The vital role school support staff play in education and the ways in which our union is working to ensure they have careers they can count on was recognised as part of recent School Officer Day celebrations held on Wednesday, 9 June.
The federal government claims its Your Super, Your Future bill, which recently passed the lower house, will save workers $17.2 billion over the next decade.
Our union, through its federal body, the IEUA, has continued its longstanding support of the developing country of Timor-Leste, recently donating funds through Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA to the Strengthening and Supporting Rural Farmers Organisations project in the country.
The federal government will introduce a significant overhaul to Medicare rebates from 1 July and expose Australians to unexpected out-of-pocket medical costs.
While the Australian union movement continues its lengthy history of campaigning against unsafe and unhealthy working conditions, sadly, many workers across different industries are still subjected to a range of health and safety risks.
Queensland Catholic school members will now have a refined unsatisfactory performance management process after our union met with the employers over reports ‘informal chats’ were being used to start formal unsatisfactory performance management procedures.
In an outrageous instance of fixed-term contract misuse, our union has been made aware of a Northern Territory Catholic employer hiring casual school officers on contracts which are described as being just 14 days in length.
IEU-QNT members are continuing the fight against the insidious threat of insecure work by taking action to prevent the misuse of fixed-term contracts in their workplaces.
The working conditions of instrumental music instructors across Queensland continue to be left in limbo thanks to employer inaction.
Queensland Anglican employers have rejected any changes to Preparation and Correction Time (PCT) for primary school teachers as current collective bargaining negotiations continue.
Our union is calling for school employers and leadership teams to ensure there are clear policies and expectations of parents and/or carers when engaging with school staff through online meetings.
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 now underway.
Workers’ mental health has received historic recognition, following a move to regulate psychosocial hazards under national workplace health and safety (WHS) laws.
Pressure from the First Nations Workers Alliance (FNWA) and the broader union movement has seen the federal government scrap the harmful Community Development Program (CDP).
With National Reconciliation Week approaching, our union continues to take meaningful steps towards reconciliation, through campaigning activities and the ongoing work of our Yubbah Action Group.
National Sorry Day is observed annually on 26 May and is a time to remember and acknowledge the appalling mistreatment of First Nations Peoples who were forcibly removed from their families and communities, which we now know as ‘The Stolen Generations’.
In just the last two years alone, our union has recovered more than $3.9m in underpayments, allowances and compensation for members through the work of our expert industrial team and IEU organisers.
Our union, along with our colleague education unions nationally, stands in solidarity with students who are taking part in the upcoming School Strike 4 Climate on Friday, 21 May 2021.
The federal government’s $1.6 billion funding commitment for early childhood education over the next four years is a start, but more is required to secure the future of the sector.
A new review into initial teacher education (ITE) launched by Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge, the first step in the government’s ten-year plan to “put Australia back on top for student academic performance” is at its heart an attack on the teaching profession.
An infographic may seem a ubiquitous way to easily tell a story in today’s world, but the reason behind why that story is being told still requires careful attention.
Our union is encouraging all early childhood education members to ensure that appropriate pay and working conditions are at the forefront of the new National Workforce Strategy by completing the online feedback survey.
Building trusted communication and collaboration between teachers, staff and families is essential in early childhood education – in fact, it is part of the National Quality Framework (NQF) due to its significant impact on children’s emotional and physical development.
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.
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 post COVID-19 world.
IEU members from across Queensland and the Northern Territory came together over the long weekend to celebrate Labour Day/May Day, after celebrations were cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the wake of the federal government’s recent failure to properly respond to the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s Repect@Work report, the union movement has joined with gender equality advocates across Australia to make four clear demands for what should be done immediately to make workplaces safer.
After last year’s pause due to the pandemic, IEU members will join together to celebrate all the ways we are #IEUnionStrong this coming Labour Day /May Day long weekend (1-3 May 2021).
Reports that, in an eleventh hour move, the Morrison government will abandon its attack on the superannuation guarantee are welcome news for workers.
Menulog’s decision to classify workers as employees rather than independent contractors on a trial basis has been welcomed by the union movement.
Members raise privacy concerns after their employers attempt to install video and/or audio surveillance cameras in workplaces.
On 28 April each year, International Workers Memorial Day is marked as an occasion of remembrance and action for workers killed, injured, disabled or made unwell because of their work.
School camps and excursions are back after a hiatus; however, significant risks still remain for staff participating in extra-curricular activities.
This week’s move by the federal government to scrap its controversial plan to allow domestic violence survivors to access their superannuation is yet another reactionary move that reveals just how little it cares for women.
As the JobKeeper end date of 28 March approaches, members employed in the ELICOS sector are facing further devastation as private English language colleges across Australia close their doors.
The expert advice and support of our union has proved critical in having the recent rejection of WorkCover claims overturned for two members. IEU-QNT Industrial Officer Vaishi Raja said the two recent cases were an important reminder of the ways in which our union can...
The determination and activism of union members across Australia has forced the federal government to abandon many of the worst aspects of the dangerous IR Omnibus Bill.
Employers should not be removing teachers’ desks and chairs from classrooms without the appropriate consultation and agreement of teachers and consideration of workplace health and safety risks.
Thousands of Australian women and allies rallied at nationwide Marches 4 Justice against gendered violence held last week.
Today marks the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA): a day for IEU members, schools, students and the community to say Bullying. No Way!
The federal government’s controversial Omnibus Industrial Relations (IR) Bill has passed through the Senate with significant amendments.
Today, the Senate has started debating the Federal Government’s dangerous and extreme IR omnibus bill.
The importance of inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic backgrounds, is the focus of this year’s Harmony Week.
As Close the Gap Day 2021 on 16 March approaches, our union encourages members to contemplate the persisting gap in outcomes between First Nations and non-First Nations Peoples.
In schools, many teachers are appointed on fixed-term contracts. However, there are restrictions on when fixed-term contracts can be used.
Superannuation is often something workers don’t consider until later in their working lives. But having a good understanding of your super entitlements can make a big difference.
A report released today by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) reinforces the serious issues faced by working women which must be urgently addressed by the federal government.
IEU members have reported employers who are placing inappropriate requirements on teachers who are sick.
The federal government’s proposed IR Omnibus Bill has now passed through the lower house, bringing closer moves to increase job insecurity at a time when working Australians need and deserve certainty.
Prevalence of this sexual harassment remains high as members continue to report abuse and harassment suffered at work.
The latest round of collective bargaining in the Queensland Lutheran sector has resulted in significant wins for school officers.
International Women’s Day (IWD) held each year on 8 March is a day to promote equality for women’s social, political and working rights.
Our union has rejected the government’s proposed changes to the mutual recognition arrangements for teacher registration.
Our union is currently in negotiations regarding the agreements governing internship placements in non-government schools.
Sustained advocacy from our union has led to the QCAA conducting a review into the new Queensland Certificate of Education processes.
Queensland’s representatives on ACARA’s Prep-Year 10 Australian Curriculum Review have raised significant concerns to the QCAA, based on revised drafts of the curriculum.
Instruction in First Languages offers a unique opportunity to preserve and reinvigorate Australia’s First Languages, many of which are highly endangered, and our union has formally committed to a course of work designed to support First Language programs in non-government schools.
IEU members need to be aware that the generation, storage and use of digital technologies are potentially contentious activities, particularly where images of, or references to, students are involved.
The federal government’s reticence to stand by legislated increases to super would upend the promised retirements of a generation.
Failure to address the future of Universal Access funding means Australia’s early childhood education sector remains in a tenuous position.
IEU members are calling on Queensland crossbench senators Pauline Hansen and Malcom Roberts to help stop the federal government’s plan to weaken important worker protections and allow employers to cut pay and conditions below the minimum award safety net.
Queensland members in PMSA schools have voted up a new collective agreement which contain significant wins for all staff members.
Our union has helped a member secure a permanent position in her workplace after being employed for 16 years on rolling contracts.
IEU releases final report from School Officer Joint Working Party Review: development of a new classification structure
The initial phase of the Queensland Catholic School School Officer Joint Working Party (JWP) has concluded, and members can access the final report here.
This week’s announcement by the federal opposition of a comprehensive plan to address insecure work and casualisation has been welcomed by IEU members and the broader Australian union movement.
Have you seen the media chatter about the federal government’s IR “Omnibus Bill”? Here’s a quick rundown of the Bill and what it would mean for workers.
Where a natural disaster and/or emergency, and/or further outbreaks of COVID-19 occurs, our union is with our members every step of the way.
An omnibus industrial relations (IR) Bill proposed by the Morrison government will allow employers to cut wages and conditions.
The federal government’s plan to change the better off overall test (BOOT) as part of their plans for sweeping industrial relations reform has been condemned by our union.
Grassroots collective power was out in full force recently, as an IEU School Chapter rallied around a support staff member being made redundant; the staff member ended up successfully being redeployed to another position as well as receiving full redundancy...
Employees in QLD Lutheran schools have agreed to a new collective agreement with enhanced working conditions.
Our union has today (3 December 2020) taken the extraordinary step of taking the Toowoomba Catholic Education Office and Downlands College to the Federal Court following their respective failures as employers to provide backpay to a number of employees
A growing number of Liberal MPs are publicly calling for promised increases to super to be abandoned, while continuing to pocket 15.4% super in their own taxpayer-funded salaries.
Australia’s retirement system has also once again ranked highly in the annual global index, finishing 2020 as the world’s fourth best.
As workers await their legislated 0.5% rise in superannuation next year, some employers and government MPs are attempting to cancel the ‘unaffordable’ increase.
Teachers and school officers who specialise in supporting inclusive education for students with additional learning needs have key roles across all sectors of the Australian education system. IE journalist Jessica Willis talks to two IEU members and learning support teachers about what their role is and how they support school communities.
While Australia is in the grips of its first recession in 30 years due to COVID-19, many are arguing a planned increase of the super guarantee to 12% is unaffordable.
Australian federal government still failing to take the real steps to end violence and harassment at work.
Our union and the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) are calling for the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) to formally review the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) senior assessment processes and procedures.
Research has uncovered key approaches teachers can use to be more inclusive in their classrooms when teaching mathematics to students with Down Syndrome.
New research conducted by academics from Western Sydney University suggests there is a link between students having a positive attitude towards mathematics and science and their academic success in these subjects.
Why the teaching profession is not better respected is confronted in a new book by Professor John Buchanan (University of Technology Sydney) which confirms that our union’s long-standing Teaching: It’s Our Profession campaign remains relevant and essential.
Our union remains committed to the establishment of a First Nations Voice to Parliament, as outlined in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
School officer members at a Queensland Catholic school were recently told through informal, one-on-one ‘chats’ that there would be a major restructure to their working hours in 2021 due to funding changes.
While working from home aided the pandemic health response, workers suffered a number of hidden costs – according to the Working from Home Report released by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).
An IEU member in a Queensland Catholic School is fighting for a full-time permanent position, after working the same hours in the same role on a fixed-term contract for a number of years.
On 25 November every year, the world pauses to reflect on the endemic levels of violence committed against women and girls. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is an opportunity to pave the way towards change by uniting against violence.
As part of NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations, our union recognises the incredible work of Far North Queensland IEU member and 2020 Thersa Nunn First Nations Member Award recipient, Patricia ‘Patsy’ Lockington.
The Independent Education Union – Queensland and Northern Territory (IEU-QNT) condemns the federal government’s shameful rejection yesterday (10 November 2020) to fly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags alongside the Australian national flag in Federal Parliament.
The annual IEU-QNT Union Excellence Awards recognise the contributions of our most active members and are of particular significance in 2020 given the professional and industrial challenges members have faced. This year, the Awards were announced at our COVID-19 safe videoconference AGM on Friday, 23 November 2020.
Four IEU-QNT members have been acknowledged for their inspiring contributions to the Queensland education community by being nominated as finalists in this year’s TeachX Awards.
An IEU teacher member has received $35k in back-pay after seeking our union’s support regarding a reclassification issue.
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.
Teacher-targeted bullying by students and parents remains a significant problem in Australian schools.
The current federal government has failed early childhood education students and sector employees alike leaving Universal Access funding completely out of the recent budget.
The rate of workplace deaths has increased for the first time since 2007, according to recently released data from Safe Work Australia, as the federal government continues to drag its feet on work health and safety reform.
Bullying, harassment and violence have no place at work - yet, sadly, evidence shows these behaviours remain a problem in Australian workplaces. While there are legislative and regulatory frameworks in place that attempt to stamp out these behaviours, research from...
Our union’s private Facebook group for early career teacher members provides meaningful opportunities for discussion as well as access to member-only resources, professional development (PD) invites, mentoring connections and advice from our experts.
A new Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) campaign is calling on the federal government to ensure the real heroes of the COVID-19 crisis – workers – are recognised and protected.
The advice and support of our union has proved critical in having a member’s WorkCover claim rejection overturned.