At the start of each year, Term 3 seems so far away that by the time we get here we start to wonder where the year has gone?
Jacqueline King and Kate Ruttiman have been elected as the new leadership team of the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU).
The Queensland Teachers’ Union has been declared joint winner of this year’s Queensland Council of Unions NAIDOC Award.
The QTU met with the Department of Education on 20 July to review the progress of implementation of items in the Teachers’ Certified Agreement 2022.
Education Minister Grace Grace has announced mobile phones and certain wearable electronic devices like smartwatches will be banned at all Queensland state schools during school hours – including break times – from Term 1, 2024.
As members of the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU), we must recognise the vital role school leaders play, acknowledge the impact on their wellbeing, and unite to create a stronger educational ecosystem.
A panel of education experts has proposed a range of recommendations designed to strengthen initial teacher education (ITE) and support beginning teachers as they enter the profession.
On Wednesday 2 August, the QTU President Cresta Richardson and Deputy General Secretary Brendan Crotty joined a delegation of Queensland state school principals and teachers at the launch of “For Every Child – Fully Fund State Schools”.
Negotiations for a replacement agreement at Central Queensland University restarted in early July.
The decision to take protected industrial action is never taken lightly. However, the TAFE Division made this hard call to support our negotiations for a replacement agreement.
The Department of Education (DoE) is required to maximise permanent employment under the Public Sector Act (2022) (PSA). This is also prudent given the teacher shortage our system is facing.
Student, parent and community behaviours are often the source of the greatest hazards for QTU members. Consequently, the QTU has been working with members and lobbying the government and Department of Education (DoE) over the past two years to address escalating behaviours.
Changes to the federal government's Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debtor guidelines will enable many more members to reduce their debt, resulting in savings of tens of thousands of dollars.
The Department of Education is introducing changes to facility asbestos management and work area access permit requirements.
Micheal Beale, the QTU’s Project Officer – Voice Campaign, explains why he'll be voting yes in the forthcoming referendum.
Come Together for YES, a co-ordinated national day of action designed to encourage community members from across Australia to come together and show solidarity for the Yes campaign and the Voice to Parliament, took place on 2 July to coincide with the commencement of 2023 NAIDOC Week.
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Looking around the room at State Conference 2023 – Our Meeting Place, I could not have been prouder to include myself in the large number of music activists in attendance.
The release of the Public Sector Act 2022 and the Recruitment and Selection Directive (07/23) have resulted in a number of significant changes to promotional position recruitment processes.
In certain circumstances, the Department of Education (DoE) can provide furniture kits for teacher housing tenants working in rural and remote areas.
The legal issues surrounding the use of artificial intelligence in schools are nearly as abundant as the potential uses of the technology itself. But one thing is certain, AI is coming to a school near you soon.
Union women have secured a key win for Queensland public sector workers with enhanced sexual harassment protections introduced under a new directive.
NAIDOC week was held between 2 and 9 July. Many communities around Queensland have held local celebrations, with a range of activities to bring community members, First Nations, and non-Indigenous people together, including flag raising ceremonies, community marches and “Deadly Day Outs”.
The Anna Stewart Memorial Project (ASMP) is a work experience program run by the Queensland Council of Unions that aims to increase the involvement of women in the union movement through training and hands-on work experience in a union.
Each year, the QTU encourages its members to engage their students with the QTU Peace and Equity Awards, and each year we see entries flow in from across the state.
A teacher’s successful appeal to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission has resulted in a vital win for all QTU members and also delivered a timely refresher course on the presumption of innocence to the department.
Should teachers be expected to follow up student absences?
One consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic is that many of us have learned to live a quiet life over the past few years, not venturing out too far as the infections have not been totally controlled.