Advice Sheets


Category: TAFE
Summary: Bereavement leave Up to three days with pay for the death of a member of the employee’s immediate family or household. Additional leave may be granted with or without pay at the discretion of the employer. Court attendance leave To qualify, employee must be required to appear and serve as a juror in any court. Leave with pay is granted for the period required by the court. Pay is at ordinary rates. Employee under subpoena or order as part of their official duties shall be on leave with pay. Notification that the employee has attended court must be...

Long-service leave, attendance, and teaching loads

Category: TAFE
Summary: TAFE teachers are entitled to 13 weeks of long service leave after 10 years service, or can access pro-rata entitlements after seven years service (see MEA Schedule 6 Clause 26, MEA Clause 33). Long service leave shall be taken at a mutually agreed time having regard for the operational needs of the employer but shall not be unreasonably refused. Prior service and accumulated long-service leave An employee is entitled to 13 weeks long service leave (LSL) after 10 years service. Thereafter it accumulates at the rate of 1.3 weeks per year of completed service. Leave...

Meal breaks

Category: TAFE
Summary: Key points Teachers cannot work more than five hours without a meal break. Meal breaks must be for a minimum of 30 minutes. Teachers cannot be forced to take meal breaks of more than one hour. Attendance is not required during meal breaks. Lunch meal break shall be scheduled between 12.00pm – 2.00pm. Evening meal break shall be scheduled between 5.00pm – 7.00pm. Time between duties on the same day, other than meal breaks, is attendance time.

Mediation services

Category: Early Childhood
Summary: Mediation services are provided by the Department of Education and Training (DET) and by the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria, part of the Department of Justice. Mediation is a structured process involving preparation and a face to face meeting between the mediators and all of the people involved in the dispute. A mediation session is normally conducted by two trained mediators who assist the parties to: Identify the disputed issues Develop options Consider alternatives Endeavour to reach an agreement. DET and Early Childhood Development Mediation...