In this edition: EB | ESOR | Conversion timelines | PD opportunities
Term 3, 2019 | 22 July 2019
I hope that you enjoyed the winter vacation and term 3 has started well back at school.
As you’re no doubt aware, the QTU and Department of Education have been working towards a new certified agreement for many months now, a process known as enterprise bargaining. The Queensland Government has presented a formal offer which has been considered by Senior Officers, Executive and QTU Conference, deemed acceptable, and been accepted “in principle”. You are now being asked to vote on that offer in a QTU ballot, which is open until 2 August.
The offer was considered acceptable because it addresses the four key priorities of the QTU’s log of claims, as determined by members. These four key areas are:
- Classification review
- Gender employment equity
For further information on each of these key areas, please see www.qtu.asn.au/eb9offer
Of specific interest to temporary teachers is the change to the temporary to permanent conversion process. The change will reduce the required eligible service to two years of temporary engagements. Currently three years’ service in a Queensland state school is required. Thus, employment security will be enhanced, as permanent offers will be made more quickly. This benefits both the individual teachers and the system as a whole, given the predicted teacher shortage our system faces.
The offer contains a number of benefits for classroom teachers, including:
- a one-off payment of $1,250 following certification (pro-rata for part-time teachers)
- an additional half hour of non-contact time for primary and special school teachers from 2022
- additional non-contact time for beginning teachers
- an additional TRS day for senior secondary teachers to assist with the implementation of SATE in 2020
- one less student free day (or twilight equivalent) from 2020.
For more information on the benefits of the offer for classroom teachers, please see our FAQ document.
If the offer is accepted, the salary increases will commence from 1 July and so will be back-paid following certification.
If this offer is not accepted, because negotiations are exhausted we will likely move to conciliation and arbitration at the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC). This would see lengthy delays - an arbitrated decision would not be expected until the second half of 2020 - and there is no guarantee of a better outcome.
For this reason, the QTU is supporting the offer and recommends a “yes” vote.
For further information on the EB offer, please see the QTU website at www.qtu.asn.au/eb9offer
Voting in the ballot
Temporary teachers who are currently working should vote in the ballot at their workplace.
Casual/supply teacher members who do not have a consistent workplace have been sent an email with a single-use, personalised link to enable them to vote online.
Every vote counts, because part of the certification process requires both the QTU and the DoE to convince the QIRC that the offer is acceptable to the parties we represent. As a democratic union, we want your vote on whether to proceed with this offer or not. While the QTU recommends a yes vote, ours is a union by members, for members – so we genuinely ask for your vote and will proceed according to the majority of the membership’s wishes.
The ballot is open for three weeks, from Monday 15 July to Friday 2 August.
DoE’s “exit summary observation review” process is now compulsory statewide. Thus, all temporary teachers who are engaged for a term or longer are required to have a lesson observation and a short feedback report completed by a classified officer towards the end of their engagement.
DoE has developed a number of resources regarding the ESOR, available on the ESOR OnePortal page.
DoE will review the statewide rollout of this process later this year. If you have questions or feedback on the process, please email DoE at TUProjectsandStrategy@qed.qld.gov.au
The QTU is also collating feedback on the process, and we have been impressed with DoE’s responsiveness to the member feedback we have shared. Thus, you may like to copy us in to any ESOR feedback you provide to DoE via firstname.lastname@example.org
The following timelines have been provided by DoE for teachers who will become eligible to participate in the temporary to permanent conversion process this term (i.e. who have completed three years’ service without a break of 60 school days or more).
|Term||Invitations sent||Response to invitation and compassionate evidence due|
|3||29 July 2019||16 August 2019|
|4||21 October 2019||8 November 2019|
If you are participating in the process and have compassionate circumstances you wish to have considered, please ensure you follow the advice set out in the Teacher Transfer Guidelines.
QuEST, the QTU’s professional development service, is offering a number of PD opportunities to members on a cost recovery basis. If you would like to check on courses and dates, please visit: www.qtu.asn.au/quest
No longer teaching? Please let us know!
If you are no longer teaching in Queensland state schools, or for some reason you need to cancel your membership, you must do so in writing to the General Secretary via email@example.com
It is important to note that non-payment of your Union dues does not cancel your membership.
Thank you for your membership – we are stronger together.
Wishing you a happy and productive term 3.
QTU Officer supporting temporary and supply teachers
Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union
21 Graham Street,Milton, QLD, Australia, 4060