Proposed changes to the QLeave levies collected

The Honourable Grace Grace MP, Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations has released a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) about proposed changes to the QLeave building and construction levy. The Office of Industrial Relations is the lead agency and contact for the consultation on this RIS.

As a part of its commitment to fair and transparent government, the Palaszczuk Government wishes to consult with building and construction industry stakeholders on its proposal to reverse changes made in 2014 to the levy that funds the portable long service leave (PLSL) entitlements of workers in Queensland's building and construction industry.

In 2014, changes were made to the structure and rate of the levy collected under the Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 1991 (the Act), including:

  • the introduction of a tiered levy structure, which effectively discounted the levy rate for large projects;
  • the exclusion of goods and services tax from the leviable building and construction costs; and
  • a reduction in the PLSL levy rate from 0.3% to 0.25% of a project's total costs.

The changes reduced the levy revenue that funds the PLSL scheme, and also impacted the revenue from two other levies QLeave collects under the Act - the work health and safety (WHS) levy and the building and construction industry training levy.

The Queensland Government also wishes to consult with industry on a related proposal, being a small increase to the WHS levy to provide dedicated funding for mental health and suicide prevention strategies in the building and construction industry. There is a particularly high incidence of suicide in the building and construction industry. It is proposed to create a dedicated funding source for targeted industry mental health and suicide prevention strategies.

Feedback and comments are being sought from industry groups, levy payers, unions and other interested stakeholders through a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (PDF, 469KB).

A copy is also available on the Government’s Get Involved website.

You are invited to have your say about the proposed changes and their impact by emailing any comments to the Office of Industrial Relations at QLeavelevy@oir.qld.gov.au by COB on 30 May 2019.

Submissions will be published unless provided in confidence. Material provided in confidence should be clearly marked ‘IN CONFIDENCE’.

Any questions about this consultation process can be submitted via the above email address or by calling the Office of Industrial Relations on 07 3406 9863.

Interested stakeholders can also register to receive updates on the outcome of this consultation process by sending a request to the email address above.