More than 47,000 teachers in the Queensland Government’s primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, colleges and TAFEs choose to belong to the QTU (more than 90 per cent of all teachers, principals and administrators).
We are here to help you in times of difficulty, to negotiate better pay and conditions and to work on your behalf to promote the teaching profession.
The benefits of belonging
The number one issue in the 2019 member survey and the QTU’s number one priority. Only the QTU can organise to achieve a reduction in workload for teachers and school leaders.
Wages and conditions
QTU members secured EB agreements in schools and TAFE, with significant increases in pay and conditions. The focus is now on implementing them and ensuring members receive the benefits.
Promoting public education
The QTU campaigns for better needs-based funding for schools and TAFE, including in the lead-up to the 2020 state election.
A QTU member also belongs to the Australian Education Union, the second largest union in the country, influencing agendas on education and VET nationally.
A campaigning organisation
From class sizes and school and TAFE funding to workload, the QTU is a professional campaigning organisation with the resources and expertise to makes things happen.
Strength in numbers
The QTU has over 47,000 members. Whether at a school or institute, state or national level, a QTU member does not stand alone.
Democracy in action
The QTU operates on the basis of decisions made by practising teachers and school leaders on QTU Council and Executive, implemented by professional officers. QTU members participate in decisions at all levels – school, branch, region and state.
A professional voice
Teacher unions represent members professionally as well on curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, registration and professional standards. The Union is the teachers’ voice to the Queensland College of Teachers, the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority and the TAFE Consultative Committee.
When things go wrong, the QTU is there to support and represent you and ensure justice and fair treatment. QTU officers are experienced in dealing with industrial and professional rules and with complaints against members.
Members have access to expert legal advice and assistance from lawyers specialising in education and employment law. It’s free in cases arising from work.
Get information and advice about pay and conditions from Queensland Teachers Assist Desk (QTAD), as well as www.qtu.asn.au, the Queensland Teachers’ Journal, Newsflashes, and the QTU library.
Training and PD
Get access to training on industrial issues through Queensland Teachers’ Education Centre (QTEC) and professional development courses through Queensland Education Support and Training (QuEST).
Get health insurance from the QTU-created health fund TUH, and save money through the Union Shopper buying service.