Organiser: Elissa Ferguson
Administration Officer: Sharon Hansen
Office Hours: 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Address: 21 Graham St, Milton Q 4064 (map)
Postal address: PO Box 1750, Milton BC 4064
Address all enquiries to QTAD: 1300 117 823
Phone: (07) 3512 9000
Mobile: 0459 855 075
Fax: (07) 3512 9050
Term 4 Branch meeting dates
|Ipswich West||6 October||Walloon Saloon, 5 Queen Street, Walloon||3.45pm|
|Fassifern||12 October||Boonah State High School (Multi Media Centre) 32 Macquarie Street, Boonah||3.45pm|
|Ipswich Central and Ipswich East Combined||13 October||Prince Alfred Hotel, Plantation Area, 170 Brisbane Road, Ipswich||3.45pm|
|Browns Plains||19 October||Greenbank RSL , Gardens Alfresco Area, 54 Anzac Avenue, Hillcrest||3.45pm|
|Gugingin||20 October||Jimboomba State School, Staffroom, 97 Brisbane Street, Jimboomba||3.45pm|
|Springfield||27 October||Springlake Hotel, 1 Springfield Lakes Blvd, Springfield Lakes||3.45pm|
|Beaudesert - Branch meeting and Xmas Function||3 November||The Beaudesert Hotel, 80 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert||3.45pm|
|Combined Browns Plains and Gugingin Xmas Function||24 November 2022||Beach House Bar and Grill, 27-49 Browns Plains Road, Browns Plains||4.00pm-5.30pm|
|Combined Fassifern, Ipswich Central, Ipswich East, Ipswich West and Springfield Xmas Function||1 December 2022||Prince Alfred Hotel, Plantation Area, 170 Brisbane Road, Ipswich||4.00pm-5.30pm|
Term 4 Newsletter
I hope you managed to have a relaxing break starting what is always a busy and exciting Term Four.
If you are new to our area, I welcome you to the Metropolitan West Logan area of the QTU. We are an area of more than 100 schools and approximately 3,500 QTU members in Ipswich, western Logan and the Scenic Rim. If you see me on one of my workplace visits to your school, please don't hesitate to say hello
There are a few things you will hear about from the QTU over this term, including:
- finalisation of enterprise bargaining negotiations and certification of the agreement.
- monitoring and providing updates on the implementation of the new agreement, including back pay
- maintaining and growing our Union
- forthcoming training and information sessions provided by the QTU for QTU members
To ensure you are up to date, please keep an eye on your emails for regular communications from QTU General Secretary Kate Ruttiman, as well as the QTU Journal, the QTU web page, Facebook and Instagram.
If you need any personalised information, please contact our call centre assist desk, known as QTAD, on 1300 11 78 23 or firstname.lastname@example.org. QTAD provides information and advice to members from 8:30 to 5:00, Monday to Friday. Our experienced and knowledgeable QTAD staff are your go-to for quick advice.
Membership – fortnightly direct debit is here
The QTU has just added the fortnightly direct debit payment option to our Join Online form for new members, ready for the special offer which commenced last week.
If you would like to change your monthly direct debit payments to fortnightly (I know I will be), please call 3512 9000 and ask to speak with our Membership section.
Benefits of your membership – access to Union Shopper
Don’t forget to utilise the benefits of your membership, including Union Shopper, especially in the lead up to Christmas. You can save $$$$ on nine categories of purchase, including gift cards, wine, electrical, entertainment, finance, automotive and computers, with members enjoying unlimited use of these discounts and services. Visit the Union Shopper QTU member portal here.
2023 SFD – QTU PD sessions available
I will be running some short information sessions in schools across the student free days in 2023, subject to availability.
The following sessions are all one hour in duration:
- Consultation in the workplace (LCCs)
- Occupational violence – recognise, report, respond
- Working conditions for classroom teachers
- Working conditions for new educators.
If you would like me to deliver any of the above sessions at your school, you should first discuss the idea with your education leaders and Union Reps. Then send an email to email@example.com and we will work on getting you booked in.
SFD hours: planning for 2023 – information for LCCs to consider
First, some reminders:
- There are 25 mandatory staff professional development hours (i.e. five staff professional development days) per year.
- At least 15 hours may be worked on the three gazetted student free days.
- The remaining 10 hours will be worked as determined through consultation at the local level.
- NEW: Within the 25 mandatory staff professional development hours, three of the hours are to be used at the teacher’s discretion.
- The two January days are “fixed” and attendance is required, regardless of teaching fraction. Part-time teachers required at school on those days will be paid for additional hours if they are attending on a day that they do not usually work.
- Rostered duty time can exceed more than eight hours following consultation with the LCC for student free days only (January and September days).
- The September day is fixed, however may be converted to flexible through consultation at the local level.
- All permanent and contract teachers, regardless of fraction, are paid for the 25 PD hours, and therefore the hours must be accounted for each year.
What does “consultation at the local level” mean?
With the above in mind, it is the work of the LCC and its representatives to undertake local-level consultation and reach agreement with members on the implementation of the 25 mandatory staff professional development hours each year. SFD allocations should be included in the LCC minutes.
For clarity, here is an example of how it might look in the minutes:
|Dates||19 Jan (Thurs)||20 Jan (fri)||13 April (Fri)||14 April (Fri)||1 Sept (Fri)|
|Fixed or flexible
|Agreement on hours to move and retain||
To 18 Jan
2.5 hrs T1 W8 twilight
2.5 hrs T2 W8 twilight
2.5 hrs T3 W8 twilight
2.5 hrs T4 W8 twilight
Do what teachers and school leaders do… Join the QTU!
Ensuring teachers and school leaders are members of the QTU is important, because it is our strong membership density that enables us to do the work required to move the profession forward.
What can you do to grow the QTU?
Try having conversations about Union membership and speaking about your experiences, for example:
• “Did you see the QTU Journal article about vacation pay for contract teachers? It was really interesting.”
• “I called the QTU call centre (QTAD) to ask about leave entitlements. They really helped me to map out my plan for next year.”
• “I just got my new oven and saved $220 through Union Shopper. That will help in the lead up to Christmas.”
• “I learned so much about my parental leave entitlements, just by asking the QTU. They took the time to walk me through everything.”
Want to know more, here is an article from QTU General Secretary, Kate Ruttiman, titled The Value of the QTU.
If you are inviting someone to join our Union, thank you! To assist in the joining process, simply use the QR code in the picture below or go to https://www.qtu.asn.au/join
Take care, stay safe and have a great term!
MeetingsBranch Meetings Council and Conference dates
QuEST [Queensland Education Support and Training] is the professional development arm of the QTU.
QuEST’s goal is to deliver high quality professional development to teachers and school leaders across Queensland. Our new Professional Development Officer, Rebecca Hack, is working closely with QTU officers, members and external providers to identify a suite of professional development programs that meets the needs of our members right across this diverse state.
QuEST offers a range of programs, including face-to-face and live online programs. Programs will be open to all members. As a not-for-profit initiative, QuEST aims to keep professional development affordable and operates on a cost recovery basis.
These programs are recognised as legitimate professional development by the Department of Education and Queensland College of Teachers. As such, it is appropriate to apply for release and funding through your normal school professional development processes.
Industrial education and training programs
The Queensland Teachers' Education Centre (QTEC) is responsible for the coordination, planning and delivery of the Union's member education and training program.
The Union offers a range of training and professional development opportunities for all members of the Union in Brisbane and regional areas. Topics such as LCCs, knowing your working conditions and effective negotiations are included in a program of afternoon seminars which are advertised through workplace union reps and on this website.
QTEC also provides training to administrators, area council delegates, women activists, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members, TAFE and new educator members.
QTEC coordinates a professional development program for all members on behaviour management and other current educational issues in metropolitan and country areas. These sessions are held after school locally as well as full day courses. Paid leave to attend full day professional development courses is available, with the approval of the principal, in accordance with EQ’s professional development policy.
The Union's commitment to new teachers is a priority and is a strong focus of the training program throughout the year. These conferences and courses provide opportunities for new teachers to contribute to Union priorities and directions.
Request school visit by the Organiser
Branches in Metro West Logan
Branches : BEAUDESERT ; BROWNS PLAINS ; FASSIFERN ; GUGINGIN ; IPSWICH CENTRAL ; IPSWICH EAST ; IPSWICH WEST ; SPRINGFIELD