Employment law is concerned with the relationship between employers and employees, and covers a number of areas including employment contracts, claims based in tort or on a breach of contract, protection from discrimination, health and safety and a number of statutory regulations.Strict time limits apply in employment law claims, and you should seek advice as soon as possible.

LawRight factsheets

Resources from other organisations

  • Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) – Commonwealth legislation governing employer/employee relationships.

Where to go for help

  • Legal Aid Employment Law Service – Legal Aid Queensland has an Employment Law Service which provides free advice by telephone appointment, and in some instances, also provides legal representation in conciliation and hearing in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) or Fair Work Commission (FWC). Even though you can represent yourself if you apply to the QIRC or FWC, if you feel that you require advice or assistance, you can contact the Legal Aid Employment Law Service on 1300 65 11 88.
  • Caxton Legal Centre Inc – The Caxton Legal Centre has an Employment Legal Service which can provide information. However, this is an area of high demand and does not receive funding.
  • Fair Work Commission – The Fair Work Commission is the national workplace relations commission. It is an independent body with power to carry out a range of functions relating to the safety net of minimum wages and employment conditions, enterprise bargaining, industrial action, dispute resolution, termination of employment and other workplace matters.


The information in this resource is for general information purposes only and should not be relied on as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact LawRight or another lawyer. LawRight can only give advice to people who are eligible for our services.