The Core Agreement has been certified

The State Government Departments Certified Agreement 2019 has been certified by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.

This is the culmination of thousands of hours of effort by all of you as Together members, and particularly your delegates, workers like you who have dedicated enormous effort to this.

This Agreement delivers many important improvements for employees and access to important rights. These include rights around employment security; workload management; consultation about change; consultation about the introduction of technology/ future of work; support for workers with mental illness including access to mental health first aid training for employee representatives; and a $1250 one-off payment (which has already been paid) and importantly a wages arbitration.

Offer on Core wages

Voting is now open in the ballot of members on Core wages.

You can go here to vote.

The offer is for:

  • A 2.5% increase on current wage rates on 1 September 2021
  • A further 2.5% increase on 1 March 2022; and
  • A further 2.5% on 1 September 2022.

The agreement would expire at the end of August 2023.

This offer is the first time since 2018, either in bargaining or arbitration, that government has made an offer for the Core agreement based on current rates of pay. This is a very significant win.

The Together Core Delegates Committee have accepted this endorsed this offer in principle. As a union member you can have your say in our ballot.


What is bargaining?

Every three years public sector union members are able to bargain with their employer, to seek wages and conditions that are better than the award.


We will be providing you with regular updates from negotiations as they happen.

Our claim

Union members decide what to ask for through bargaining to improve workplaces, conditions and wages.

Collective action makes a difference

As union members we know that to make real change, negotiations alone won’t be enough to win the changes you want to see in your workplace.

To win real change, we need a strong campaign across the public service that forces the employer to change the rules in the Queensland public service.

Having active and involved members in workplaces across the state makes a strong campaign!

Under the Industrial Relations Act, members can take protected industrial action as part of negotiations.

Only union members can take protected industrial action, and only union members can change your employer’s offer. To be part of the campaign, you need to be a member of Together.

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Here's what members have done so far

Members in all Departments covered by the Core have held stop work rallies all over the state.

Members in Queensland Boating and Fisheries also took 24-hour strike action, as well as enacting extensive work bans. QBFP members have temporarily suspended their work bans in order to further negotiate with the Department.

The Core Agreement has been certified: What will happen with wages?

Read more here