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Queensland Teachers' Journal September 2016

Editorial: Implementing the EB agreement

There are two major projects in the agreement: the creation and implementation of HAT and LT, and the review of the promotional classification structure. Both are complex, and neither can or should be taken for granted.

Barrett Centre inquiry complete

The Barrett Commission of Inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre by the Newman government has now been completed, and the Palaszczuk government has considered the report and recommendations.

IPS EOI timelines released for 2017

The closing date to apply to become an Independent Public School in 2017 is Friday 11 November.

From the President: Accentuate the positives

In the wake of the improved enterprise bargaining offer and ballots, we should not lose sight of the array of positive initiatives for schools, teachers and principals delivered by the Palaszczuk government in its first 18 months in office.

Core curriculum identified and C2C units consolidated to reduce teacher workload

Consolidation of C2C units has already commenced in English and mathematics.

From the VP: Teachers' role vital in building a brighter future

An amazing array of learning goes on in schools every day.

New resources aim to help meet the needs of students, teachers and parents

The Autism Hub and Reading Centre initiatives were announced in October 2015 as part of the Queensland Government’s “Advancing education: an action plan for education in Queensland”, to support the needs of students, teachers and parents through a statewide, cross-sector advisory model.

Take pride in putting Gonski at the heart of the election

The Gonski campaign in Queensland, from June 2015 through to the federal election on July 2, built upon many years of campaigning for fairer school funding.

QTU Call Stars Award

The QTU Call Star Award for the 2016 federal election, presented to honour those who took part in the member-to-member outbound calling campaign, has gone to Roger Kitchell,

2016 teacher transfer process

2016 teacher transfers are due to be released on 15 September.

Highly accomplished and lead teachers: getting ready for 2017 pilot

Earlier this month, a statewide call for applications as assessors for the 2017 pilot of a certification process for highly accomplished teachers (HAT) and lead teachers (LT) resulted in over 160 applications.

Campaign for Samuel

Last year, the lives of QTU members Jane and Craig Thornewere turned upside down when a rare condition struck down their young son, leaving him confined to a hospital bed.

Aurukun update: Campus reopens

The Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy Aurukun Campus once again opened for school at the beginning of term three following a prolonged closure over safety concerns for staff.

TAFE EB underway

Negotiations have commenced for a replacement TAFE enterprise agreement following the successful completion of the modern TAFE award.

Got me those post-election TAFE blues…

The final election result leaves TAFE in a no more harmonious position than before.

EB8: A good deal - for now and the future

Now endorsed by the QTU Executive, State Council and Senior Officers, the offer represents a very good, hard-fought bargain that stands us in good stead.

QTU wins NAIDOC Award

The QTU has won the QCU's NAIDOC Award in recognition of its work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.


NAIDOC Week, which celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, this year took the theme of Songlines: The living narrative of our nation.

Remembering Wave Hill

The recent Indigenous Leadership Conference and ACTU Executive National Conference, held in Darwin from 15 to 17 August, centred on the 50-year anniversary of the Gurindji Strike and historic Wave Hill Walk Off.

New Educator Network 2016

Each year, the QTU hosts a number of beginning teachers who have demonstrated an interest and engagement with Union activities and welcomes them into the New Educator Network (NEN).


Maternity leave / overpayment

Legal: Queensland workers’ compensation update

A brief update on the proposed introduction of the National Injury Insurance Scheme (the NIIS) in Queensland - QTJ Vol 121 No 6, 2 September 2016, p.25