Organiser: Sammy Blocksidge
Administration officer: Julie Finitsis
Office hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday
Address: 255 Mulgrave Road, Westcourt Cairns Q 4870
Postal: PO Box 275, Westcourt Qld 4870
Phone: (07) 4046 7500
Mobile :0407 183 113
Facilities: The Cairns office has a small conference room seating a maximum of 20 people. Please contact the Cairns office for more information.
Branches : BARRON ; CAIRNS ; CAPE & GULF ; CASSOWARY COAST ; MULGRAVE ; NORTHERN TABLELANDS ; TORRES STRAIT
MeetingsBranch Meetings Area Council 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.