Schools on notice over co-curricular payments

Schools on notice over co-curricular payments

A recent Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) ruling on underpayment of ‘voluntary’ co-curricular work at St Peters Lutheran College means all non-government schools making such payments are now on notice. The FWO recently entered into an Enforceable Undertaking with St Peters...
Education suffers from period pain

Education suffers from period pain

A new study has revealed the impact menstrual disorders and period pain is having on the education of young women, as journalist Jessica Willis writes. Menstrual disorders are highly prevalent in adolescents and young women. Period pain affects about 75 percent of...
Disrupting ableism in picture books

Disrupting ableism in picture books

There’s a need for more books featuring strength-based representations of people with a disability, journalist Emily Campbell writes. Children’s books are powerful tools which allow developing young minds to make sense of their own and others’ experiences and...
Navigating NAPLAN

Navigating NAPLAN

Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Paul Giles writes about the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), how the early problems associated with the program remain and how various review recommendations will not address issues identified by IEU members....
Working in a post-COVID-19 world

Working in a post-COVID-19 world

Having quickly adapted to unprecedented working conditions in 2020, the experiences and voice of teachers must form an integral part of understanding the professional and industrial implications of working in a postCOVID-19 world. Over the last 12 months, we have seen...
The hidden cost of working from home

The hidden cost of working from home

Work from home rates skyrocketed across the country this year, driven by the Australian government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of Australians working from home most days increased from 12% in March (prior to COVID-19 restrictions) to 31% in...
Study puts teacher pay into perspective

Study puts teacher pay into perspective

New research shows teachers’ salaries have been slipping behind that of other professionals for 30 years, with female and male teachers earning just 93% and 84% of average professional salaries, respectively. IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the University...
The case for greater protection of permanent jobs

The case for greater protection of permanent jobs

With less than half of Australia’s 12.5 million workers employed in a permanent, full-time job with leave entitlements, the need to address insecure work has never been greater. Insecure work strikes at the heart of what employment in the Australian workforce should...