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Review of public employment laws

Review of public sector employment laws — A Fair and Responsive Public Service for All
Queensland’s public services are essential to delivery of services to the community, and to meeting the Government’s priorities, set out in Our Future State: Advancing Queensland’s Priorities.

The A Fair and Responsive Public Service for All report (the Bridgman Review) (PDF) is the outcome of an extensive independent review of the Public Service Act 2008 and other Queensland public employment laws (including the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011). The review was undertaken by Mr Peter Bridgman and is the first review of public sector laws since the late 1980s.

The review was commissioned by the government to ensure Queenslanders have the most responsive, consistent and reliable public service possible. A public service that is fair, an employer of choice, and a leader in public administration.

The review report provides 99 recommendations and outlines how the laws should be changed to meet the objectives of:

  • Fairness in the employment relationship.
  • Responsiveness of employees to the community and to the government.
  • Inclusiveness of public sector employment.

The Review also reports on how the employment relationship is formed and managed, and how public services are organised.

Read the review Terms of Reference (PDF, 235 KB) | (DOCX, 64 KB).

The review has involved wide-ranging discussions with stakeholders inside government, trade unions and other stakeholders.

An Issues Paper (PDF, 1.63 MB) | (DOCX, 1.77 MB) was made available to assist with further input. The review does not propose to publish input received. However, e-mails will be part of the public record and will be subject to both the Public Records Act 2002 and the Right to Information Act 2009.

The Queensland Government has acknowledged the A Fair and Responsive Public Service for All report and expressly approved the establishment of the Queensland Governance Council (Recommendations 17 and 18) and the appointment of a Special Commissioner for Equity and Diversity (Recommendation 27). The remaining recommendations were placed with the Public Sector Reform Office, in conjunction with the Queensland Governance Council and the Joint Advisory Committee to assess proposed legislative and policy changes.

The Queensland Governance Council and the Joint Advisory Committee proposed a two-stage process to implement reforms arising from the Bridgman review.

The first stage identified priority reforms primarily relating to employment security and positive performance management and included recommendations: 3, 4, 5, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 71, 72, 90 and 91.

Stage one reforms have been advanced primarily through the Public Service and Other Legislation Amendment Bill which was introduced into the Queensland parliament on 16 July 2020, received assent on 14 September 2020 and is now in effect.

For stage two, Recommendation 1 relating to a new Public Sector Act has been accepted and will be progressed in 2021. The remaining recommendations will be considered for inclusion in stage two.

The Bridgman Review (PDF) complements the Coaldrake Review that is focused on employment data, benchmarks, definitions and related issues. Both the Bridgman and Coaldrake Reviews demonstrate the government’s commitment to the future of the Queensland public service.

For all enquiries, please contact the Public Sector Reform Office at psro@premiers.qld.gov.au.