Changes under the proposed State Government Entities Certified Agreement 2019 (2019 Core Agreement)

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      Man 1: You might have already heard…you’ll soon have the opportunity to vote on a new Core Agreement.
      Female 1: The new Agreement is based on your current agreement but includes some new employment conditions and some improved entitlements.
      Female 1: This includes conditions such as wage rates, permanent and temporary employment gender equity, disputes and employee consultation. It also covers Departments and agencies with specific employment conditions.
      Man 2: Understanding which Agreement you are covered by can be complex.
      Man 2: The Core Agreement covers anyone who isn’t covered by an agency-specific agreement. That’s approximately 30,000 employees in administrative, professional, technical and operational roles across the public sector.
      Man 2:  If you aren’t sure if this is you, have a look at the Agreement or check with your HR or Industrial Relations team.
      Female 2: The agreement provides the ability for wages to increase if the Queensland Government and relevant union parties agree.
      Female 2: If they can’t agree, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission determines if you  should be paid more.
      Female 2: Until then you’ll receive, as a minimum, a wage increase of 2.5% per annum on the 2017 Core Agreement rates, or the award pay rate (whichever is greater).  
      Female 2: Any wage increases will be applied from the first of September 2019 for four years.
      Female 3: You’ll also receive a one-off payment in your bank account soon! 
      Man 1: The Core Agreement includes a procedure for resolving disputes.
      Man 1: It sets out how work is to continue and the steps to be taken if an agreement can’t be reached.
      Man 1: Disputes should be resolved by meeting together. If necessary, The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission may be involved.
      Man 2: It’s not just about wages. The agreement also includes some additions and improvements to your work conditions.
      Man 2: When you’re reading the Agreement, here’s a tip – If you see a blue bit – that’s a new bit! 
      Female 3: If the agreement applies to you, you’ll have the opportunity to vote on it.
      Female 3: You’ll get an email with instructions on how to vote and if you don’t have access to work email, you’ll receive your instructions in the post.
      Female 3: Voting will open at 8am on Tuesday 24 March 2020. You can vote via phone or online Voting will close at 5pm on Friday 3 April 2020.
      Female 3: If you have questions about the ballot process, speak with your agency’s HR/Industrial  Relations team or to GoVote, the independent ballot provider.
      Female 3: If the majority of people who vote, vote in favour, the agreement will be formally certified by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission. It’s anticipated this will be completed by mid-2020.
      Female 3: To learn more:

      - Read the proposed Agreement and check out the Powerpoint on the forgov website

      - Talk to your HR or Industrial Relations team, or

      - Contact your union. 

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A copy of the proposed Core Agreement is available, with changes highlighted. All sections that are highlighted blue are new when compared to the 2015 Core Agreement. To assist you with understanding these changes please watch the animation and review the PowerPoint. Further information regarding agency appendices is below.

If you have any questions about the Core Agreement, please contact your agency representative (PDF, 210 KB).

Agency-specific appendices

Appendices 5 to 18 contain agency specific outcomes for:

  • Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors
  • Department of Environment and Science
  • Department of Housing and Public Works
  • Department of Justice and Attorney-General
  • Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
  • Office of the Governor
  • Public Safety Business Agency
  • Queensland Building and Construction Commission Employing Office
  • Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority
  • Queensland Parliamentary Service
  • Queensland Police
  • Residential Tenancies Employing Office
  • Safe Food Production Queensland. 

Nine of these appendices have had changes. Details of these changes are as follows:


The voter ballot will be open from 8am Tuesday 24 March 2020 and will close at 5pm on Friday 3 April 2020. Government has prepared materials so that GoVote, an independent ballot provider, can conduct the vote for the proposed new Core Agreement 2019.

Payrolls have prepared lists of email addresses, and postal addresses if required, for the purposes of providing you with your voting instructions.

Please be assured that GoVote is committed to confidentiality and protecting your privacy. GoVote is experienced at conducting ballots for Queensland Government Departments/agencies and has conducted ballots for several highly security-conscious organisations including the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Reserve Bank of Australia, the Government of South Australia and Northern Territory Government. 

A copy of GoVote’s collection notice can be found at


It is proposed that once certified by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, the State Government Entities Certified Agreement 2019 will replace the current relevant industrial instruments and those instruments will be terminated by agreement. The current relevant industrial instruments are the State Government Entities Certified Agreement 2015, the Queensland Office of Gaming Regulation Casino Based Inspectors’ Determination 2002 and the Parliamentary Service Certified Agreement 2009.

Notices of intention to terminate:

Salary schedules

The Core 2019 and associated agreements’ salary schedules