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Referral of powers to the Commonwealth

On 1 January 2010, Queensland’s private sector industrial relations powers were referred to the Commonwealth. However, the department continued to work with the Commonwealth Government to provide private sector industrial relations services to Queensland’s workers and employers, particularly those who were referred to the Commonwealth from 1 January 2010.

The national industrial relations system applies to all Queensland private sector employees, while public sector and local government workers remain under the state industrial relations system.

Fast fact

In December 2009, the department celebrated Queensland’s 150th anniversary by conducting a conference and launching a book, Work and Strife in Paradise: The History of Labour Relations in Queensland. The book was authored by several prominent academics and showcases the changes in labour relations in Queensland over the last 150 years.

Last reviewed
26 October 2010
Last updated
24 November 2011

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