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Electrical safety

[+] 2009-11-11

Electrical apprentices safety pilot program a success *

The Queensland Government is planning to expand a successful pilot training program that raises safety awareness among apprentice electricians. Read more

[+] 2009-11-01

Metal staples ban will improve insulation safety *

The Bligh Government has banned the use of metal staples and other forms of conductive fasteners on ceiling insulation as part of a range of measures to improve safety for ceiling insulation installers and householders. Read more

[+] 2009-10-10

Installing roof insulation correctly will reduce downlight fire risk *

Downlights are one of the most popular design elements in homes today but builders and renovators need to be aware that extra care should to be taken when installing roof insulation around light fixtures to avoid fire hazards. Read more

[+] 2009-09-17

Electrical safety laws to protect Queenslanders *

New laws passed by State Parliament tonight will protect Queenslanders from the dangers posed by faulty electrical appliances. Read more

[+] 2009-09-17

Look up for overhead powerlines and live *

A number of serious electrocutions involving overhead powerlines has prompted the Electrical Safety Office to remind rural workers of the dangers of working near live wires. Read more

[+] 2009-04-09

Play it safe with electrical tools this Easter *

Industrial Relations Minister, Cameron Dick, today reminded Queenslanders to play it safe when undertaking DIY home renovations or maintenance over the Easter long weekend. Read more

Industrial relations

[+] 2009-12-02

Tips for young Sunshine Coast job seekers this Christmas

Sunshine Coast school and uni students entering the workforce for the first time this summer have been warned not to accept job offers that require they work unpaid to gain “work experience”. Read more

[+] 2009-12-02

Tips for young Brisbane North job seekers this Christmas

Brisbane North school and uni students entering the workforce for the first time this summer have been warned not to accept job offers that require they work unpaid to gain “work experience”. Read more

[+] 2009-12-02

Tips for young Central Queensland/Wide Bay Queensland job seekers this Christmas

Central Queensland and Wide Bay school and uni students entering the workforce for the first time this summer have been warned not to accept job offers that require they work unpaid to gain “work experience”. Read more

[+] 2009-12-02

Tips for young South West Queensland job seekers this Christmas

School and uni students from Ipswich, Toowoomba and across South-West Queensland entering the workforce for the first time this summer have been warned not to accept job offers that require they work unpaid to gain “work experience”. Read more

[+] 2009-12-02

Tips for young Brisbane South job seekers this Christmas

Brisbane’s southside school and uni students entering the workforce for the first time this summer have been warned not to accept job offers that require they work unpaid to gain “work experience”. Read more

[+] 2009-12-02

Tips for young North Queensland job seekers this Christmas

North Queensland school and uni students entering the workforce for the first time this summer have been warned not to accept job offers that require they work unpaid to gain “work experience”. Read more

[+] 2009-12-02

Tips for young Gold Coast job seekers this Christmas

Gold Coast school and uni students entering the workforce for the first time this summer have been warned not to accept job offers that require they work unpaid to gain “work experience”. Read more

[+] 2009-11-11

New laws passed to better serve and protect Queensland workers *

The Queensland Parliament tonight passed new industrial relations laws that will allow the state to join a national industrial relations system that better serves the interests of both employers and employees. Read more

[+] 2009-10-27

New laws provide foundation for better protection for Qld workers *

The Queensland Government has introduced legislation into Parliament that will allow the state to join a seamless national industrial relations system that better protects the rights of workers. Read more

[+] 2009-07-21

More than $700,000 in wages recovered for Central Qld workers *

Bligh Government industrial inspectors recovered more than $700,000 in unpaid wage and entitlements for Central Queensland workers in the last financial year, Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said today. Read more

[+] 2009-07-21

More than $800,000 wages recovered for Sunshine Coast workers *

Bligh Government industrial inspectors recovered more than $806,000 in unpaid wage and entitlements for Sunshine Coast workers in the last financial year, Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said today. Read more

[+] 2009-07-21

$1.15 million in wages recovered for Gold Coast workers *

Bligh Government industrial inspectors recovered nearly $1.15 million in unpaid wage and entitlements for Gold Coast workers in the last financial year, Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said today. Read more

[+] 2009-07-21

More than $338,000 in wages recovered for North Qld workers *

Bligh Government industrial inspectors recovered more than $338,000 in unpaid wage and entitlements for North Queensland workers in the last financial year, Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said today. Read more

[+] 2009-07-21

$860,000 in wages recovered for SW Qld workers *

Bligh Government industrial inspectors recovered nearly $860,000 in unpaid wage and entitlements for South-West Queensland workers in the last financial year, Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said today. Read more

[+] 2009-07-21

$4 million in wages recovered for Queensland workers *

Bligh Government industrial inspectors recovered nearly $4 million in unpaid wage and entitlements for Queensland workers in the last financial year, Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said today. Read more

[+] 2009-03-11

Wages recovered for Sunshine Coast workers

Sunshine Coast workers received nearly $60,000 in recovered wage arrears following a compliance campaign by Department of Employment and Industrial Relations inspectors. Read more

[+] 2009-02-19

Wages recovered for Gold Coast workers

Gold Coast workers received nearly $97,000 in recovered wage arrears following a compliance campaign by Department of Employment and Industrial Relations inspectors. Read more

[+] 2009-02-17

Wages recovered for Central Queensland and Wide Bay workers

Central Queensland workers received more than $218,000 in recovered wage arrears following a compliance campaign by Department of Employment and Industrial Relations inspectors. Read more

[+] 2009-02-17

Wages recovered for North Queensland workers

North Queensland workers received more than $45,000 in recovered wage arrears following a compliance campaign by Department of Employment and Industrial Relations inspectors. Read more

[+] 2009-02-17

Wages recovered for South West Queensland workers

South West Queensland workers received nearly $200,000 in recovered wage arrears following a compliance campaign by Department of Employment and Industrial Relations inspectors. Read more

Justice services

[+] 2009-09-24

Attorney-General encourages Queenslanders to participate in jury duty *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick and Chief Justice Paul de Jersey today launched a campaign to encourage more Queenslanders to take part in jury duty. Read more

[+] 2009-09-10

Beat back-to-school rush apply for birth certificates early *

Queensland parents are urged to apply now for birth certificates to ensure they can enrol their children to start school next year. Read more

[+] 2009-07-29

Justice grants to boost legal services for vulnerable Queenslanders *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick today announced almost $1.5 million in Bligh Government justice grants to support some of Queensland’s most vulnerable people. Read more

[+] 2009-07-21

Clamps tighten on serial fine dodgers *

The State Government is set to introduce tough new measures to clamp down on people who fail to pay their fines. Read more

[+] 2009-07-19

New laws to help quell neighbourhood disputes *

Outdated neighbour laws will be repealed and replaced under a State Government plan to quell disputes over dividing fences and nuisance trees. Read more

[+] 2009-06-16

Justice budget delivers on infrastructure, jobs and services *

The Bligh Government’s investment in the $600 million Supreme and District Court complex will form a major part of the state’s $18.2 billion infrastructure program, Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations Cameron Dick said. Read more

[+] 2009-05-20

Submissions invited on draft laws to assist victims of crime *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick is calling for public comment on a draft bill outlining the complete overhaul of Queensland’s victims compensation system. Read more

[+] 2009-05-19

New central tribunal to improve access to justice for Queenslanders *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick tonight introduced a bill into State Parliament which will streamline access to civil and administrative justice in Queensland. Read more

[+] 2009-04-26

Discussion paper on ‘battered-persons’ defence released for public comment *

Attorney-General Cameron Dick has released a discussion paper on the development of a new ‘battered persons’ defence. Read more

Workplace health and safety

[+] 2009-10-29

Matthew Gill, the public face of the Beaconsfield mine rescue, to talk safety in Rockhampton

The man who became the public face of the Beaconsfield mine rescue where Todd Russell and Brant Webb were trapped underground for a fortnight and Larry Knight was killed will speak at a Safe Work Australia Week event in Rockhampton tomorrow (30 October). Read more

[+] 2009-10-27

Work Safe and Return to Work Awards winners announced *

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick has announced the winners of the 2009 Queensland Work Safe Awards and the inaugural Return to Work Awards, which recognise excellence in workplace health and safety, and workers’ compensation. Read more

[+] 2009-10-27

Safety DVD urges farm workers to think about their families *

A new rural safety DVD provides a poignant reminder to the farming community that safety should be at the forefront of farmers’ minds when working on the land. Read more

[+] 2009-10-25

82 Queenslanders absent from work each day due to injury *

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick today emphasised the importance of workplace safety, highlighting the distressing statistic that 82 Queenslanders are absent from work each day due to workplace injuries and illness. Read more

[+] 2009-10-22

Reality TV to teach Sunshine Coast businesses safety lessons

Sunshine Coast businesses can get a dose of reality about the importance of reducing workplace injuries to improve business performance during Safe Work Australia Week 25-31 October. Read more

[+] 2009-10-22

GP encourages industry to ‘love their safe work’

The “Love Your Work” expo in Brisbane next week is an opportunity for the workplace health and safety industry to come together as a powerful reminder during Work Safe Australia Week that we all need to be fully committed to safety at work. Read more

[+] 2009-10-22

Local builders urged to down tools for safety breakfast with FOG

Sunshine Coast tradies will be able to kick start their day with Queensland FOG (former Origin Great) Dan Stains at a Safe Work Australia Week builders’ breakfast seminar next week. Read more

[+] 2009-10-22

Builders urged to get involved ‘boots and all’ in Safe Work Australia Week

Builders are being encouraged to set aside a couple of hours in their busy schedules to focus on the importance of safety in the workplace during Safe Work Australia Week. Read more

[+] 2009-10-22

TV medico to tell Brisbane workers what’s good for them during Safe Work Australia Week

Brisbane workers are invited to attend a Healthier and Safer Workers Information Session on Wednesday 28 October as part of Safe Work Australia Week. Read more

[+] 2009-09-22

Sunshine Coast concrete pumpers targeted in worker safety blitz

Queensland Government workplace safety inspectors are set to target Sunshine Coast concrete pumpers in a bid to boost worker safety and prevent accidents and injuries in the local construction industry. Read more

[+] 2009-09-22

Southwest Queensland concrete pumpers targeted in worker safety blitz

Queensland Government workplace safety inspectors are set to target Toowoomba, Ipswich and Southwest Queensland region concrete pumpers in a bid to boost worker safety and prevent accidents and injuries in the local construction industry. Read more

[+] 2009-09-22

Gold Coast concrete pumpers targeted in worker safety campaign

Queensland Government workplace safety inspectors are set to target Gold Coast concrete pumpers in a bid to boost worker safety and prevent accidents and injuries in the local construction industry. Read more

[+] 2009-09-22

North Qld concrete pumpers targeted in worker safety blitz

Queensland Government workplace safety inspectors are set to target North Queensland concrete pumpers in a bid to boost worker safety and prevent accidents and injuries in the local construction industry. Read more

[+] 2009-09-22

Central Queensland/Wide Bay concrete pumpers targeted in safety blitz

Queensland Government workplace safety inspectors are set to target Central Queensland and Wide Bay region concrete pumpers in a bid to boost worker safety and prevent accidents and injuries in the local construction industry. Read more

[+] 2009-09-16

Statewide launch of Zero Harm at Work leadership program *

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick will today meet with about 250 industry and union leaders to seek their personal commitment on a groundbreaking new program to reduce workplace deaths and injuries. Read more

[+] 2009-09-01

Dive industry safety initiative *

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick today announced the establishment of an industry reference group to help review Queensland’s recreational diving safety codes. Read more

[+] 2009-07-19

Taskforce to investigate traffic controller safety and conditions *

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick has announced a taskforce will be established to address the recommendations of a report into traffic controller safety and conditions. Read more

[+] 2009-07-17

Entries closing for Queensland workplace safety awards *

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick today reminded Queensland businesses to get their entries in for the 2009 Queensland Work Safe Awards and the inaugural Return to Work Awards. Read more

[+] 2009-07-13

Health and safety initiative being piloted in Caboolture and north Brisbane *

Sixty businesses in Caboolture and north Brisbane have signed up for free workplace safety consultations as part of a major awareness and compliance campaign targeting medium sized businesses. Read more

[+] 2009-07-07

Free health and safety workshop for Charters Towers businesses *

A free workshop to help improve the health and safety of workers in small-to-medium businesses in the Charters Towers region will be held on 10 July in Charters Towers. Read more

[+] 2009-07-07

Program to improve health of workers at correctional centre building site *

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick today visited the site of the new correctional precinct near Gatton, to launch a program aimed at improving the health of men and women working on the project. Read more

[+] 2009-07-05

Minister announces new safety standards for swing-stage scaffolding *

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick today launched new safety standards for the use of suspended (swing-stage) scaffolding on high-rise buildings in Queensland. Read more

[+] 2009-06-23

Townsville trucking business on the right track with worker safety *

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick today visited a family-owned Townsville trucking business to congratulate them on taking steps to improve the safety of their workers. Read more

[+] 2009-06-19

Advanced safety workshops now available for Qld businesses *

The Bligh Government is offering new advanced safety workshops for Queensland workplaces, due to increased demand from businesses across Queensland. Read more

[+] 2009-06-16

Justice budget delivers on infrastructure, jobs and services *

The Bligh Government’s investment in the $600 million Supreme and District Court complex will form a major part of the state’s $18.2 billion infrastructure program, Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations Cameron Dick said. Read more

[+] 2009-06-11

Qld provides in-principle support for National IR reforms in the private sector *

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick has today announced the Queensland Government’s in-principle support for a seamless national industrial relations system for the private sector. Read more

[+] 2009-05-28

Special leave arrangements for public sector workers affected by swine flu *

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick has today issued a precautionary directive to the Directors General of all public sector agencies, outlining the employment arrangements which would operate if a human influenza pandemic was declared. Read more

[+] 2009-05-26

Transport and storage safety summit aims to cut worker injuries *

A summit will be held in Brisbane today to address the alarming number of injuries in the transport industry. Read more

[+] 2009-05-24

Shocking stats show builders at risk *

Premier Anna Bligh has announced a new taskforce will tackle health problems in the construction industry as a shocking report reveals high levels of obesity, smoking and problem drinking amongst our builders. Read more

[+] 2009-05-22

Free health and safety workshop for Gladstone construction businesses *

A free workshop to help improve the health and safety of workers in small-to-medium businesses in the construction industry will be held in Gladstone on May 28. Read more

[+] 2009-05-15

Construction industry commits to Zero Harm at Work *

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick will today launch the Zero Harm at Work Leadership Program for the Queensland construction industry, at a forum of around 50 CEOs and industry leaders. Read more

[+] 2009-05-11

Free health and safety workshop for Dalby businesses

A free workshop to help improve the health and safety of workers in small-to-medium local businesses in the Dalby area is being held on May 14. Read more

[+] 2009-05-11

Free health and safety workshop for Sunshine Coast businesses

A free workshop to help improve the health and safety of workers in small-to-medium local businesses on the Sunshine Coast is being held on May 21. Read more

[+] 2009-05-11

Free health and safety workshop for Gympie businesses

A free workshop to help improve the health and safety of workers in small-to-medium local businesses will be held in Gympie on May 13. Read more

[+] 2009-05-05

New health and safety provision to make Qld workplaces safer *

Queensland employees will now have greater protection in the workplace following the introduction of Provisional Improvement Notices (PIN). Read more

[+] 2009-05-01

Free health and safety workshop for Caboolture businesses *

A free workshop to help improve the health and safety of workers in local small-to-medium businesses in the Caboolture area is being held on May 6 in Caboolture. Read more

[+] 2009-04-28

Minister calls for nominations for ‘Work Safe’ and ‘Return to Work’ Awards *

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick is calling for entries for two workplace safety awards programs, aimed at recognising businesses and individuals who are leading the way in injury prevention and rehabilitation. Read more

[+] 2009-04-27

Minister challenges Queensland workplaces to an injury free 24 hours *

Minister for Industrial Relations Cameron Dick has called on all Queensland workplaces to make the next 24 hours injury free, ahead of the World Day of Safety and Health at Work tomorrow. Read more

[+] 2009-04-14

Information session to keep Warwick road workers safe *

A free information session aimed at improving the safety of road workers will be held next week in Warwick. Read more

[+] 2009-04-14

Information session to keep Hervey Bay road workers safe *

A free information session aimed at improving the safety of road workers will be held on Friday in Hervey Bay. Read more

[+] 2009-04-14

Information session to keep Gold Coast road workers safe *

A free information session aimed at improving the safety of road workers will be held tomorrow on the Gold Coast. Read more

[+] 2009-04-14

Information sessions to keep Charleville and Barcaldine road workers safe *

Free information sessions aimed at improving the safety of road workers will be held next week in Charleville and Barcaldine. Read more

[+] 2009-03-12

Free Innisfail safety workshop can help create safer, better workplaces

A free workshop to help small-to-medium businesses that want to improve their workers’ safety but have few or no workplace safety systems in place will be held next week, on March 19, in Innisfail. Read more

[+] 2009-03-02

Free Toowoomba workplace safety workshop for regional metal fabrication industry employers

A free workshop to help small-to-medium metal fabrication businesses that want to improve their workers’ safety but have few or no workplace safety systems in place will be held on March 10 at Toowoomba. Read more

[+] 2009-02-19

Large Queensland employers should lead with health and wellbeing programs, says WHSQ

Large Queensland employers should take a leadership role in establishing more health and wellbeing programs in the workplace, including programs to reduce obesity, smoking, heavy drinking, unsafe sun exposure and work-related psychosocial injuries. Read more

[+] 2009-01-21

Dedicated workplace health and safety dive unit to be based in Cairns *

Cairns will be home base for a team of specialist workplace health and safety inspectors dedicated to helping the state’s dive industry maintain high standards of public and worker safety. Read more

The Communication Services Branch handles media inquiries relating to:

  • the justice system, including courts and public prosecutions
  • community justice services, including: the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages; Justices of the Peace; Victim Assist Queensland; and the Dispute Resolution Branch
  • Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ)
  • the Electrical Safety Office (ESO), and
  • Industrial relations.

Call +61 7 3239 0782 or +61 7 3405 3762 to speak to a media officer, or email your inquiry to media.relations@justice.qld.gov.au.

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1 February 2010
Last updated
5 November 2015

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