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Agency ID11497
TitleQueensland Workplace Rights Office
Agency TypeStatutory authority
Start Date 2/7/2007
End Date 29/6/2012
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Responsible for the functions of the Queensland Workplace Rights Ombudsman, which include facilitating and encouraging fair industrial relations and work practices in Queensland

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Agency IDTitleFromTo
10889Department of Employment and Industrial Relations 2/7/2007 26/3/2009
8620Department of Justice and Attorney-General (II) 26/3/2009 30/6/2012
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Information Sources

Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Review of the Queensland Workplace Rights Ombudsman and the Queensland Workplace Rights Office, 19 October 2010, viewed 12 June 2012, http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/93821/review-of-the-role-and-functions-of-the-QWRO.pdf
Queensland Workplace Rights Ombudsman Annual Report 2010-2011, viewed 12 June 2012, http://www.workplacerights.qld.gov.au/pdf/annual-report-1011.pdf
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Legislation

Establishing Industrial Relations Act 1999
Abolishing N/A
Administered N/A
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
The Queensland Workplace Rights Office was established by the Bligh government in 2007 following a recommendation by a Queensland Industrial Relations Commission inquiry into the impact of the Federal Government’s Work Choices amendments to the Workplace Relations Act 1996. Consisting of a Queensland Workplace Rights Ombudsman and a small team of support staff, the Office commenced operation on 2 July 2007. Commissioner Don Brown of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission was appointed from 1 July 2007 as the inaugural ombudsman.

FUNCTIONS:
The ombudsman's functions and powers derived from Chapter 8A, Part 2, of the 'Industrial Relations Act 1999' (sections 339D to 339GA) and Chapter 8, Part 2, of the 'Industrial Relations Act 1999' (sections 259A to 259AA). As provided in the Act, the functions of the position were:
- to consult with any persons the ombudsman considers are affected by industrial relations and other work-related matters
- to inform, educate and promote informed decision-making by persons the ombudsman considers are affected by industrial relations and other work-related matters
- to facilitate and encourage fair industrial relations and work practices in Queensland , including developing codes of practice
- to investigate and publicise unlawful, unfair or inappropriate industrial relations and other work-related matters in Queensland
- to refer instances of possible unlawful industrial relations and other work-related matters to appropriate authorities and services
- to make representations to an appropriate person or body about industrial relations and other work-related matters
- to monitor and report to the Minister on industrial relations and other work-related matters in Queensland
- to investigate and report to the Minister on the impact of any aspect of industrial relations and other work-related matters affecting Queensland
- to advise the Minister on the operation of this chapter and generally about industrial relations and other work-related matters
- to inform the Minister about strategies to:
(i) mitigate the negative effects of legislation from any source about industrial relations and other work-related matters; and
(ii) improve protection for vulnerable workers,;and
(iii) promote fair and equitable industrial relations and work practices in Queensland
- to ask for help or information from any public entity about work-related matters
- other fiunctions conferred on the ombudsman under this or any other Act

ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS
Commissioner Don Brown served as ombudsman throughout the life of the Queensland Workplace Rights Office. From 31 March 2011 he served both as ombudsman and as a commissioner of the the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.

ABOLITION:
The Newman government announced the abolition of the Queensland Workplace Rights Office in May 2012.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID11497, Queensland Workplace Rights Office
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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