The annual classification review and how it works

What is the Evaluation Review Committee (ERC)?

The teachers’ certified agreement contains an industrial commitment to jointly undertake statewide reviews to evaluate the work value of selected principal and HOSES positions in Queensland state schools. This process, the annual classification review, is a yearly process for the overall maintenance of the current classification system, underpinning the integrity of all promotional positions.

Job evaluation is a systematic, criteria-driven process used to determine the work value of positions. It is conducted by the Evaluation Review Committee and remains the only legitimate avenue for the department to amend these classifications.

The ERC is comprised of nominees from the Department of Education & Training, the Queensland Teachers’ Union and other invited sector specific principal associations members.

The Job Evaluation Management System (JEMS) methodology breaks down the roles and responsibilities of positions into their component parts by comparing, contrasting and then measuring their work value by referring to job evaluation factors and work-value points tables.  The job evaluation process may lead to broad banding, position re-evaluation or review of evaluation arrangements for position incumbents.

Broad banding

Broad banding involves the grouping of adjacent bands so that someone appointed on merit or through relocation to a school of a particular band may progress to the higher band if that school has been re-evaluated to the next band.  Principals or HOSES are eligible for only one such progression without a merit selection process appointment to a higher banding.

Position re-evaluation

If your position is assigned a lower salary band as a result of a review of evaluation (down-banding), you are required to submit an application for relocation or elect to continue as a principal, deputy principal or HOSES at the lower band and consequently, salary level.

If a position is assigned to a higher salary band and requires merit selection, the position shall be filled by merit selection or relocation so that the successful applicant can take up duty at the start of the next school year.

Review of evaluation

The bandings of vacant positions are reviewed before it is decided whether they should be advertised for merit selection or made available for relocation. Otherwise the evaluation occurs when significant changes have been made to the role.  Evaluation of a principal or HOSES position can be requested by the incumbent in term one each year.

Changes to broad banding provision, Band 10 to 11

In the current certified agreement, the broad banding provisions for principals were extended to cover those schools reclassified from Band 10 to Band 11.
This change, which the QTU negotiated with the department in term two of last year, has occurred because the principal career path has expanded to include executive principalship.

Nomination for review

All principals and HOSES can nominate their position for classification review. Nominations occur once yearly, usually in early term one (by the end of February). Those intending to nominate should contact the ERC Executive Officer, Richard Meikle on (07) 3224 4204 to discuss the likelihood of classification amendment under current enrolment norms/benchmarks and the varying levels of defined complexity for all sectors.

Other review timeframes

From March to June, the ERC executive officer contacts approved incumbents and undertakes evaluative interviews, at the same time consulting on any other relevant HR issues.

As part of the process, incumbents are required to complete and forward a JEMS-based evaluative questionnaire.

The ERC usually meets and moderates all draft recommendations by late July. The ERC-approved recommendations are then forwarded to regions for comment and consultation. The Assistant Director-General, Human Resources then considers these recommendations for approval, and incumbents are informed of the outcome by late August.

Paige Bousen
Assistant Secretary

Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 117 No 1, 17 February 2012, p27