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Queensland Teachers' Journal

March 2018

Editorial: Continuing workload focus on 2018

One commitment of the re-elected Palaszczuk government in this term is a “review of teacher workloads to address excessive and unproductive work of teachers”.

On the move for equality: EI Women’s Conference 2018

In early February, QTU Vice-President Sam Pidgeon was a part of the Australian Education Union delegation to the third Education International Women’s Conference, in Marrakech, Morocco.

President joins anti-bullying taskforce

QTU President Kevin Bates is to join a government taskforce looking at how to tackle bullying and cyber-bullying.

Higher duties win

The QTU has had a win for members over the payment of higher duties allowances during annual leave.

From the President: When more means less

The school day is finite and forcing schools to take on more programs on social and community issues will mean less time for core curriculum

The 2018 teacher transfer process

We may still be in term one, but the 2018 transfer process is already underway.

From the VP: QTU member action on NAPLAN is making an impact

There is no doubt that the action being taken by QTU members has fuelled interest in NAPLAN testing and has led to a focus on the need for a review.


The QTU is banning NAPLAN Online. Here you can find the answers to some of the common questions raised about the Union’s position.

NAPLAN: Evaluation is just good policy

Greg Thompson, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, QUT School of Teacher Education and Leadership, backs the QTU's call for a full review of NAPLAN.

Conference celebrates AEU’s first 25 years

A 16-strong QTU delegation of rank and file members and officers attended this year’s Australian Education Union (AEU) Federal Conference at the AEU Vic Branch headquarters in Abbotsford, Melbourne.

PPCR gathering information and steam

The Promotional Positions Classification Review (PPCR) is on schedule to produce a report by 31 December this year.

EST process streamlined

After negotiating throughout 2017, the QTU has succeeded in securing a more streamlined application process for experienced senior teacher.

Highly accomplished and lead teacher classifications – what next?

The pilot of highly accomplished teachers (HAT) and lead teachers (LT) continues in Far North and North Coast.

RAIS review update

A key achievement of the 2016 enterprise bargaining agreement was the formalising of the commitment to a review of the Remote Area Incentives Scheme (RAIS).

Members respond to Senate inquiry into country air services

The QTU has made a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport inquiry into the operation, regulation and funding of air services in rural and remote communities.

TAFE members secure relief from workload

Solidarity and collective action has enabled AMEP teachers and tutors in Brisbane to persuade their managers to address their concerns over workload intensification.

Review NAPLAN now!

Pull out poster in support of the QTU's campaign for a review of NAPLAN.

2018 QTU State Budget Submission

While 2017 saw significant positive outcomes for education and training, there is still more that is needed.

Coast branches good as gold on games preparation

While the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be a chance for celebration throughout Queensland, on the Gold Coast the games will have a major impact on local schools, teachers and school leaders, students, and parents.

Remember to breathe: integrating rhythms of renewal

Have you ever caught yourself during a frantic day and noticed that your shoulders have crept up around your ears and your breathing has become, at best, a shallow pant?

Planning, preparation and differentiation

Commonly held views and how they align with the QTU/DET joint statement.

Labour Day: a celebration of solidarity

Your QTU will be joining with other unions in statewide events across the Labour Day long weekend (5-7 May).

Legal: The dangers of crossing professional boundaries

In the current environment, it is vital to be sensitive to teachers’ obligations in relation to the huge issue of child protection and professional boundaries.


Experienced senior teacher eligibility / playground duty