Transfer appeals

[page updated 2 November 2020]

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.

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 you 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 [NOT YET AVAILABLE]

Contact list for transfer issues - DoE and QTU


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
3055 2904

Jeff Backen
3551 1936
(Policy issues and/or advice to QTU officers about certain cases)

Central Queensland

Dysart, Emerald, Capella,
Clermont, Middle Mount and
Western schools outside

Phillip Duncan
4842 8328

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

Mackay and Moranbah
John Attard
4842 8387

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

Rockhampton, Gladstone, Central West/Longreach, Moranbah, Dysart, Callide/Dawson Valleys, Blackwater, Central Highlands, Peak Downs and Birdsville
Dan Coxen
4920 4200

Sarina, Mackay, Whitsundays, Ayr, Ingham, Townsville, Charters Towers and Hughenden
Paul Waters
4722 6400

Darling Downs South West

Weldon Jones
4616 3739

Suzie King
4616 3737

South West Queensland:
Zeb Sugden
4614 4600

South Burnett:
Scott Welch
4120 0300

Far North Queensland

Cathy Hay
4037 3802

Maureen Duffy
4046 7500


Robyn Johansson
3436 6258

Brisbane West – Primary
Mandy Lappe
3436 6256

Brisbane West - Secondary
Libby Hall
3028 8158

Brisbane North - Primary
Rebecca Ward
3634 0501

Brisbane North – Secondary 
Jacklyn van Niekerk
07 3028 8187

Brisbane Central
Cheryl Wruck
07 3028 8148

Brisbane Central, Centenary, Ferny Grove, Mt Coot-tha, Sherwood, South Brisbane, The Gap and Wooloowin
Gillian Armit
3512 9000 

Camp Hill, East Brisbane, Inala District, Macgregor Rochedale, Mt Gravatt, Runcorn, Sunnybank and Wynnum
Ben Vercoe
3380 5000 

Ipswich, Boonah, Springfield
Elissa Ferguson
3512 9000

Chermside, Aspley, North East Brisbane
Lin Esders
3512 9000  

North Coast

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

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

Diane Seba
5352 9237

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

Primary/Secondary/SEPs/Special –
Maryborough/Hervey Bay and Isis/ Childers

Teresa Stallard
4122 0808

Primary – Moreton Bay
Gerry Collins
3203 9036    

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

Caboolture, Caloundra, Coolum, Kawana, Maleny, Maroochydore, Morayfield, Nambour:
Meegan Jackson
5413 1700

Pine Rivers, Redcliffe, Deception Bay, Narangba, Burpengary, North Lakes:
Lin Esders
3512 9000

Bundaberg, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Noosa, South Burnett:
Scott Welch
4120 0300

North Queensland

Sarah Brebner
4758 3317

Mt Isa, Gulf and North West Queensland:
Maureen Duffy 
4046 7500

Townsville, Charters Towers, Hughenden:
Paul Waters
4722 6400

South East

Mel Hall
07 5617 6223

Rebecca O’Sullivan
07 5656 6646

Gold Coast:
Jodie McFadden
5562 6800

Beenleigh, Redland Bay, Upper Gold Coast and Logan:
Kelly Creedon
3380 5000

Elissa Ferguson
3512 9000

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