Advice Sheets

Schools: Workplace consultation

Publish date: 08/08/2017
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....

Schools: Special religious instruction (SRI) in government schools

Publish date: 27/02/2017
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...

TAFE: Substitution duties

Summary: Substitution duties can be allocated where: A teacher is under-loaded (i.e. has fewer than 21 hours teaching or 26 scheduled duties per week pro rata for part-time). A teacher agrees to undertake more than 21 hours. They cannot be compelled to do so and must be consulted, knowing there is no obligation to do so. They should be paid excess hours to do so.  OR A teacher agreeing to do substitution duties will not have a workload that averages more than 21 teaching duty hours per week over the semester. If they do exceed the average then all additional hours should...

Schools: Resignation from work

Publish date: 25/05/2017
Summary: A staff member may resign at any time. If you are aged 55 years or over, you should seek advice from your superannuation provider regarding retirement. Notice period Members of the principal class are required to give 12 weeks notice (or such other period as agreed in writing by both parties). For other members of the teaching service, no minimum notice period is required. When resigning, consideration should be given to your personal circumstances and the school's in terms of a suitable notice period. Resignations should be provided in writing and include: when...