Industrial instruments are legally enforceable documents which outline minimum wages, conditions and entitlements for employees covered within its scope.

Certified agreements are a type of industrial instrument which cover the conditions of employment for a particular employer. 

A certified agreement is a written agreement about industrial matters which relate to a specific employer, a group of employees employed by that employer, and employee organisations (unions) covered by the agreement (if applicable). This written agreement is certified by the Commission.

Certified agreements are to be read in conjunction with the relevant modern award. You can find all awards published by the Commission here.

Determinations are similar to Certified Agreements with the exception that a determination has not been agreed (or aspects of an agreement have not been agreed) by the negotiating parties which has necessitated going to arbitration for determination of the disputed terms of the agreement.  Section 180 of the Industrial Relations Act 2016 outlines what must be considered by a Full Bench of the Commission in the arbitration of a determination. 

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

Which agreement am I covered by?

The Industrial Registry is unable to advise you as to which agreement covers your employment. To find out which agreement applies to your employment, you may wish to contact Information Services, Office of Industrial Relations on phone 07 3406 9999 or alternatively the human resource division (or equivalent) of your employer.

Generally, agreements, in addition to the relevant award, include the following information:

  • the relationship to the applicable award;
  • wages, allowances and conditions;
  • hours of work;
  • leave; 
  • cultural awareness;
  • training and development;
  • industrial relations matters and consultation (e.g. prevention and settlement of disputes, workplace health and safety, bullying etc); and
  • other topics specific to the particular employer.

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

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