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Queensland Teachers' Journal

April 2018

Editorial: "It's a sticker!"

It’s a sticker!” That's how an exasperated Senator Anthony Chisholm (ALP) began his opposition to a Senate motion moved by Senator Ian McDonald (LNP) expressing disgust at the actions of the QTU in distributing material bearing the Eureka flag. But why did a humble sticker create such hysteria and draw such vitriol?

State Council report - 10 March 2018

The first Council since the State Election in 2017 saw the QTU welcome the new Minister for Education and Industrial Relations, Grace Grace.

From the President: Fair Funding Now! – not one cent less!

The Australian Education Union, the QTU and our allies have launched the next phase of the campaign to deliver the funding needed for every child across the nation to realise their potential through a high-quality education.

All systems go for new QCE

With the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system commencing next year, there has been a flurry of activity across the state in preparation for the biggest shake up of senior assessment that Queensland has seen for 40 years.

From the VP: Campaign with your colleagues and get it done!

Want to make a real difference to the future of school funding? Join the campaign for Fair Funding Now!

Fair Funding Now! launched in Canberra

On 27 March, parents, teachers and school leaders descended on Parliament House in Canberra for the official launch of the Fair Funding Now campaign, which is seeking to achieve fair funding for all schools across the country.

Woorabinda teachers act to protect their security

Tired of having to put up with insecure teacher accommodation, QTU members at Woorabinda State School in Central Queensland have campaigned relentlessly to get something done.

School uniform policy to be updated

In a major win for the girls and young women we teach, the Department of Education has been asked to update the student dress code procedure for state schools.

Members turn up the heat on climate control

Following the first Workload and Wellbeing Awareness Month (WWAM) in 2017, a number of key strategies to address workload and wellbeing continue to progress.

Have your say on the impact of NAPLAN

The QTU is surveying members to gather more detailed information about the impact of NAPLAN in Queensland schools.

QTU Union Reps Conference sets scene for growth and activism

360 QTU workplace representatives from across the state came together at the RNA International Convention Centre in Brisbane for the annual Union Reps Conference, titled “Strengthening workplace activism".

Fair Funding Now! poster

A pull-out poster calling for a fair go for all children.

Why I'm going to Labour Day ....

A pull-out poster in which members explain why they'll be marching.

Sally McManus: "The rules must be changed"

“The rules must be changed so jobs with basic security and rights can be restored,” ACTU Secretary Sally McManus said in what is being billed as the most important speech by a union leader in a generation.

TAFE: Certificate IV in TAE upgrade

Back in April 2016, an update to the training and assessment (TAE) training package included two additional core units for the Cert IV in Training in Assessment: “Design and develop assessment tools” and “Address adult language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills”.

TAFE: CQU certified agreement

On 9 March, the QTU received notification that the Central Queensland University Enterprise Agreement 2017 had been approved by the Fair Work Commission.

Queensland Women’s Week: too much to celebrate for just one day!

QTU members have celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) and Queensland Women’s Week throughout the state - in our classrooms, our staff rooms, on school parades and through formal functions.


Carer's leave / medical certificates / paid maternity leave / ratios for excursions/camps

Union guides for school leaders

This semester the Queensland Teachers’ Union will be releasing two publications to assist education leader members.

PPCR update

The Promotional Positions Classification Review continues, and both the department and the QTU appreciate members taking the time to contribute to ensure high-quality outcomes can be achieved.

Rituals to open and close your day

All life on Earth follows a rhythm that’s governed by the 24-hour oscillation between day and night, light and dark. Living in synchronicity with this cycle is key to our health and wellbeing.

Collegial engagement

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

Legal: ‘D’ for discipline

Many teachers will have some interaction with a disciplinary process during their careers. It is therefore worth having a basic knowledge of what the process involves.