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Equity at Work

As the peak body representing workers in Queensland, we are committed to reducing inequity at work and in the community.

This includes advocating for women, First Nations and LGBTIQA+ workers through our networks and campaigns.

The union movement has a proud history of ensuring no worker is left behind.

We've been instrumental in delivering key equity reforms including parental leave, equal pay, discrimination and sexual harassment protections, paid Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) leave, legalised abortion and workplace health and safety protections.

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Union women secure key sexual harassment protections

Union women have secured a key win for Queensland public sector workers with enhanced sexual harassment protections introduced under a new directive.

Click here to read the full story.

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Queensland Unions has prepared a suite of Info Sheets to support affiliates and members to address common equity issues at work. Download info sheets for employees in state and federal jurisdictions below.

Info Sheets for employees in the Queensland jurisdiction

These fact sheets outline entitlements under the Queensland Industrial Relations Act 2016.

Info Sheets for employees in the federal jurisdiction

These fact sheets outline entitlements under the National Employment Standards (NES).

Union Women, Union Pride

The Queensland Unions Women's Committee and Pride Committee connect members from affiliate unions to spotlight issues impacting women and LGBTIQA+ workers, and lead campaigns to make workplaces more equitable.

To find out more about these committees, contact QCU Women's Officer Penny Spalding via

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Emma Miller Awards

Every year, Queensland Unions recognise the outstanding contributions of women members through the presentation of the Emma Miller Awards.

Named for the eponymous suffragette, activist and pioneering union organiser, the Emma Miller Awards honour union women who embody Emma's tenacious spirit.

Click here to find out more.

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