State Government Entities Certified Agreement

Ballot - update as at 24 March 2020

The ballot for the proposed State Government Certified Agreement 2019 is now open. The ballot will close at 5pm on Friday, 3 April 2020.

If you are eligible to vote in the ballot you will have received an individual email with instructions on how to vote.

If you have not received voting instructions by 9am Wednesday 25 March and believe you are eligible to vote, please contact your entity HR/IR representative (PDF, 169 KB).

If you have received voting instructions but are having technical difficulties, please contact GoVote via their help line on 1800 919 553 or by email to: support@govote.com.au. The GoVote helpline will operate during business hours for the duration of the ballot period.

View the proposed agreement.

Access to the proposed agreement and explanatory material

From 9 March 2020, the proposed agreement and associated explanatory material will be available at https://www.forgov.qld.gov.au/state-government-entities-certified-agreement-2019.

This page will include information about the agreement, the ballot and a list of your agency contacts. The ballot will open on 24 March 2020. 

One-off payments

In accordance with Government’s public sector wages policy, it is intended that Core Agreement employees will receive a one-off payment for resolving negotiations by way of a certified agreement.

Information on how the one-off payment will be processed is in the FAQs (PDF, 799 KB). Your agency will be able to advise about the timing of the one-off payments.

Update as at 13 February 2020

Government has now endorsed the in-principle agreement for the Core Agreement.

This means that Departments and agencies are currently instructing payrolls about the processing of the one-off payment. Departments and agencies will confirm the timing of this payment direct to employees.

In coming weeks a copy of the final proposed agreement will be circulated and/or published on the ForGov website. At this time further information will also be provided explaining the terms of the agreement, the ballot process and timing. It is currently anticipated that the ballot will be held over the end of March, beginning of April.

In the meantime view a copy of the heads of agreement (PDF, 288KB).

In-principle Agreement - update as at 20 January 2020

In-principle agreement was reached on 17 January 2020 with all union negotiating parties.

Government will proceed with the endorsement of the in-principle agreement in accordance with standard processes.  Once that endorsement is confirmed, the one-off payment will be processed and further communications about the timing of the payment made.

The Office of Industrial Relations will now meet with union negotiating parties to finalise drafting for the proposed replacement certified agreement.

If you have questions about the agreement making process please contact your union or your agency's relevant IR/ER team.

In-principle Agreement - update as at 13 January 2020

On 20 December 2019, Government and Together Queensland resolved the matters in dispute in the arbitration. This means that the hearing that was set down for February 2020 no longer needs to proceed as an agreement can be made.

Government and all parties will now work towards drafting a replacement certified agreement. Once this process has been completed further information about the proposed agreement will be published and all employees to be covered by the agreement will be balloted.

Further updates will be provided as the agreement making process progresses. At this time, dates for payments flowing from the agreement have not been confirmed. However, Government is working to ensure this occurs expeditiously.

If you have questions about the agreement making process please contact your union or your agency’s relevant IR/ER team.

Hearing date - update as at 23 September 2019

On the 13th of September 2019 the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission set hearing dates for the Core Arbitration.

The matter is listed for a 10 day hearing before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission from 17-21 February 2020 and 24-28 February 2020.

View the State’s further amended draft determination (PDF, 1.62 MB).

If you have questions about the progress of the arbitration please contact your union or your agency’s relevant IR/ER team.

Further Directions Order - update as at 27 May 2019

The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission re-issued directions order on 20 May 2019 for the Core Arbitration. View a copy of the further directions order (PDF, 460 KB) . 

The Government and union parties will continue to progress the requirements of the directions order.

The matter is listed for a mention before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission on 13 September 2019.

If you have questions about the progress of the arbitration please contact your union or your agency’s relevant IR/ER team.

Directions Order - update as at 12 April 2019

The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission issued a directions order on 10 April 2019 for the Core Arbitration. View a copy of the directions order.

Over the coming weeks the Government and union parties will continue discussions to meet the requirements of the directions order.

The arbitration will be heard before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission on 15, 16 and 17 July 2019.

If you have questions about the progress of the arbitration please contact your union or your agency’s relevant IR/ER team.

Arbitration - update as at 8 March 2019

A conciliation conference was held on 7 March 2019 at which Together Queensland (TQ) requested that Commissioner Thompson refer the negotiations of the Core Agreement to arbitration.

Commissioner Thompson accepted TQ’s request and made the referral on the same date.
 
The matter will now be allocated to a Full Bench and listed for directions hearings. The Office of Industrial Relations will manage the arbitration on behalf of Government.  
 
If you have questions about the progress of the arbitration please contact your union or your agency’s relevant IR/ER team.
 
Government remains committed to confirming a replacement Core Agreement as soon as possible and to that end remains open to discussions with union negotiating parties about any matters that can be resolved outside of arbitration.

Conciliation – updated as at 4 February 2019

On 3 October 2018 Together Queensland, Industrial Union of Employees applied to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) for assistance in making an agreement with respect to the State Government Entities Certified Agreement (the Core Agreement) negotiations. As such negotiations are now in conciliation. OIR is appearing at the conciliation conferences on behalf of Government and where required will request the attendance of agency representatives.

In addition to conciliation, negotiation meetings remain on-going between a number of agencies and unions to discuss agency specific claims.

Government is committed to continuing to constructively engage with employees and union representatives throughout this process to ensure the best possible outcomes for staff and for all Queenslanders.

Formal offer – updated as at 19 October 2018

The nominal expiry date of 31 August 2018 has passed for the State Government Entities Certified Agreement 2015 (the Core Agreement) (PDF, 2MB).

On 24 September 2018, the State of Queensland provided the negotiating parties to the Core Agreement with a formal offer (PDF, 456 KB). Together Queensland, Industrial Union of Employees rejected the offer in correspondence dated 28 September 2018.

Additionally, on 3 October 2018 Together Queensland, Industrial Union of Employees applied to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission for assistance in making an agreement with respect to the Core Agreement negotiations.  As such the negotiations are now in conciliation.

Message from Minister Grace – update as at 2 October 2018

The Palaszczuk Government is currently negotiating with public sector unions for a range of new enterprise bargaining agreements for the state public sector.

As we did during our first term in office, the Government is bargaining in good faith to reach agreements that provide fair and reasonable wages and conditions.

For that reason, I wish to correct the record in relation to claims you may have seen from Together Queensland that the Government is offering a 0% pay increase in current negotiations.

These claims are false and misleading.

The Government’s wage offer is 2.5% per annum over three years - not zero.

In fact, as a result of measures undertaken by the Palaszczuk Government to restore fairness to the public sector, workers at some classifications will see their rates increase by up to 3.5% in line with the recent State Wage Case.

These measures include:

  • Ensuring that the rates of pay in public sector awards keep pace with the actual rates paid under agreements by restoring legislation to allow the "flow on" of expired agreement rates into public sector awards (this unique provision has resulted in award rates that range from 12 to 39% higher than they would have been if only annual state wage case increases had been applied).
  • Supporting state wage case outcomes that deliver decent wage increases for those workers who are unable to bargain and are reliant on the award system.
  • Applying the no-disadvantage provisions in Public Service Directive 12/12 and the current core agreement to ensure that where there is a difference between the award rate and the agreement rate, the higher rate will be paid.

Unfortunately, the Together Union is showing complete disregard for the strong actions taken by this Government to deliver fairness to the public sector and exploiting our policy of no-disadvantage by claiming both the 2.5% being offered in bargaining and the State Wage Case 3.5% increase.

To be clear, no worker will receive 0%.

Whether through the award, through the current bargaining negotiations or a combination of the two, workers will receive an increase of at least 2.5% on top of their current agreement rates.

I have asked Together Queensland to explain the full picture to their members and cease the misleading claims of a 0% wage offer.

For its part, the Palaszczuk Government will continue to bargain in good faith with public sector unions and their members.

Negotiations Continue – update as at 3 September 2018

Negotiations for a replacement agreement for the State Government Certified Agreement 2015 (the Core Agreement) are continuing between representatives of your agency and your union. View the list of unions who are party to the Core Agreement.

The nominal expiry date of the Core Agreement was 31 August 2018.  However, good faith negotiations for the Core Agreement continue between the parties. All representatives are actively participating in negotiations with the aim of reaching in-principle agreement by 30 September 2018.  In accordance with government wages policy, if this occurs the agreement’s pay anniversary date of 1 September 2018 will be retained.

We remain committed to constructively engaging with employees and union representatives throughout this process to ensure the best possible outcomes for staff and for all Queenslanders.

Replacement agreement negotiations have commenced – update as at 16 August 2018

The State Government Entities Certified Agreement 2015 (the Core Agreement) is due to expire this year. This agreement includes terms and conditions of employment for you and other staff employed by your agency.

A replacement agreement will be negotiated centrally by agency representatives and representatives of your union. View the list of unions who are party to the Core Agreement.

The replacement agreement will cover the same key matters addressed in the current agreement, including wage rates; classification structures; hours of work; leave arrangements; employee consultation provisions; and many other matters.

We are committed to constructively engaging with employees and union representatives throughout this process to ensure the best possible outcomes for staff and for all Queenslanders.

As a Government, we want to be recognised as an employer of choice, and to demonstrate best practice in our engagement with our highly-skilled public sector employees.

The Queensland Government encourages union membership among its employees. This commitment includes your right as an employee to have full access to union delegates and/or officials during working hours to discuss any employment matter or seek union advice, provided that service delivery is not disrupted and work requirements are not unduly affected.

As an employee you may choose to join and be involved with your relevant union as part of this bargaining process.

This commitment goes beyond passive acceptance. Managers and supervisors will actively co-operate with and support the rights of staff to union membership and activity.

More information

If you have any questions about the negotiations, please contact your agency representative, view the list of entity contacts (PDF, 169 KB). 

To find out more information about union membership you may contact your union representatives directly, view the list of union contacts.

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