The Queensland community services sector has been in a challenging, complex and confusing industrial relations and funding environment over the past few years.

Since 2008 the sector has seen: the creation of a new state award, the Queensland pay equity decision, Queensland’s referral of its industrial relations powers to the Commonwealth, award modernisation, the federal equal remuneration decision, two regulations and the provision of supplementary funding to some organisations from both the state and federal governments.

More recently there have been a number of government reforms processes affecting the sector. You can find out more about these in the Community Door section on social service reform.

This section of the Community Door website is to assist organisations and workers in the social, community, home care and disability services industry in Queensland. In this section you will find current news, resources and other information on the topic of industrial relations.

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Caxton Legal Centre are hosting a conversation about the introduction of a Human Rights Act for Queensland. Speakers will include: Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation Peter Russo MP, former defence lawyer Rob Hulls, former Victorian...
Managing Through Change: Human Resource Implications and Future Sustainability VIEW THE WORKSHOP FLYER The Queensland community services sector is going through a period of great change. Some organisations are facing short-term funding reductions, whilst the overall long-term trend is for growth...
The Commonwealth Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 which passed in Parliament on 6 June 2013 and some changes took effect on 1 July 2013. It covers three groups of amendment: bullying in the workplace, flexibility arrangements and transfer to a safe job whilst pregnant. But the term ‘reasonably...
Specialists in corporate volunteering, Goodcompany, joined forces with the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) to launch the Super Human Resources Project. The project encourages human resources (HR) professionals to volunteer their time and skills to community organisations. ‘HR skills are...
Maxxia is a provider of workplace benefits in Australia and part of the McMillan Shakespeare Group. Their study of NFP workplaces was released in June 2013. The Maxxia study, thought to be the first of its sort in Australia, looked at several key human resources issues: Which employees are...
Performance management is a shared process that is optimised when there is continuous communication between employees and their supervisors about work expectations, goals and performance. These conversations are essential to building successful teams. Courageous conversations are a critical part of...
Jody Tunnicliffe is a Doctoral student at La Trobe University Melbourne. She has Masters degree's in Health Administration and Health Sciences, Post Graduate Diploma's in Health and Medical Law and Rehabilitation Counselling, and a Bachelor of Arts with Major's in Psychology and Neurology. Jody has...
Industrial relations legislation in Queensland can be found on the Fair Work Commission's website . The main pieces of legislation are: Fair Work Act 2009 Fair Work Regulations 2009 Fair Work Commission Rules 2013...
There are a range of legal structures which may be suitable for Queensland not-for-profit community groups. The four main options are: an incorporated association: Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (QLD) and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999 (QLD) a company limited by guarantee:...

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