An important tool for regulation of industrial matters and employment conditions by the Full Bench is the jurisdiction to issue general rulings and statements of policy.
In making any such determination s447 (2) of the Industrial Relations Act 2016 (previously s273 (2) of the Industrial Relations Act 1999) requires that the Full Bench perform its functions in a way that furthers the objects of the Act. Section 531 of the Act (previously s320 of the Industrial Relations Act 1999) requires the Full Bench to consider the public interest. In so doing the Full Bench must consider the objects of the Act and the likely effects of any decision on the "community, local community, economy, industry generally and the particular industry concerned."
Below are important decisions of public interest that have been made by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.
View State Wage Case general rulings and statements of policy.
2010 Increase overtime meal allowance
Application to increase overtime meal allowance by way of General Ruling - 2 December 2010. (B/2010/34, B/2010/38). Operative from 1 January 2011 - Deputy President Swan, Commissioner Fisher and Commissioner Thompson.