Women's e-news - Term 2, 2019 | DOWNLOAD PDF
On behalf of the women of the QTU I wish to extend a big congratulations to our recently elected new Vice-President, Cresta Richardson.
Cresta commenced her position at the start of term 2 and is a primary teacher, although she has recently been working in secondary.
As well as being a member of QTU Executive, Cresta has also been a QTU Trustee, President of the Central Queensland Area Council, Council Rep for Central Highlands and a Lead Union Rep. She has also represented the QTU on the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s K-6 Curriculum committee, and in 2018 was a QTU nominated assessor in the pilot of highly accomplished and lead teacher. Cresta currently lives in Emerald and she and her family will be moving to Brisbane over the next few months.
QTU Women at March State Council
EB 9 gender employment equity
The rally held outside Parliament House and streamed state-wide in late March highlighted the importance of gender in this round of enterprise bargaining. It was fabulous to see QTU women speaking up and out about what the sought-after changes to part-time salary progression and superannuation means for them and their families. Be sure you are up to date with the latest in the campaign by visiting the QTU website.
DoE’s Pathways to Parity Workforce Strategy
The QTU was pleased to provide feedback to this important and much needed strategy to look at gender parity. The focus is on data, pay, unconscious bias and access to flexible work. We ALL know that the pathway to part-time is unnecessarily convolute for too many women. This is a positive move for the department, and frankly, a little overdue!
QELI has teamed up with NESLI to provide leadership programs for Queensland women. They can be accessed if you are remote or rural. More information can be found here on the QELI website:
On Line Harassment
So many women (and young people )are targeted on-line and receive abuse from “trolls". Especially those of us who are activists in the feminist or politically progressive spaces.
This resource was developed by the Victorian Government, and may be useful to promote in your branch or among your networks. It is available electronically here.
STEM power camps
STEM power camps have been held across a number of regions for year 10 girls. Camp activities are taking place at several Brisbane locations including the World Science Festival at Southbank, QUT, Griffith University, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art. For more information go to the Queensland Government website.
The recent furore in the election campaign about Bill Shorten’s mother’s pathway to her legal career led to a trending hash tag #mymum, with lots of people sharing stories about gender impacting on access to education and career opportunities. Social commentator Van Badham has written a great piece on how gender impacting on opportunities isn’t just a part of history. You can read it here.
Sexual harassment inquiry
While the official outcomes from the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces are yet to be released, the AEU survey has found alarming rates of harassment reported among Australia’s teachers. And, as too many of us are only too aware, gender harassment often comes from our students. Clementine Ford (author and social commentator) wrote an excellent piece on this very topic in The Saturday Paper. Ford will also be our guest speaker at the Women’s Luncheon at QTU Biennial Conference in July.
Girls’ programs in schools
Tonia Karpinskaia has been running a highly successful program for girls at Windaroo Valley SHS for several years, called Enable. Having published multiple magazines to promote positivity and girl power, the students celebrated IWD this year with the assistance of Peta-Anne McNaught, Enable Co-ordinator.
Last year, QTU Organiser Kelly Creedon and I were guests at a breakfast hosted by the Enable program and were excited to meet students from across all year levels who were confident and positive about school, and their opportunities.
Do you host a special program for girls at your school? Please tell us about it. Send information to email@example.com.
Tonia Karpinskaia with Enable students at the 2019 IWD breakfast.
Changes to QSuper Accumulation Income Protection Insurance
The QTU has been made aware recently that the QSuper Board has decided to change the Income Protection (IP) Insurance product for accumulation members. QSuper has decided to make the following changes effective from 1 July 2019 to avoid massive premium increases if the IP product had remained unchanged:
- A change in the default Income Protection waiting period to 90 (calendar) days or accrued sick leave whichever is greater; and
- Reduction in the default Income Protection Benefit Period from three to two years.
Please note these changes do not apply to income protection insurance for defined benefit members.
The QTU is recommending all QSuper accumulation account members review their insurance as a matter of priority with particular emphasis on:
- considering occupational rating as this will reduce premiums for most members; and
- checking their waiting period to ensure it suits their circumstances e.g. if a member has sick leave to cover 90 calendar days they may not need to change the default 90 calendar day period but for members who do not have enough sick leave to cover 90 calendar days they may wish to reduce their waiting period.
For more information on this significant change to QSuper income protection insurance, check the QSuper website (qsuper.qld.gov.au/about/disclosure#GuideContent14) and the QTU website (www.qtu.asn.au/qsuper-changes-may2019).
QTU Women's Officer
Authorised by Kate Ruttiman, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union
21 Graham Street, Milton, QLD, Australia, 4064