THE PROFESSIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL VOICE OF QUEENSLAND’S TEACHERS AND SCHOOL LEADERS IN STATE SCHOOLS AND TAFE FOR MORE THAN 130 YEARS.

Consultation and the certified agreement - 3 November 2021

Under the certified agreement, teachers must be consulted on issues around around flexible student free days (SFDs), staffing proposals, bus and playground duty rosters, meal break variations; extensions to school hours and other areas covered by joint statements.

These consultations must more than a mere exchange of information - teachers need to be genuinely involved in the decision making process.

The local consultative committee (LCC) is the key mechanism for these discussions.

Some additional things to note:

  • The LCC should be involved in consultation about the purpose, frequency and duration of staff meetings.
  • Staffing flexibility/workplace reforms need to be submitted to DoE and the Education Consultative Committee (ECC).
  • Funds allocated for staff must be used for the employment or professional development (PD) of employees.
  • Dispute resolution processes include a resolution committee at central office – this may consider the consultation processes within the school when trying to resolve disputes.

Consultation pertaining to student free days (SFDs), workplace reforms and variations to meal breaks or playground duty for the 2022 school year should be in the final stages.

The QTU consultation guide offers an example program for LCCs. You can find out more here:

https://www.qtu.asn.au/.../6643/Consultation_2021_FINAL.pdf

Uploaded  3 November 2021

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