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Transfer appeals

[page updated 5 October 2021]

Each year there are QTU members who either receive a required transfer that they do not want to accept or who have requested a transfer but have not received a transfer to a requested geographic area and/or region. For both categories of members there are appeal processes and relevant teacher transfer appeal information is provided here on the QTU website and on the DoE intranet site.

For a teacher to be successful in appealing a required transfer whether it be an inter-regional transfer or an intra-regional transfer, they must provide evidence (documentary wherever possible) that the transfer is unreasonable.

Transfer appeal process

Stage 1

Teachers should discuss their concerns about a transfer or non-transfer with their principal and this stage of the process can now include a teleconference with a regional officer and the teacher is able to have a union representative or other support person with them during the teleconference. The teacher will receive an email confirming the outcome of this stage of the process.

Stage 2

Teachers can lodge an appeal with regional office if stage 1 is unsuccessful in resolving the matter. The department provides forms for this appeal stage. For appeals against a transfer teachers should use the Teacher Transfer Request for Review – Required Transfer form. For appeals against non-transfer, teachers should use the Teacher Transfer Request for Review – Requested Transfer (request not granted) form. Appeals should be lodged within 7 calendar days of the receipt of the stage one outcome email.

Stage 3

There is an external review/appeal stage where stages 1 and 2 do not resolve the appeal. If the appeal is not resolved at stage 2 teachers may wish to lodge a stage 3 appeal (external review). The stage 3 appeal is to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) and is heard by an ‘Appeals Officer’ who is a QIRC Commissioner. An “Appeal Notice” (appeal application form) can be found on the QIRC website along with other appeal information. This appeal must be lodged within 21 days of receiving the written outcome of the stage 2 appeal. Before lodging the stage 3 appeal, the Union advises members to read the Appeals Guide on the QIRC website.

A word of caution

All appeals to the Public Service Commission are now heard in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission “on the papers” other than where the Commissioner accedes to a request for a hearing.

In practical effect this means that there is little or no opportunity for you to put your case in a face-to-face hearing. Consequently, it is extremely important that all relevant information is included in your submission in the first instance as new information will not be considered.

Grounds for appeal

To win an appeal against transfer you must establish grounds and provide evidence as to why the transfer is not reasonable. There is no limitation on what constitutes grounds or evidence that a transfer is unreasonable. You can nominate any grounds which you believe are relevant however your chances of success are likely to be higher if you can demonstrate that the transfer is likely to cause you some significant detriment or “exceptional hardship” as per the department’s guidelines.

If you are appealing against non-transfer you generally must establish “exceptional hardship” grounds. Whilst there are appeals against non-transfer that have been successful on other grounds, these have been very few in number.

If you do want to appeal a transfer decision, your objection should be based on the information already submitted or provided to the department during the annual transfer process and should include supporting documentation such as:

  • Medical specialist letters/reports regarding a medical condition
  • Legal documents regarding family law matters (such as joint access arrangements)
  • Evidence of the relationship i.e. statutory declaration with documentation attesting to shared domicile i.e. lease/mortgage documents/billing notices in both names etc.
  • Statutory declarations from a spouse or partner or their employer if their employment is a ground
  • Any other relevant documentation that supports the application

If you are relying on specialist medical evidence you will need to have this material submitted with your notice of appeal so it is important if you have a medical condition to keep these reports up to date. If you do not have the required specialist medical evidence at the time of lodging the appeal, you need to flag that you are in the process of obtaining it and if possible you should provide the specialist medical advice that you do have even if it is not current, while awaiting the updated reports.

(NB – There is no guarantee that late medical evidence will be considered in the appeal process).

Local transfers

For teachers transferred within the 50 minute travel time set out in the teacher transfer guidelines, there are generally very limited grounds upon which to appeal given that most of these transfers will be considered reasonable as no change in residence is required.

2021 Teacher Transfer Appeal Timelines

Event Time Period 2021 Date
Transfers released   16/09/21
Local level (school) review process finalised Within 28 calendar days from official notification of transfer 14/10/21
Lodgement of request for internal review to Teacher Transfer Review Panel Within 7 calendar days from local level review being finalised 21/10/21
Notification of outcomes from Teacher Transfer Review Panel Within 14 calendar days from internal review being finalised 4/11/21
Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) notice of appeals due Within 21 calendar days from receipt of the outcome of the Teacher Transfer Review Panel 25/11/21

NOTE: Do not rely solely on the specific dates listed in the table above as you may receive your transfer later than 16/09/21 or you may receive an appeal outcome earlier or later than the date stated. Please check that any appeals or reviews are lodged within the time periods specified in the second column in the above table.

Contact list for transfer issues - DoE and QTU

Region

DoE regional person who will be first point of contact for transfer issues

QTU person who will be first point of contact for transfer issues

Central Office

Carina Goves
07 3055 2904

Jeff Backen
Services - Welfare

07 3551 1936 
services@qtu.asn.au
(Tues/Wed) (policy issues and/or advice to QTU officers about certain cases)

Central Queensland

Dysart, Emerald, Capella, Clermont, Middle Mount and Western schools outside Longreach
Phillip Duncan
07 4842 8328

Rockhampton, Capricorn Coast, Baralaba and Woorabinda
Veronica Coggan
07 4932 4033

Mackay and Moranbah
John Attard
07 4842 8387

Gladstone, Biloela, Moura, Theodore, North Burnett schools, Longreach, Blackall, Barcaldine and Winton
Jade McAuliffe
07 4932 4028

Dan Coxen
Organiser – Central Qld

Blackwater, Callide & Dawson Valleys, Calliungal, Central Highlands, Central Western, Curtis Coast, Fitzroy, Keppel, North Burnett, Peak Downs, Port Curtis, Thozet
07 4920 4200
rockhampton@qtu.asn.au

Darling Downs South West

Weldon Jones
07 4616 3739

Suzie King
07 4616 3737

Genevieve Pearson
A/Organiser South Queensland

Balonne, Border, Dalby, Darling Downs Central, Darling Downs North, Darling Downs South, Lockyer, South Western Queensland, Stanthorpe, Warrego, Warwick, Western Downs
07 4614 4600
toowoomba@qtu.asn.au

Far North Queensland

Cathy Hay
07 4037 3802

Sammy Blocksidge 
Organiser - Peninsula & Nth West
 
Barron, Cairns, Cape and Gulf, Cassowary Coast, Mulgrave, Northern Tablelands, Torres Strait
07 4046 7500
cairns@qtu.asn.au

Metropolitan

Robyn Johansson
07 3436 6258

Brisbane West – Primary
Mandy Lappe
07 3436 6256

Brisbane West - Secondary
Libby Hall
07 3028 8158

Brisbane North - Primary
Rebecca Ward
07 3634 0501

Brisbane North – Secondary 
Jacklyn van Niekerk
07 3028 8187

Brisbane Central
Cheryl Wruck
07 3028 8148

Gillian Armit
Organiser – Metro Central

Brisbane Central, Centenary, Ferny Grove, Mt Coot-tha, Sherwood, South Brisbane, The Gap, Wooloowin
07 3512 9000 
organisers@qtu.asn.au

Lee Merrett
A/Organiser - Metro North

Chermside, Deception Bay, Geebung, Narangba Valley, North East Brisbane, Pine Rivers North, Pine Rivers South, Redcliffe
07 3512 9000organisers@qtu.asn.au

Elissa Ferguson
Organiser - Metro West

Beaudesert, Browns Plains, Fassifern, Gugingin. Ipswich Central, Ipswich East, Ipswich West, Springfield
07 3512 9000organisers@qtu.asn.au

Kelly Creedon
Organiser - Logan Redlands

Beenleigh, Capalaba, Cleveland, Gold Coast Corridor, Logan West, Redlands, Springwood East, Woodridge
07 3380 5000
springwood@qtu.asn.au

Cassandra Munro
A/Organiser – Metro South Logan

Camp Hill, East Brisbane, Inala District, Macgregor Roachdale, Mt Gravatt, Runcorn, Sunnybank, Wynnum
07 3380 5000 
springwood@qtu.asn.au

North Coast

Sunshine Coast -Secondary/Primary/Special : 
Dru Powell 
07 5352 9220   

Sunshine Coast -Secondary/Primary/Special plus
Moreton Bay – Bribie Cluster and Caboolture/Tallowong cluster:

Diane Seba
07 5352 9237

Primary/Secondary/SEPs/Special – Bundaberg:
Julie Vaughan
07 4122 0807

Primary/Secondary/SEPs/Special – Maryborough/Hervey Bay and Isis/ Childers
Teresa Stallard
07 4122 0808

Primary – Moreton Bay
Gerry Collins
07 3203 9036    

Gympie plus Chancellor SC, Meridan SC, Kawana Waters SC, Currimundi Special and Buddina SS
Paul Goulevitch
07 5352 9232

Meegan Jackson
Organiser – Sunshine Coast

Caboolture, Caloundra, Coolum, Kawana, Maleny, Maroochydore, Morayfield, Nambour
07 5413 1700
sunshinecoast@qtu.asn.au

Scott Welch
Organiser – Wide Bay

Bundaberg North, Bundaberg South, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Noosa District, South Burnett
07 4120 0300
maryborough@qtu.asn.au

For Moreton Bay, please contact:organisers@qtu.asn.au
Lee Merrett
A/Organiser - Metro North

07 3512 9000 
organisers@qtu.asn.au

North Queensland

Sarah Brebner
07 4758 3317

Chris Munro
A/Organiser – Nth Qld

Hinchinbrook, Leichhardt, Lower Burdekin, Mackay, Mackay North, North Kennedy, Ross, Thuringowa, Townsville, Whitsunday
07 4722 6400
townsville@qtu.asn.au

South East

Alissa Quinn
07 5656 6767

Jodie McFadden
Organiser – Gold Coast

Benowa, Gold Coast East, Gold Coast South, Merrimac, Nerang, Southport, Upper Gold Coast
07 5562 6800
goldcoast@qtu.asn.au

Kelly Creedon
Organiser – Logan Redlands

Beenleigh, Capalaba, Cleveland, Gold Coast Corridor, Logan West, Redlands, Springwood East, Woodridge
07 3380 5000
springwood@qtu.asn.au

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