Term 1, 2017

With the new school year well and truly underway, I write to say hello and update you on a number of matters you may be interested in.

2017 Biennial Conference and policy review

As many of you are already aware, the QTU’s Biennial Conference will be held in June this year. One of the main tasks of Conference is to consider policy changes. While QTU policy can be changed at any time, it is most typically done at Conference, as occurred when significant amendments were adopted last Conference establishing a designated position for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander member on Executive and prioritising access of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nominees to other QTU standing committees. 

While Gandu Jarjum has the responsibility to review the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and training policy, we are keen to ensure our policy reflects the views of the broader membership. Gandu Jarjum next meets on Fri 17 and Sat 18 March, when it will consider the existing policy and propose amendments. 

If you have any feedback you would like considered by the committee, please mark it “Attention Kim” and email it to services@qtu.asn.au by midday Thursday 16 March. 

Of course, Conference delegates as individuals can propose amendments too, but typically the consensus of a committee is significant in the minds of Conference delegates when they are considering proposed amendments. 

2016 RAP Wrap-up

As part of the QTU’s ongoing commitment to reconciliation, we have developed a Reconciliation Action Plan. 

The RAP commits the QTU to actions which further reconciliation, and requires a number of deliverables. The following deliverables were achieved last year:

  • Establish a RAP Working Party
  • Celebrate National Reconciliation Week (NRW) and NAIDOC week
  • Encourage member’s schools to develop a RAP using the Nurragunnawali program
  • Raise internal understanding of protocols
  • Consider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment
  • Consider supplier diversity.

Thus, while there is still much to be done, good progress was made last year on our deliverables, and we look forward to continuing this progress in 2017.

RAP Working Party

While we do already have a RAP working party that worked on the QTU’s first RAP, we will shortly begin work on our second RAP, in line with Reconciliation Australia’s requirements. If you are interested in joining the RAP Working Party, please let me know at services@qtu.asn.au 

We have a great group already, but many hands make light work, and we’d like to ensure we have representatives from across the state. 

Celebrating success

In 2016 the Bwgcolman Community School saw their graduating class achieve 100% QCE attainment. Seven students graduated from the Palm Island school, and a number of students had already secured employment before graduating. We wish them every success in their future endeavours. 

In unity

Kim Roy | Industrial/Research Officer
Queensland Teachers' Union

 Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union