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Opportunity to nominate for membership of Industry Sector Standing Committees

The Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) is seeking nominations for consideration by the Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing for appointment to a new term of the six Industry Sector Standing Committees (ISSCs). The current ISSC term expires on 10 July 2022. Nominations close Monday 14 February 2022.

If you have practical experience and competence in the management of work health and safety (WHS) and are interested in improving WHS in your industry, OIR invites you or anyone you consider suitable to submit a nomination for ISSC membership. Nominees are welcome to nominate for multiple ISSCs. We also encourage you to promote the nomination process through your networks.

While the Minister makes appointments to the ISSCs, the Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) facilitates the nomination process for the Minister. In appointing a person as a member, the Minister considers whether the person is suitably qualified, based on their practical experience and competence in the management of WHS. The Minister seeks to equally appoint men and women, and must ensure even representation of worker and employer representatives. Expert members may also be appointed. In addition, the Queensland Government supports diversity and inclusion on Queensland Government committees. OIR strongly encourages nominations from suitably qualified people who bring a diverse range of skill and perspectives — including women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and other diverse groups.

The Minister makes appointments to the ISSCs for a period of three years. For the new term, each ISSC will consist of a chairperson, and six to 11 other members (total membership of each ISSC must not exceed 12).

About ISSCs and ISSC membership

Industry Sector Standing Committees (ISSCs) are consultative committees established under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld) with the primary function to provide advice and make recommendations to the Work Health and Safety Board about workplace health and safety in the relevant industry sectors.

Each ISSC consists of a chairperson and at least six other members (equally representing employers and workers, and may include other expert members). There are six ISSCs in total, one for each of the following industry sectors:

  • construction
  • manufacturing
  • rural
  • health and community services
  • retail and wholesale
  • transport and storage.

The ISSCs meet four times each year for approximately two hours. Members undertake pre-meeting reading, contribute at meetings and working parties, and are encouraged to promote and attend relevant OIR events.

Members are not remunerated for attendance at meetings but receive reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses associated with meeting attendance.

How to nominate

Nominees must submit the following documents to by Monday 14 February 2022.

Completion of these forms is required to be eligible for consideration for appointment. Nominations are forwarded to the Minister for consideration and OIR advises applicants of the outcome following the Minister’s decision.

For more information, please contact