The Palaszczuk government is currently negotiating with public sector unions a series of new collective agreements for the public sector. On Tuesday, we informed members that the 2019 State Government Department Certification Agreement has been certified by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission. The wage process is incorporated into the agreement as a legally binding process, but how this happens is uncertain given the current health pandemic. We must be aware of the changing environment and the possibility that the Commissions will take longer to complete these processes. We will keep members informed. The government will continue to approve the agreement in principle according to standard procedures. Once this authorization is confirmed, the one-time payment will be made and further notifications will be made regarding the payment date. The replacement agreement will cover the same key issues as addressed in the current agreement, including rates of pay; The provisions on the orientation of workers are structures for the classification of working leave; and many other things. As of March 9, 2020, the proposed agreement and the corresponding explanation of the agreement will be available on www.forgov.qld.gov.au/state-government-entities-certified-agreement-2019. On 7 March 2019, a conciliation conference was held at which Together Queensland (TQ) asked Commissioner Thompson to return negotiations on the basic agreement to arbitration.

The following rewards and agreements apply to Queensland Health employees: The primary terms and conditions of employment for the majority of Queensland Health employees are imposed by bonuses and agreements. The Government will continue to approve the Agreement-in-Principle in accordance with standard procedures. If you have any questions regarding the agreement process, please contact your union or the appropriate IR/ER team at your agency. The wage process is included in the agreement as a legally binding process, but given the current health pandemic, how this happens is uncertain. We must be aware of the changing environment and the possibility for the Commissions to take longer to complete these processes. We will keep members informed at all times. On Tuesday, we informed members that the 2019 State Government Departments Certified Agreement has been certified by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission. Further updates will be made available during the contracting process.

At this stage, the dates of payments under the contract are not yet confirmed. However, the government is working to ensure that this happens quickly. It is proposed that following certification by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, the State Government Entities Certified Agreement will replace the currently relevant industrial instruments in 2019 and that these instruments be terminated by agreement. . . .