Advice Sheets

Schools: Workplace consultation

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....

TAFE: Redundancy

Summary: Redundancies apply only to ongoing teachers; they do not apply to fixed-term or casual teachers. Redeployment, redundancy and termination of employment arrangements are not covered by our TAFE Teachers’ Agreement. Each TAFE institute will have its own redeployment and redundancy policy and procedures — it is important to refer to those of your own institute. Our MEA does have an agreed process that the employer is required to follow in situations where they identify excess staff in any given area. This process is outlined in clause 22 of the Agreement. The type of...

TAFE: Dispute resolution

Summary: Key points In the first instance every effort should be made to resolve disputes informally between the teacher and manager. The AEU can be a third party in resolving these disputes. The Institute Consultative Committee could also be useful in resolving disputes. In matters covered by the Multi-Enterprise Agreement, the dispute resolution procedure should be used (Clause 10, MEA). Seek advice from the AEU at this stage Establish a holding position (usually the status quo) while resolution is sought. Establish dispute settlement committee within 7 days...

All members: Paid parental leave

Summary: The federal government introduced Australia’s first national paid parental leave (PPL) scheme on 1 January 2011. Claims and registration can now be made, and must be done online through the Family Assistance Office or via Medicare offices — details below). The AEU welcomes this scheme but will continue to bargain for improvements which will include payment of superannuation, counting the PPL as service, and bringing the 18 weeks of leave up to full replacement wage. Background Paid parental leave is funded by the federal government and paid at the national minimum...