Services in both the state and commonwealth systems
Under the state industrial relations system, the key compliance services delivered from 1 July 2009 to 31 December 2009 were:
- number of finalised wage complaints – 1 165
- number of wages and employment conditions audits – 1 308
- number of child employment audits – 1 335
- number of private employment agents audits – 3
- amount of unpaid wages adjusted - $2.47 million.
Since 1 January 2010, under contract to the Commonwealth Fair Work Ombudsman, the industrial inspectorate delivers compliance services such as wage complaint investigation, audit campaigns and education services under the commonwealth industrial relations system.
The former Australian Industrial Relations Commission conducted an award modernisation process from July 2008 to December 2009. The result was a comprehensive set of modern awards with transitional provisions to allow for differences in wage rates, loadings and penalties to be gradually reduced or increased to the relevant modern award rate. The new awards took effect from 1 January 2010. Transitional provisions allowing for differences in wage rates, loadings and penalties to be gradually adjusted to meet the relevant modern award rate will take effect from 1 July 2010 and end on the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2014.
Queensland state awards were transferred to the commonwealth industrial relations system as a consequence of Queensland’s referral of industrial relations powers to the Commonwealth for the private sector. They cease to operate on 31 December 2010 when commonwealth awards will apply to workers previously covered by State Industrial awards.