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Safe, fair and productive workplaces and communities


Technology is radically altering the ways we work, the way we live and how we connect with our world. This means our interactions are increasingly sophisticated and changing the connections between businesses, employees and communities.​

These changes mean what will make businesses thrive tomorrow will be different from what makes them succeed today. As Queensland industries evolve to respond to a services-focused and knowledge-based economy, so too do the skills and capabilities needed by Queensland’s workforce. Keeping pace with the changing world of work and diverse ways of working will require new responses by government. Ensuring Queensland workplaces are fair and productive will drive the economy and deliver social and economic prosperity.

Our focus on better, more contemporary regulation practices and industrial laws is supporting improved productivity and fairness in our workplaces to make sure all Queenslanders are healthy and fit for work. An ageing population and an ageing workforce create new challenges for our economy, productivity, service delivery and workforce planning.

Making Queensland safe is not just about our workplaces but our homes, community facilities and social opportunities. Key to a safe Queensland is raising awareness and knowledge across our community that safety is everyone’s responsibility. By harnessing the benefits of diverse, vibrant and healthy communities, we are making Queensland the best place to live, work and play.​​

Safe workplac​es and homes

We will make sure Queenslanders are safe at work and home by:

  • providing practical solutions to current and emerging trends that impact health and safety
  • monitoring and improving physical and psychological work environments
  • using directed compliance and sanctions to enforce work health and safety and electrical safety laws
  • driving safety leadership and culture through education and engagement
  • raising awareness of working and living safely around electricity.

All workplaces are fair and productive

We will make sure all workplaces are fair and productive by:

  • supporting workplace productivity and fairness through an equitable industrial relations framework
  • negotiating fair and productive public sector industrial agreements through good faith bargaining
  • achieving high quality outcomes through effective implementation of contemporary policy and legislative frameworks
  • providing a fair and efficient workers’ compensation scheme and return to work practices that better serve industry and injured workers
  • engaging with workers and industry to provide analysis and advice on industrial relations issues
  • ensuring compliance with Queensland’s industrial relations laws providing advice to government as a partner in the Fair Work system.

Create jobs in a strong economy

Keep communities safe

Be a responsive government​

Protectin​g Queensland workers

First state to introduce
Labour Hire Licensing​​​​​​​

Our measures

  • industry and community awareness of healthy, safe and fair work principles and benefits
  • reduction in workplace and electrical incidents and injuries
  • participation in business programs and interventions
  • return to work outcomes
  • timely dispute resolution

​​Office of Industrial Relations

The Office of Industrial Relations joined the Department of Education in December 2017, reporting to The Hon. Grace Grace MP, Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations.

The Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) comprises of:​

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Last updated
18 July 2018