More than 45,000 teachers in the Queensland Government’s primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, colleges and TAFEs choose to belong to the QTU (more than 90 per cent of all teachers, principals and administrators).
We are here to help you in times of difficulty, to negotiate better pay and conditions and to work on your behalf to promote the teaching profession.
Wages and conditions
The QTU campaigns for improved salaries and conditions, including class size targets, non-contact time, permanent employment, maternity leave, transfers, remote area incentives, superannuation, equal pay for women, and the end of annualisation in TAFE.
A professional voice
The QTU is your voice on issues such as curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, registration and professional standards. It represents you at the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) and the TAFE Consultative Committee.
Promoting public education
The QTU campaigns for needs-based funding for schools and TAFE, progressive, effective education policy and better facilities, and promotes your work.
Strength in numbers
A lone teacher has limited power. That power is multiplied exponentially as a Union member, joined with others, whether at a school, state or national level.
Members have access to legal advice and representation from lawyers specialising in education and employment law, and it’s free in cases arising from your work.
A democratic voice
The QTU’s success is built on the active involvement of members at all levels - school, branch or statewide. Its decision-making bodies are overwhelmingly composed of practising educators, and it is they who decide the Union’s direction.
When things go wrong, don’t face it alone. The QTU is constantly representing and supporting members who feel unjustly treated, or are subject to unfair complaints.
Information and advice
Get advice and information about your work, pay and conditions from the Queensland Teachers’ Assist Desk (QTAD) or from QTU Organisers. There’s also www.qtu.asn.au, the Queensland Teachers’ Journal and the QTU Library. The Queensland Teachers’ Education Centre (QTEC) provides industrial and professional development courses.
National and international
Membership is your link to the teaching profession across the nation through the Australian Education Union (AEU), and across the world through Education International, our global union.
QTU membership gives you access to Teachers’ Union Health and the Union Shopper buying service.