QTEC Training

QTEC training opportunities are listed below.

Other specialist courses / seminars and conferences targeted at specific interest groups are conducted as required and advertised on the website and via email.

Union Reps (Introductory)

QTEC conducts training afternoons for new reps.

In Brisbane in 2015 these afternoons will be conducted in a series of 4 after school sessions each on different topics. The format for all training programs will vary in different regions.

Union Reps (Advanced)

This popular training session is open to Union Reps who have previously completed an introductory course and for reps who wish to update their skills and awareness of current union campaigns.

The content includes campaigning, workplace negotiations, conflict management and others.

Union Reps Conference

This valuable and popular one day conference will be held on Friday 17 April 2015 for reps from the metropolitan, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast areas with a representative group of reps invited from the country regions. Guest speakers provide important information and the latest on educational and industrial issues.

The aim of the conference every year is to bring together as many QTU reps as possible to plan campaigns and develop strategies as well as to provide an opportunity for reps from around the state to get together.

Women Activists

 Afternoon forums are conducted for women activists with guest speakers and senior officers facilitating. Training sessions are organised by the QTU Women’s Officer and focus on women teachers working conditions, anti-discrimination and harassment, legal protection for teachers, women in the QTU and women in leadership.

A biennial women’s conference is held in Brisbane for women activists from across Queensland the next being in 2016.

Administrators training

These afternoon sessions are held in Brisbane and regionally for principals, deputy principals, HODs, HOSESs. The program includes current issues and campaigns as well as legal issues for educational administrators.

A professional conference for Education Leaders is held annually in Brisbane. In 2015 this conference will be held on Friday 15 May.

Area Council Training

This course is for area council delegates / proxies and aims to skill area council delegates in the operations of the union.

In Brisbane, this course is held on a Saturday morning followed by lunch and combined Area Council meetings for six Area Council groups, however this format may vary in regional areas.

The content covers issues such as members’ rights and entitlements, report writing, organising branch-based campaigns and strategies on increasing Union involvement.

New Educators

New educator events are conducted in Brisbane and regions including an annual new educator professional conference, held in Brisbane.

All new educator programs cover a number of issues effecting new teachers, including working conditions and entitlements, the role and operations of the Queensland Teachers' Union, legal issues, induction and probation as well as behaviour management.

In 2012 the QTU established a new educator network (NEN) group with new educators from all regions of Queensland forming part of the NEN group for that year. In 2013 and 2014 additional new educators were nominated to be part of the NEN group. This QTU initiative is to involve new educators in important areas of the union’s activities and planning. Training for NENs includes public speaking and activism and advocacy skills.

TAFE Activists

TAFE activists training is available in all areas of Queensland and focuses on issues of relevance to TAFE, TAFE structural issues, campaigning, using the media, recruitment, role of the Union Representative and current issues.


Professional Development

Behaviour Management courses with Jo Lange have been conducted in Brisbane and the regions since 2003.

Course dates for 2015 are available on the website.

The Union also provides professional development sessions in the areas of assertiveness and women in leadership as well as other programs most frequently requested.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander conference 2015

A biennial conference is scheduled in Brisbane on Monday and Tuesday 21 and 22 September 2015. This will be the 5th conference conducted by QTEC on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members.

The conference program will be drafted by QTEC in conjunction with the Gandu Jarjum Committee and will have a focus on professional and industrial issues.

QTU Associate Member support

The QTU provides support to Associate Members through university visits as well as delivering programs on areas of importance to new teachers. These include the benefits of Union membership and their industrial and professional rights.

Glen Pearsall, an author of several books on classroom behaviour, conducts sessions in November each year for students in their final years of education training. This seminar has been run by the QTU for 5 years and is very successful. It provides a high level of support to our third and fourth year associate members on classroom management.

All Associate Member events in 2015 will be advertised on the website.