Workchoices and Commerce in QLD

Commerce Queensland is a founding member and influential partner of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and part of the world-wide network of Chambers of Commerce and affiliated business service organisations.
As a Commerce Queensland Member you are an active, leading participant in business issues and are contributing to the overall success of business in Queensland.

Commerce Queensland’s Workplace Relations experts in conjunction with the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations and your local Chambers of Commerce where applicable, are delivering more FREE state-wide seminars, agreement making workshops and one on one consulting sessions to Queensland businesses.


The seminars will provide a comprehensive overview of the impact of the WorkChoices legislation, with specific focus on the practical implementation issues. We will advise:

  • Who is covered by WorkChoices?
  • Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard
  • Agreement Making
  • The Australian Fair Pay Commission
  • Secret Ballots
  • Role of the AIRC
  • Transitional Arrangements
  • Role of the AIRC
  • Right of Entry
  • Industrial Action/ Industrial Disputes
  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Record Keeping Requirements

There will be 75 seminars delivered across Queensland. The seminars run for approximately 3 hours. To register your place at a free seminar near you, visit our WorkChoices Seminars section.


The workshops will cover making workplace agreements under WorkChoices, including structuring workplace agreements, including mandatory content, excluding prohibited content, and addressing the protected award conditions. Practical advice on making, approving and lodging of agreements will also be covered.

There will be 34 Agreement Making workshops across Queensland. Places are limited. The workshops run for approximately 2 hours. To register your place at a free workshop near you, visit our WorkChoices Workshop section.

One-on-One Consulting Sessions

One-on-One consulting sessions can assist your business with:

  • advising on type of workplace agreement that best suits your business;
  • review of draft agreements and transitional arrangements;
  • implementing the AFPC Standard;
  • advising on alternative dispute resolution procedures;
  • advising on record keeping responsibilities; and
  • assistance with drafting agreement clauses.