Classification review established – consultation pending

After preliminary negotiations, the Promotional Positions Classification Review (PPCR) Working Group has been formed, terms of reference and the scope of the review agreed, a project manager appointed and a list of timelines and key activities established.

Consistent with the provisions of the EB agreement, the review will be completed by the end of 2018. The QTU’s aim is to complete it earlier if possible, subject to a comprehensive review.

QTU representation on the working group is the QTU General Secretary Graham Moloney, Assistant Secretary – Education Leaders Paige Bousen and Industrial Advocate Thalia Edmonds.

The DET representatives are led by Deputy Director-General Jeff Hunt and include Leanne Nixon, Tracy Corsbie, Regan Neumann and Leigh Pickering. The Project Manager is Dion Coghlan.

Desktop analysis

A desktop analysis of the current promotional workforce and of the classification structures in other states and territories and in the private sector has commenced.


The process will also include extensive consultation and opportunities for groups and individuals to provide submissions and raise issues. Focus groups will also be used as part of the process to prioritise issues and options for the new classification structure. The consultation process starts shortly.

QTU consultation

In addition to the consultation processes of the review, the QTU will provide an on-going avenue for member comment and submissions on the future classification structure.

The QTU has established a dedicated page for the review on the QTU website
( This will allow QTU members to read up-to-date information and to provide comment by email.

QTU members will also be consulted in conjunction with QTU seminars, at meetings organised for the purpose and by Organisers in conjunction with school visits.


Scope of the review

In scope

  • Stream 2: Heads of Program
  • Stream 3: School Leaders
  • The impact of the evaluation methodology
  • Impact of HAT/LT classifications
  • Progression between classification levels and paypoints
  • Remuneration packaging
  • Work value assessments/role descriptions/evaluations
  • Executive principal.
Out of scope
  • Stream 1: Teaching
  • Allocative methodology
  • Workload
  • Creation of new positions
  • Terms and conditions
  • Implementation of review findings
  • Stream structure.


Terms of reference

The working group will:

  • lead a review of Stream 2: Head of Program and Stream 3: School Leaders classifications, as required by clause 5.4 of the agreement (the review)
  • operate in accordance with the good faith bargaining guidelines executed by the parties on 14 April 2016 for the purpose of negotiating the review in accordance with the agreement 
  • invite and coordinate submissions for the review
  • undertake or commission analysis of work value and comparative remuneration levels
  • examine drivers and impacts on classifications subject to this review
  • inform communications with key stakeholders about the review
  • conduct the review acknowledging that the outcomes will inform the basis of negotiations between the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) and the Department of Education and Training (DET) as part of 2019 enterprise bargaining
  • prepare a report summarising the findings of the review for consideration by the Queensland Government.


Graham Moloney                                                                                                             General Secretary

Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 122 No 4, 2 June 2017, p12