|On 15 July 2020, Hon Grace Grace MP, Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations, introduced the Criminal Code and Other Legislation (Wage Theft) Amendment Bill 2020.
The House referred the Bill to the Education, Employment and Small Business Committee for detailed consideration. The committee is required to report by Friday 28 August 2020.
Objective of the Bill
The explanatory notes state that the objectives of the Bill are to implement the underlying policy intent of the recommendations made in the committee’s report titled A fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work? Exposing the true cost of wage theft in Queensland, tabled on 16 November 2018. The two recommendations of the report that require legislative amendments are:
The objectives of the Bill are to be achieved by:
Call for submissions
The committee seeks submissions on the Bill from the public and interested stakeholders. The committee would appreciate you passing its call for submissions on to anyone you believe might be interested in the inquiry.
The closing date for submissions is 5:00pm on Thursday 30 July 2020.
An information sheet which provides guidelines on making a submission can be found at: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/committees/guidelines/Guide_MakingASubmission_WebVersion.pdf
Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
The committee will hold public briefing to hear from the Department of Education (Office of Industrial Relations) on Monday 27 July 2020. The briefing will be broadcast live on Parliament TV.
The Criminal Code and Other Legislation (Wage Theft) Amendment Bill 2020 and Explanatory notes are available at these links and from the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel at www.legislation.qld.gov.au.
The Minister’s statement of compatibility with human rights can be accessed here.