Myth : Teachers can be transferred anywhere in Queensland, and there’s nothing they can do about it.
Fact : The Public Service Act 2008 does give the Director-General the power to transfer a teacher from one location to another, but these decisions can be appealed “on reasonable grounds”. There is no clear definition of reasonable grounds given in the act or other documents; experience shows that teachers are more likely to appeal successfully if they can demonstrate that the transfer would cause “exceptional hardship”. This may be a very serious medical conditions suffered by the teacher or a member of his or her family that cannot be managed in the new location, or significant impacts on child custody and access arrangements.
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[Information updated July 2017]
QTU stands in solidarity
The Queensland Teachers’ Union wishes to express its shock at the killing of 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and stands in solidarity with the many brave teachers who risked their own lives to protect the students in their care.
These horrific events reveal the deep commitment and bravery of members of our profession under the most extreme of circumstances, and we are proud to stand with them at this terrible time.QTU, 16 Feb 2018
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