrial Court may be made to the Court of Appeal.

Administering agency

Office of Industrial Relations

Contact details

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Brisbane Office

Office of Industrial Relations

Queensland Treasury

Phone: 1300 362 128
Other: 07 3006 6714
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