The benefits of belonging

Respect for the profession

Members need to feel safe at work, be able to exercise professional autonomy and experience a reduction in workload. Only the QTU can organise to achieve these objectives.

Wages and conditions

There is strength in numbers when negotiating either big EB agreements or smaller agreements that address specific issues or the needs of specific groups. United we bargain, divided we beg.

A professional voice

Teacher unions represent members professionally 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.

Promoting public education

The QTU promotes public education and the work of its teachers and leaders, and campaigns for needs-based funding for schools and TAFE.

Democracy in action

Decisions about Union direction are made by practising teachers and leaders on QTU and TAFE Council and Executive and implemented by professional officers. The QTU prides itself on giving members the opportunity to participate in decisions at all levels – school, branch, region and state.


The QTU has been the voice of teachers and school leaders for nearly 134 years.

National voice

A QTU member is also a member of the Australian Education Union, the second largest union in the country, addressing the national education agenda (like NAPLAN and Australian Curriculum) and VET.

A campaigning organisation

From class sizes to school and TAFE funding and now to workload, the QTU is a very professional campaigning organisation with the resources and expertise to makes things happen.

Legal assistance

Members have access where needed to expert legal advice and assistance from Holding Redlich Lawyers, specialists in education and employment law. It’s free in cases arising from work.

Professional Protection

The QTU is there to support and represent members and to ensure justice and fair treatment. QTU Officers are very experienced in dealing with industrial and professional rules, and with complaints against members.

Strength in numbers

The QTU has more than 48,000 members. Whether at school/institute, state or national level, a QTU member does not stand alone when pursuing their rights or entitlements.

Information and advice

Find out about pay and conditions through the Queensland Teachers Assist Desk (QTAD). Discover more through the website (, the Queensland Teachers’ Journal, Newsflashes and other bulletins, and the QTU library.

Training and PD

Get access to training on industrial issues through the Queensland Teachers Education Centre (QTEC) and professional development courses through QuEST.

Great services

Get health insurance from the health fund the QTU created, TUH, banking from Teachers Mutual Bank and save money through the Union Shopper buying service.


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