Temporary to permanent conversion – MOA finalised and invitations coming!
Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 125 No 5, 10 July 2020, page no.12
The updated Temporary to Permanent Conversion Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) has been finalised, reducing the eligibility period from three years down to two as secured in the 2019 certified agreement.
It has been almost a year since in-principle agreement was reached, which is unacceptable. It has impacted a significant number of members and prompted many to enquire whether they are in fact eligible.
However, the revised MOA is one that members can feel proud of.
What is the temporary to permanent conversion process?
Put simply, teachers who complete two years’ continuous employment and meet the eligibility criteria qualify for temporary to permanent conversion. The Department of Education (DoE) will email them an invitation to participate in the process.
Once an eligible teacher accepts the invitation, the department has to offer them ongoing and continuous employment until a permanent offer is made, a great benefit for temporary teachers.
What wins does the new MOA contain?
- The language has been strengthened throughout, to empower the position of members awaiting a permanent offer.
- The MOA states: “Once a teacher accepts the invitation to participate in the conversion process, ongoing temporary employment will be offered until a permanent offer is made. The parties agree that details of temporary employment for the following term should be communicated to a temporary teacher by the final week of the prior school term.” This strengthens the guarantee of ongoing temporary employment and ensures that details of future engagements will be communicated in a timely manner.
- Section 13.2 “Appointments and Transfer” has been reworked to better reflect and more clearly articulate the intent of the MOA.
- A clause has been included that allows for an extension of time for those applying for “exceptional hardship” circumstances. This allows for review on a case by case basis and ensures that the teacher will be offered ongoing temporary employment during the review. It also affirms that the review will be conducted by a joint QTU/DoE committee.
- The time teachers who decline an offer of permanency must wait before receiving another offer has been reduced to one year (down from two).
- It outlines that paid parental leave counts as service for a maximum of 14 weeks, and that once the employee recommences teaching with the department, they will recommence accrual of temporary service towards eligibility.
Who is eligible for temporary to permanent conversion?
You are eligible if you:
- have had two years continuous or accumulated employment as a teacher or instrumental music instructor
- have not had a break in service for a total of more than three months or 60 days during school terms.
If you have worked a combination of supply and contract work, your supply work will count as conversion-eligible employment if it is not more than 20 per cent of your total employment in a school year.
When are invitations into the process being sent?
We anticipate that teachers who met the eligibility criteria between 1 July 2019 and the end of Term 1 2020 will have been sent invitations in the first tranche. The second tranche will be sent to teachers who met the eligibility criteria by the end of Term 2 2020 in the coming weeks.
How do I know if I am eligible?
To check your eligibility with the department, email email@example.com
What if I think I am eligible but have not received an invitation?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and seek clarification. If you do not agree with their assessment, email email@example.com
What do I do when I receive my invitation?
It is vital that you accept (or decline) your invitation within the timeframe advised. If you do not respond, it will be deemed that you have declined to participate in the conversion process, and you will not be eligible again for a further one-year period.
At the time of accepting your offer, you must identify any personal circumstances that may affect your permanent appointment to anywhere in Queensland and submit written evidence to be reviewed in accordance with exceptional hardship circumstances as prescribed under the Teacher Transfer Guidelines.
QTU support for members
We are providing invitees with a range of guidance via email, in addition to providing a suite of resources, including “Temporary to permanent conversion unpacked – a QTU guide for teachers”.