Concern over consultation on new Education Bill

Concern over consultation on new Education Bill

Our union has lodged a submission to the Education, Employment, Training, and Skills Committee, which is undertaking an inquiry into the Education (General Provisions) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2024.   IEU-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said our union had...
IEU speaks on NSSAB Accreditation Framework review

IEU speaks on NSSAB Accreditation Framework review

A review of the Queensland Non-State Schools Accreditation Framework Review (The Review) commenced in March 2023, and the final report was recently released.  The review’s purpose was to ensure that the Non-State Schools Accreditation Framework (the...
Members’ voices heard on new QCE system

Members’ voices heard on new QCE system

The University of Melbourne is evaluating the effectiveness of the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system to ensure it meets the needs of students, teachers and other stakeholders now and in the future.  Our union recently lodged feedback based on...
IEU wins for members

IEU wins for members

Our union’s Industrial Team has recently achieved significant wins for members, including challenging an unfair dismissal, defending a member against untrue allegations, and maintaining accommodation entitlements. IEU-QNT Industrial Officer Melanie Stellmacher said...
New workload tool targets teacher burnout

New workload tool targets teacher burnout

Unsustainable workloads and work intensification in schools remain the primary reasons behind record-low levels of teacher recruitment and retention. IEUA Federal Secretary Brad Hayes said these challenges demand a wide-ranging response from school employers,...
QCT Board Election 2024: IEU member nominations sought

QCT Board Election 2024: IEU member nominations sought

IEU members in Queensland have the opportunity to ensure their voice is heard on the state’s professional regulatory body with Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) Board election now underway. The current term of appointment of the QCT Board concludes at the end of...
High Court dismisses employer backpay challenge

High Court dismisses employer backpay challenge

The High Court of Australia (HCA) has refused to grant special leave for Queensland Catholic employers seeking to appeal a decision that two former teachers were entitled to pay increases contained in new collective agreements despite resigning before the new...
IEU/QTU AI Decision-Making Framework updated

IEU/QTU AI Decision-Making Framework updated

An updated version of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Digital Technologies in Education Decision-Making Framework jointly developed by our union and the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) is now available for members. IEU-QNT Research Officer Dr Adele Schmidt said...
New ATPDF advisories online

New ATPDF advisories online

Our union has released a range of member advisories on the updated version of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)’s Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework (ATPDF). IEU members can now access the seven (7) new...
AI in schools: what it means legally

AI in schools: what it means legally

David Quinn, Special Counsel at Holding Redlich, examines where Australia’s legal response is up to when it comes to the artificial intelligence (AI) race and how associated legal issues will play out in the education sector. The leap we have all witnessed in the last...
IEU support secures over $5000 in backpay

IEU support secures over $5000 in backpay

An early childhood education member has successfully secured over $5,000 in backpay as a result of IEU support. IEU-QNT Industrial Officer Kassandra Hall said the employee was not being paid correctly under their new collective agreement. “The employer commenced...
Teacher exchange in 2024

Teacher exchange in 2024

IEU members employed in Brisbane, Cairns and Toowoomba Catholic schools or Queensland Anglican schools can participate in a fortnight-long teacher exchange to Alberta, Canada. The Alberta Teachers’ Association short-term teacher exchanges permit an exploration of...
Member win on parental leave provisions

Member win on parental leave provisions

IEU members at Mancel College have welcomed a new collective agreement offering improved paid parental leave provisions, including paid superannuation on unpaid leave (up to 12 months). Located in the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket, Mancel College is a specialist...
WorkCover wins for psychological injuries

WorkCover wins for psychological injuries

Our union’s expert advice and support has helped two members secure successful WorkCover claims for work-related psychological injuries. IEU-QNT Industrial Officer Nick Sahlqvist said the recent cases reinforced the importance of contacting our union as early as...
$80,000 backpay secured for member

$80,000 backpay secured for member

An IEU member has recently received over $80,000 in backpay after receiving support from our union. IEU-QNT Industrial Services Officer Mark Moorhead said the member was working at school in Brisbane and contacted our union after several years of working more hours...
Dos and don’ts of EOY functions

Dos and don’ts of EOY functions

With the festive season quickly approaching, many members will be looking forward to their school’s end-of-year functions to commemorate a year of hard work with colleagues. While work Christmas parties can serve as a well-earned celebration and opportunity to unwind,...
1.1 million reasons to be part of the IEU

1.1 million reasons to be part of the IEU

Over $1.1 million in compensation, underpayments and allowances have been returned to members in the past year. IEU Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the outcome was the direct result of the work of our expert industrial team and IEU organisers. “IEU membership means...
Member action secures paid PD time

Member action secures paid PD time

IEU members at a Queensland Catholic school have been allocated paid time to complete compulsory professional development (PD) after previously being expected to complete it in their personal time.    Organiser Mary May said members at the school had, for a number of...
IEU support secures long service leave payment

IEU support secures long service leave payment

Our union’s advocacy has led to a member being paid out their long service leave (LSL) entitlement upon termination, despite the employer trying to withhold it. Industrial Services Officer Mark Moorhead said recent industrial cases where employers were trying to do...
IEU support secures long service leave payment

Historic increase to minimum wage celebrated

Australian union members have welcomed the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) decision to support vulnerable workers by granting a record increase to the minimum wage. The announcement of an 8.6% annual increase for those on minimum wage and a 5.75% increase for those...
Pandemic leave win in Mackay

Pandemic leave win in Mackay

Members at Mackay Christian College are the first single-site school in the region to secure a paid pandemic leave entitlement in their new collective agreement. IEU Organiser Krystal Pearson said the replacement collective agreement endorsed by Mackay Christian...
Unions win for working women

Unions win for working women

Last week’s International Working Women’s Day (IWWD) celebrations were an important reminder of the significant changes won by unions to improve the lives of women at work over the last year.   IEU Assistant Secretary Nicole Kapernick said that while we know there is...
New laws create real change for workers

New laws create real change for workers

With the Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill now law, IEU members now have greater opportunity to bargain for better wages, have greater equity in the workplace and start to tackle insecure work. IEU-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the passing of the Secure Jobs,...