The Queensland Government has introduced a number of changes to the Industrial Relations Act 1999 which require trade unions like the Queensland Teachers' Union to maintain and publish registers listing: each time more than $10,000 is spent on the "same political purpose and the same political object", credit card and cab charge account usage and the remuneration and benefits of senior officers.

In line with the legislation, the QTU has made these documents available below.

Long before these politically-motivated changes were introduced, the QTU was already an open, well-run and accountable organisation dedicated to ensuring that its members’ funds were spent properly and in the interest of state school teachers and principals across Queensland. 

The Union has an Audit Committee that examines the accounts and seeks explanations of anything unexpected or potentially irregular. That Committee comprises the Senior Officers of the QTU, a member of the QTU Executive and an independent member with accounting qualifications. 

The monthly accounts are scrutinised by the elected Executive and State Council.  The accounts of the QTU are also audited annually by one of the big four accounting firms, Ernst and Young, whose “best practice” recommendations for improvement have always been implemented.

Union Officers issued credit cards for work purposes must abide by a policy which defines the legitimate uses of Union-issued credit cards. They must account for their credit card use monthly, and a Senior Officer must verify that this use is in accordance with the policy. Credit card use is also monitored in the Finance and Corporate Services area of the Union.

It is also important to note that the QTU is not affiliated with any political party, nor does it donate funds to any political parties.  Under the QTU Constitution, political party affiliation could only occur after a referendum of all members.

The QTU is affiliated with the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU), the peak Australian and Queensland Union bodies.  Neither of the bodies is affiliated with, or donates funds to, any political party.

Registers and statements