No. 19-18 19 October 2018 | DOWNLOAD PDF
To QTU Members
19 October 2018: Government announces new policies and procedures for schools
Occupational Violence Prevention Procedure published
Following 12 months of development and negotiations, led by the QTU in consultation with other unions, the Department of Education has announced the Occupational Violence Prevention Procedure.
The procedure communicates the Department of Education and the government’s zero-tolerance stance towards occupational violence in schools. The procedure is part of the WH&S division of DoE.
Violence toward teachers and other school-based employees is a criminal offence as teachers are included within the definition of frontline workers.
Another feature of the procedure is the identification of hazards/risks in the workplace in consultation with employees, including bullying, harassment, conflict and physically or verbally aggressive behaviour.
The QTU has had and will have no hesitation in issuing directives to members e.g. not to teach violent students. The Department’s clear policy will reduce the need.
The QTU is currently developing material to assist schools in the implementation of the procedure and has requested that the release of the procedure is accompanied by training.
EB9 claim development
Don’t forget to have your say in these final weeks of membership consultation regarding the EB9 claim.
Currently, branch and area meetings with a focus on EB9 claim development are being conducted across the state. The outcomes from branch meetings, including any additional resolutions and the claims as provided by committees, will be provided to Executive for consideration on Monday 29 October so that the draft claim can be provided to QTU State Council for consideration and endorsement on Saturday 2 November.
QTU member workload survey
The QTU member workload survey is currently being conducted by ACER.
The survey was sent to members on Tuesday 9 October. If you are a member and did not receive an email invitation from ACER, it may because we did not have your email address. If you did not receive a copy of the survey and are interested in completing it, please forward you name, membership number and email address to the QTU (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will forward it to ACER, which will send you an email with a unique link to the survey.
The survey will take between 15-20 minutes to complete.
It is vital that as many members as possible fully complete the survey so that the researchers have a more comprehensive picture of member workload and wellbeing.
Completing the survey could be the first action you take during the QTU’s WWAM (Workload, Wellbeing and Assertiveness Month).
A reminder email was sent to those members who had not yet completed or not fully completed the survey on Wednesday. While this email stated that the closing date for the survey is 4 November, the survey will actually close on 10 November.
Outcomes of cyberbullying taskforce released
On Monday 15 October, the Premier released the report of the Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce, Adjust our Settings: A community approach to address cyberbullying among children and young people in Queensland, and the government’s response to that report.
Links to the taskforce report and the government response can be found at
At the launch of the report yesterday, the government announced that it would be accepting the 29 recommendations and providing $3.5 million as an initial commitment to fund the implementation of the report.
A full analysis of the report and recommendations is currently being completed. In the meantime, the QTU has requested a meeting with the department to consider the report and the government’s response and to discuss its implementation.
The Taskforce has not dealt with the issues of bullying teachers or attacking school through social media. Ultimately, those issues were outside the terms of reference. The QTU is still pursuing these issues.
Get ready to celebrate World Teachers Day
World Teachers Day will be celebrated in Australia next Friday (26 October). Why not get involved and celebrate the work you do in transforming lives?
QTU members can demonstrate their pride in our profession by wearing one of the World Teachers Day ribbons, adding the World Teachers Day frame to your social media profile pic, or hosting an event in your school.
Together Queensland school based members industrial action
On Monday, Together Queensland advised the QTU that it was once again balloting members to reinstate the industrial action for school based staff. The resolutions to reinstate the workbans were carried, and as of today, therapists and scientific operations officers will reinstate their indefinite work bans on particular work. Their union is seeking pay parity for therapists and for SOOs to be placed in the technical officer stream.
Therapist work bans include a ban on:
· undertaking work related to quality assurance or verifications, specifically – SLI verification submissions and SLI quality assurance
· undertaking work related to the uploading of reports to OneSchool
· undertaking work related to the roll out of the new referral processes for occupational therapists and physiotherapists
It is likely that these bans will have an impact on referrals.
SOOs/laboratory technicians are banned from undertaking work of a technical nature. This will impact on the ability of SOOs to set up/prepare experiments, chemicals etc.
While this action may cause inconvenience for some members, the QTU stands in solidarity with the members of Together Union and supports them in their right to take industrial action to further their campaign.
Consequently, members should not take on any duties or responsibilities that are usually performed by Together members and are subject to the industrial action.
If you wish to send your colleagues in the Together Union messages of solidarity, this can be done at Schools@together.org.au
Diabetes Online Risk Assessment project
Diabetes is currently the biggest challenge confronting the Australian health system, increasing at the rate of one new diagnosis every 5 minutes. Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes, as well as an estimated 500,000 more who are currently undiagnosed.
The Diabetes Online Risk Assessment (DORA) project is currently being conducted by researchers at Central Queensland University, Rockhampton. This study aims to:
· raise awareness of an individual’s risk of Type 2 Diabetes,
· understand what types of health messages people like to receive
· understand how useful these messages are in prompting people to take follow-up actions.
This project is being promoted Australia-wide to encourage individuals in all metropolitan and regional areas to raise awareness of Type 2 Diabetes and to encourage follow-up action after an individual risk rating. The outcomes from this study may impact how health authorities provide health messages to individuals and groups in the future encouraging them to take positive action to improve health outcomes.
To be eligible, participants must be aged 35 years or over, have not been previously diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, and live in Australia.
Participants will be required to complete three online surveys over a period of approximately three to four months. Each survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. Participants will receive $40 shopping vouchers after completing all surveys.
For further information and registration click here: https://www.dora.org.au/eng/pages/homepage
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