Industrial Court

The Industrial Court of Queensland is a superior court of record, established under the Industrial Relations Act 2016.
The Court hears appeals on error of law and lack of jurisdiction, against decisions of the Industrial Relations Commission, Industrial Registrar or Industrial Magistrates.

The Court comprises a president, vice president or deputy president (court). The president is also the president of the Industrial Relations Commission. The president can preside on a full bench of the Commission and, for certain matters, the full bench must include the president.
An appeal against a decision of a full bench, which included the president, must go to the Queensland Court of Appeal.

The Industrial Court is the final appeal court for claims for unpaid wages and prosecutions under the Industrial Relations Act 2016 where the penalty does not exceed 40 penalty units.

The court is also the final appeal court for prosecutions under the:

  • Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999
  • Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004
  • Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999.

The Industrial Court hears appeals against decisions of the Commission as well as Industrial Magistrates regarding the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003. Appeals from the decisions of Industrial Magistrates also include appeals under the:

  • Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 1991
  • Private Employment Agents Act 2005.

The court may also order costs against a party to an application.