I want to thank the QTU members and community members who supported and participated in the three campaigns that the QTU supported in the recent federal election.
The 2019 federal election saw Australia deliver a government elected by the smallest of margins. The extreme political agendas of some of the minor parties again played a major role in significantly disrupting the two-party system.
Every two years, more than 250 QTU activists from across the state participate in the Union’s Biennial Conference.
Approximately 400 schools across Queensland this year participated in NAPLAN using the online test, with mixed success.
With conservative governments being swept to office around the globe, we should take stock of the implications this trend presents for education.
The QTU could consider withdrawing support for preservice teacher supervision if universities continue to refuse negotiations over an increase in the remuneration teachers receive for the task.
Upon receiving notification of election to the Vice-President position, I was asked about my current role. I answered – just a teacher. Thankfully I was corrected on this, as none of us in the profession are "just" teachers, HODs, HOCs, deputies, or principals.
The recently published salaries of grammar school principals demonstrate that when it comes to salaries, valuing the role of school leaders in the state sector lags behind the independent sector.
The Promotional Positions Classification Review is not just about principal salaries and their classification. The new structure will also establish a new benchmark for heads of program (HoCs, HODs, HOSES, GOs, etc) and deputy principals.
During EB campaigns, we hear a lot of statements like: “I’m not worried about salary, I’ll be happy if you do something about …”. Why does this become the refrain?
Pull-out TAFE EB10 poster
Pull-out EB9 poster
Whether it is access to promotional positions, part-time and workplace flexibility or leave impacting on superannuation, the reality is that there are systemic barriers within the department’s processes and bureaucracy that entrench gender employment inequity.
TAFE Council delegates have established a clear agenda for TAFE EB10, calling on the employer to improve pay, permanent employment, and programming to address workload and work intensification.
Three QTU members share their experiences at the 2019 AEU TAFE Council AGM in Melbourne.
At the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To foster positive relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth.
In early May, I had the privilege of attending QuEST’s BlackCard cultural capability training.
QuEST professional development has run several successful events since launching in February.
If social media is a ticking time bomb for teachers, Snapchat is a meteor hurtling towards Earth. It can destroy your world.