TRACK RECORDS IN GOVERNMENT : TEACHERS' AND PRINCIPALS' WORKING CONDITIONS

LNP

March 2012 - January 2015

ALP

February 2015 - current

  • Through “award modernisation” and EB7 negotiations, attempted to strip away industrial protections from more than 20 of the working conditions of teachers and principals, including maximum class sizes, workload management, the transfer system, and maximisation of permanency. Such matters were to be turned into policy, which could be changed at any time with no consultation.
  • Proposed performance pay for teachers, and “bonus pay” decided at the principal’s discretion.
  • Attempted to freeze beginning teachers’ pay for three years as part of EB7.
  • Attempted to remove award provisions allowing professional development during school time.
  • Class sizes – not only tried to remove protections around maximum class sizes, but came into government in 2012 with 9,337 oversized classes, and left government with 14, 226 oversized classes.
  • Undermined the transfer and relocation systems by removing the appeal process for teacher transfers, and removing QTU representatives from principal selection panels.
  • Suspended the award modernisation process begun by the LNP until legislative changes returned protections to a range of matters that had been deemed as “non-allowable” through the award stripping process, and so returning industrial protections to teachers and principals in the award and agreement.
  • Included maximum class sizes as enforceable in the certified agreement; put downward pressure on class sizes by creating 875 teaching positions above those needed to cover enrolment growth.
  • Queensland’s beginning teachers are among the highest paid in Australia after EB8.
  • Classroom teachers will be able to earn more than $100,000 in the final year of EB8
  • Worked with the QTU to reinstate a 1 July agreement date which had implications for members on defined benefits superannuation. All temporary teachers with a semester contract are guaranteed paid student free days at the start of the year.
  • EB8 provided faster access to experienced senior teacher for four-year trained teachers; down from the previous 13 years to 11 years by 2018.
  • Addressed workload through EB8 by clarifying the purpose and use of teacher non-contact time, replacing non-contact time lost due to planned school activities, enhancing curriculum coordination time in primary and special schools, and enhancing administration time for teaching principals.