15 March 2018 

 CQU Enterprise Agreement 2017 approved by Fair Work Commission

On Friday 9 March, the QTU received notification that the Central Queensland University Enterprise Agreement 2017 had been approved by Fair Work Commission and, in accordance with s.54 of the act, will be in operation from 16 March 2018. The nominal expiry date of the agreement is 30 June 2021.

Prior to this, notice had been received from Central Queensland University that the Vice-Chancellor had approved an administrative pay increase as of 3 March, in accordance with the first increase in the certified agreement. This, it was stated, was in consideration of the prolonged period of time that the proposed agreement was before Fair Work Commission.

For VET educators in Central Queensland University, this means that salary increases of 4.5 per cent per annum will be in place from 3 March. The AEU(Q)/QTU notes that the university continues to assert that there will be no back pay. However, the Union’s position remains unchanged. Members should not be disadvantaged as a consequence of delays in processing. The terms of the agreement specify wage increases from 2017.

No other conditions or changes will come into effect until 16 March, as notified by the Fair Work Commission in its letter approving the agreement.

The task of implementing the agreement, including communicating widely the intention of the parties in drafting the various clauses of the document, now begins. It is the position of the AEU(Q)/QTU that, in practice, the conditions of employment as negotiated, although in the context of the CQUniversity merged entity, should be little different to the employment conditions enjoyed in the other public VET provider, TAFE Queensland. By working together, members, workplace representatives and honorary branch officials can ensure that erroneous interpretations and overreaches of authority can be contained. Regular branch meetings and active communication will be essential in maintaining workplace rights and conditions, as will active representation of AEU(Q)/QTU member interests at the joint consultative committee (JCC) as the peak industrial forum within the university.

The new certified agreement allows for three members of the AEU(Q)/QTU to represent the Union on the JCC. To ensure members are fully represented on that body, nominations are called for AEU(Q)/QTU representatives to fill two vacancies on the JCC.

  • Interested individuals should forward their nomination to tafe@qtu.asn.au before Thursday 29 March. 
  • If there are multiple nominees, an election will be conducted. 
  • All nominees must accompany their nomination with a completed “Form K - workplace representative nomination” to be considered for the position. 
  • All nominees must be members in good standing of the AEU(Q)/QTU. 

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