Developments over the Christmas holidays have added to what was already set to be a action-packed year.
The Turnbull government has foreshadowed changes to federal government support of paid parental leave (PPL) which will cut entitlements aimed at supporting babies and their families.
Labour Day in Queensland is 125 years old in 2016. But how did it start?
The QTU has commenced negotiations with the Department of Education and Training to meet the state government’s election commitment to introducing the new classification levels of highly accomplished teacher (HAT) and lead teacher (LT) by 2019.
Margaret Malezer has been elected to Executive, the first person to fill a newly created identified position for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander member.
The federal government’s attack on paid parental leave is likely to have a devastating impact on Queensland parents, and no one knows that better than those who have benefitted from the existing arrangements. (5 Feb 2016)
The 2016 round of Independent Public Schools (IPS) has been announced following a comprehensive selection process based on a new methodology.
Teachers at Yeronga State High School have made QTU historyby becoming the first members to take industrial action over a human rights issue.
The only certainties in life are death and taxes. While that is hard to argue with, there is, however, another certainty in life: that, come the end of January each year, students will pour through the gates of Queensland state schools.
The QTU has welcomed a Palaszczuk government proposal to establish an autism hub as a part of its commitment to strengthen learner-centred approaches.
The QTU gave in-principle support to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), but this was qualified by concerns over the impact on schools.
In the final school days of 2015, Education Minister Kate Jones made a welcome announcement confirming that she had requested work to commence on identifying the “core” of the Australian Curriculum.
The QTU has welcomed plans to make a full-time prep year compulsory from 2017.
Our strength in the workplace relies on membership growth and members taking on the important role of Workplace QTU Representative.
Following member input at the end of last year, the QTU has drafted a proposed claim for membership consideration.
The award modernisation process in the schools sector is almost complete.
The first step towards easing your workload burden is getting to know exactly what your obligations are. Here are some of the fundamental conditions most frequently raised by members when approaching the Union.
While the Whole School Support – Student Learning Resource (WSS-SLR), commonly referred to as the “Whistler” staffing allocation, fas benefits, there are issues.
2015 was a big year for Gonski campaigners, but 2016 will prove to be even bigger as support continues to grow in numbers and we seek commitments in the lead-up to a federal election.
Across the state, each region has a local QTU Area Council providing a forum for branches and activists to raise matters of importance with the State Council and Executive of the Union.
The Queensland Government is seeking to permanently establish a training ombudsman to provide Queensland VET consumers with a sector-specific independent complaints mechanism.
2015 was a big year for TAFE, with a new state government going some way to relieving the pressure on the public VET provider. However, challenges remain.
Queensland state schools committed to remaining “free from homophobic and transphobic bullying", and "safe and inclusive for the whole school community” can access the support of the Safe Schools Coalition.
Marriage leave / flexible student free days / recency of practice
The 2015 National New Educators Conference provided an opportunity for early career educators from across the country to discuss how best to engage and support early-career teachers in both their professional and union activities.
Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 121 No 1, 5 February 2016, p.28