7 June 2021 | DOWNLOAD PDF
TO: TAFE MEMBERS,
Professional development and continuing currency points
Our QTU TAFE Council and QTU TAFE Executive delegates have raised concerns regarding access to professional development, as well as TAFE Queensland’s continuing currency points (CCP) system, which is being trialled in some regions.
At its meeting on 29 May, TAFE Council delegates endorsed a survey of members.
Look out for the survey, which will be available online and sent as an email to QTU TAFE Division members in the coming days.
Adult Migrant English Program reforms and discussion
The Australian Government, through the Department of Home Affairs, has prepared a Reform of the Adult Migrant English Program discussion paper and is calling for submissions from stakeholders.
Throughout the state, the QTU’s TAFE Division has nearly 100 members delivering AMEP, SEE, and ELICOS programs. At its recent meeting, QTU TAFE Council delegates called on officers of the QTU to prepare a Queensland submission in response to the discussion paper.
The QTU will be hosting a Zoom meeting to discuss members’ views in response to the 27 questions posed by the paper. QTU members delivering AMEP, SEE, and ELICOS programs will have received an invitation to join the online meeting. If you missed the email but would like to take part, please email the QTU at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The discussion paper can be downloaded from the Department of Home Affairs website.
The QTU, which represents educators employed by Central Queensland University (CQU) to deliver vocational education and training programs, is currently bargaining with CQU and other unions for a replacement enterprise agreement.
The QTU has shared its log of claims with CQU and the other parties to enable bargaining in good faith to begin. The QTU’s log of claims was developed in consultation with members and falls into three broad categories:
The QTU negotiating team includes Brendan Crotty, QTU Deputy General Secretary, and David Terauds, QTU TAFE Organiser. Members covered by the CQU Enterprise Agreement can follow progress of negotiations via the QTU website and direct member emails.
Educators who are not yet members of the QTU can join online at www.qtu.asn.au/join.
Rebuild with TAFE
The QTU and our federal body, the Australian Education Union (AEU), are calling on state and federal governments across the country to make TAFE their first priority as Australia looks to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic and tackle the country’s skills crisis.
Our Rebuild with TAFE campaign calls on governments to properly fund TAFE and maximise the system’s potential to assist with economic rebuilding, including the re-skilling and upskilling of workers, addressing the apprentice shortage, reducing youth unemployment, and providing career pathways for all Australians.
We know that Australian voters want this as well. A Fifty Acres-Pollinate Survey among a nationally representative sample of 1,001 Australians aged 18+ found that almost all felt that it’s important for federal funding for TAFE to be increased in order to help recovery from the recession.
How important is it that the federal government increase funding to TAFE for the post-recession rebuild and recovery? (%)
You can get involved with our campaign by using #RebuildWithTAFE on your favourite social media platform or find out more at the RebuildWithTAFE website.
QTU Biennial Conference
The QTU’s Biennial Conference establishes the Union’s strategic priorities for the next two years and endorses QTU policies, notably QTU Policy K: TAFE.
The growth in membership of our TAFE Division means that there will be eight delegates elected to represent the interests of TAFE and CQU members. We take this opportunity to thank our delegates for nominating and congratulate them on their appointment.
QTU Conference will convene in Brisbane between 28 and 30 June. Conference outcomes will be reported in TAFE Newsflashes, the QTU Journal, and the QTU website.
Authorised by Kate Ruttiman, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union
21 Graham Street, Milton, QLD, Australia, 4064