TRACK RECORDS IN GOVERNMENT : SUPPORT FOR THE TEACHING PROFESSION

LNP

March 2012 - January 2015

ALP

February 2015 - current

  • Introduced Independent Public Schools, with little requirement for genuine consultation within schools before nominating and no guarantee to protect workers’ industrial rights.
  • Accepted an Independent Public School nomination despite the clear position put forward by staff to reject nomination
  • Introduced mentoring for beginning teachers. 
  • Transferred ownership of teacher accommodation to the Department of Housing and Public Works with no consultation with the QTU to ensure members were not disadvantaged; proposed to outsource tenancy and property maintenance management functions, absolving the government of its responsibility to provide quality housing for its employees.
  • In the 2014-15 budget, the government only budgeted approximately $4.1 million for housing maintenance and $1.5 million for minor works and upgrades to DET housing.
  • Enhanced the classification structure for classroom teachers, with the highly accomplished teacher (HAT) and lead teacher pilot in progress.
  • First review of promotional positions in 25 years, with the Promotional Positions Classification Review in progress.
  • Provided 230 teaching positions to support breadth of curriculum over 2018 and 2019 for the transition to six full cohorts in secondary schools by 2010 (in addition to the 875 extra teaching positions to address the LNP’s staffing shortfall). 
  • Provided 45 extra permanent guidance officers for secondary schools.
  • Remote Area Incentive Scheme review in progress.
  • The 2017-18 budget included $82.7 million over four years for new houses in rural or remote communities, with 36 being new teacher houses, $23 million over two years to address maintenance backlog to more than 800 residences, and $40.2 million over four years for 312 upgrade and 1,758 improvement projects to DET housing.
  • Extended mentoring for beginning.
  • Strengthened the requirement for genuine consultation within schools before nomination as Independent Public Schools.
  • In EB8, started the process for the Promotional Positions Classification Review (PPCR), improved broad-banding for principals and HOSES, and included administrative time provisions for teaching principals, and heads of department, curriculum and special education services.
  • In EB8, improved both PD arrangements for temporary teachers and processes to address temporary rather than permanent engagement.
  • Consulted with the QTU on policy decisions that would affect the Union’s 44,000 members.