March 2012 - January 2015


February 2015 - current

  • Committed Queensland to be the first state or territory to implement the entire Australian Curriculum; ignored the QTU’s workload intensification concerns raised on behalf of members and refused to delay the implementation.
  • Began a review of the OP system.
  • Removed QTU and IEU – QNT representation on the board of the Queensland Studies Authority (now QCAA); proposed similar changes to the governance of the Queensland College of Teachers.
  • Agreed to delay the implementation of the Australian Curriculum in light of the QTU’s concerns; before new curriculum areas are implemented, requires teachers to be given sufficient PD and support services to familiarise themselves with the curriculum.
  • Agreed to delay the implementation of the new senior assessment and tertiary entrance (SATE) system, allowing for sufficient professional development for teachers.
  • Retained practising teacher representation on the board of the Queensland College of Teachers; while there is practising teacher representation on QCAA working groups, there is still no QTU representation on the board.
  • Education Minister directed QCAA to define a ‘core Australian Curriculum’ to alleviate workload implications and ease pressure on Queensland state school students.
  • Ministerial directive for QCAA to consult stakeholders resulted in recommendations that alleviate workload demands by identifying core, optional and discretionary curriculum components, and more flexibility around the delivery of certain curriculum.
  • Argued to delay NAPLAN Online at national Education Council until system works.