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    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    IR Review paves way for modern, updated industrial relations laws

    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Friday, March 04, 2016

    IR Review paves way for modern, updated industrial relations laws

    The State Government will continue consulting with stakeholders and the public on potential changes to Queensland’s industrial relations laws.

    Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said an independent IR Review was handed to State Cabinet this week, honouring a key election commitment.

    “Queensland’s industrial relations laws were last comprehensively reviewed in 1998, more than 17 years ago,” she said.

    “Since then there have been significant changes to Queensland’s industrial relations landscape.

    “The development of a national workplace relations system and the Queensland Government’s referral of its private sector industrial relations powers to the Commonwealth has transformed Queensland’s IR coverage.

    “As a result, Queensland’s IR laws are now focused almost exclusively on the State’s core public sector workers and Local Government employees.

    “Our IR laws need to be updated to reflect these changing realities.”

    Ms Grace said the IR Review made a series of recommendations around promoting a fair and balanced industrial relations framework and strengthening the independence of the QIRC.

    “Job security, domestic violence, gender equality, the effects of changing technology and work-life balance are some of the other key areas highlighted in the review,” she said.

    “We’ll continue to consult with stakeholders and the public on the recommendations to ensure Queensland has modern, updated IR laws towards the end of 2016 that work for all parties.”

    Ms Grace said 26 submissions from individuals, academics, unions and the Local Government Association of Queensland formed part of the review.

    “Employer organisations including the Australian Industry Group and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland also had input, along with the legal fraternity,” Ms Grace said.

    “I’d like to thank the Chair Jim McGowan and other members of the Industrial Relations Legislative Reform Reference Group for their work along with all those who made submissions.”

    For more information on the State Government’s IR, review visit https://www.treasury.qld.gov.au/fair-safe-work/industrial-relations-legislative-reform

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