Advice Sheets

Heat – does your workplace have a policy?

Publish date: 12/04/2017
Category: Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES), Casual Relief Teachers (CRTs), Disability Services, Early Childhood, Education Support, Graduate Teachers, Principals, School Teachers, Student Members, TAFE
Summary: Every summer heat causes concerns in schools and workplaces across the state. Exposure to heat and/or excessive heat can cause: Skin rashes Headaches Dehydration Heat cramps Heat exhaustion/stroke. Heat can also aggravate existing medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and skin conditions. In addition, it is accepted that heat exposure can lead to loss of concentration and efficiency, and increase the potential for incidents and accidents. Exposure to heat in the workplace is therefore an OHS issue that must be addressed. The...

Victorian school term dates to 2020

Publish date: 08/03/2017
Summary: Victorian school term dates can be found here. A full list of Victorian public holidays can be found here. 2017 Term 1 - 30 January to 31 March Term 2 - 18 April to 30 June Term 3 - 17 July to 22 September Term 4 - 9 October to 22 December 2018 Term 1 - 29 January to 29 March Term 2 - 16 April to 29 June Term 3 - 16 July to 21 September Term 4 - 8 October to 21 December 2019 Term 1 - 29 January to 5 April Term 2 - 23 April to 28 June Term 3 - 15 July to 20 September Term 4 - 7 October to 20 December 2020 Term 1 - 28 January to 27 March  Term 2 -...

Good consultation in the workplace

Category: Casual Relief Teachers (CRTs), Education Support, Graduate Teachers, Principals, School Teachers, Student Members
Summary: What is consultation? Consultation is the process of involving relevant persons to influence decision-making. What should we consult about? Schools are busy places and there are lots of issues, events and decisions that are made on a daily basis by different staff and groups. Any issue that involves significant workplace change or that will affect working arrangements is deserving of consultation. For example: Implementation of a new curriculum model or program. Changes to workplace structures and roles. Yard duty, time allowances and special payments....

Special religious instruction (SRI) in government schools

Category: Education Support, Graduate Teachers, Principals, School Teachers, Student Members
Summary: From Term 1 2016, Ministerial Direction 145 applies to the provision of special religious instruction in schools. Principals should review any SRI provision in their school in light of the changes contained in the Ministerial Direction. Principals are responsible for making decisions related to SRI and unlike previous arrangements, are no longer required to seek parental interest each time an instructor approaches the school to deliver SRI. A further change relates to the delivery of SRI, which has been moved to non-curriculum time and can be delivered during lunchtime...