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Certified agreements are a type of industrial instrument. Industrial instruments set the minimum standards of employment for the group of workers which they cover.

Certified agreements are read in conjunction with the related award. You can find all awards published by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission here.

A certified agreement is a written agreement about industrial matters relating to an employer, a group of employees of the employer; and, the employee organisations (unions) covered by the agreement.

Determinations are similar to Certified Agreements with the exception that a determination has not been agreed (or aspects of the matter have not been agreed) by the negotiating parties which has necessitated going to arbitration for determination. The Industrial Relations Act 2016 s 180 provides what the full bench must consider in determining the matter in dispute.

Details of all Local Government agreements are available here.

Details of all Public Service agreements are available here.

Historical agreement information for the past 10 years is available here. If you require information prior to 2009, please submit a request to qirc.registry [at]

Which agreement am I covered by?

We are unable to tell you which agreement you are covered by. To find out which agreement you are covered by you may wish to contact Information Services, Office of Industrial Relations on phone 3406 9999 or alternatively the human resource division of your employer.

Generally, agreements, in addition to the relevant award, will set out the:

  • wage / salary rates
  • allowances
  • role classifications
  • leave entitlements
  • grievance procedures
  • workplace flexibility schemes
  • other topics specific to particular categories of employee or industry.

General principles agreed to by the parties to the agreement will also be written into the agreement.

What role does the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission play in making agreements?

The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (the Commission) certifies, or determines, agreements for people employed in the Queensland government public sector, local government, and certain statutory authorities or government owned corporations.

Before the Commission certifies an agreement it must be satisfied that the parties agree with the content of the proposed agreement and that it is compliant with the Industrial Relations Act 2016.

Chapter 4 of the Industrial Relations Act 2016 governs the way in which agreements are made.

Generally, Commonwealth public sector employees and private sector employees, are covered by agreements maintained by the Fair Work Commission.

The agreements published on this website are documents officially certified by the Commission.

Last updated 17 December 2020