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Policy statements communicate matters of strategic importance concerning public sector labour relations and industrial relations.

A policy statement is designed to:

  1. outline a government direction that is not enunciated in other legislative, regulatory or administrative documentation; and/or
  2. represent a course of action and/or an act of discretion to achieve a government’s objective or decision; and/or
  3. flag key issues and provide a framework and foundation for agencies to develop their own workplace specific policies.

The policy statements do not attempt to provide agency-specific industrial information. It is therefore imperative that agencies refer to the detailed information contained in:

  • Awards and agreements covering individual workplaces
  • Circulars to Departments and Authorities
  • Industrial Legislation

The policy statements are dynamic documents and may be updated to reflect changing circumstances. The PDF policy documents are provided below.

Wages Policy

Wages policy articulates Government policy in relation to wage increases applicable to new public sector industrial agreements

Current Policies

Current policy statements are used to communicate matters of strategic importance to the public sector concerning labour relations and industrial relations issues.

Policies Under Review 

The following policies are under review to ensure information referenced is current and accurate. Agencies should contact their Labour Relations adviser to discuss matters arising in any of the areas they cover.

  • Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace
  • Collection of Union Dues
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Dispute Resolution Procedures
  • Email, Web Browsing and Privacy
  • Freedom of Association
  • Inspection of Time and Wages Records
  • Modes of Employment
  • Redeployment and Redundancy
  • Right of Entry
  • Termination of Employment

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