Advice Sheets

TAFE: Commencing salary

Summary: Key points The following entitles an employee to entry level at Teacher 1.1: Qualifications (Academic or Trade) Work/Industrial Equivalent Bachelor Degree or equivalent 2 years 2 year post Year 12 Diploma or equivalent 3 years Certificate IV or equivalent 4 years Certificate III or equivalent 8 years Completion of Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (or its equivalent) entitles teachers to enter at Teacher 1.2. Completion of an AQF5 level course of teacher training with supervised teaching practice and studies...

TAFE: Consultation

Summary: “There are significant benefits associated with implementing and maintaining a culture of consultation and cooperation in the workplace. Businesses working to best practice recognise the benefits of regularly seeking opinions and views from employees, whether that be through consultation with individuals, groups or unions, or a mixture of all three.” — FairWork Ombudsman Why should the employer consult with employees? It enables the views of staff to be considered before decisions are made iImproves staff morale enhances job satisfaction informs the decision-...

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...

Early childhood: Health & safety representative (HSR)

Summary: The primary role of the HSR is to bring to the attention of the employer or their representative matters relating to the health and safety of employees. The Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004) provides for employees to establish a Designated Work Group (DWG). This group of employees in a workplace can establish a DWG. They are then in a position to elect one or more HSR’s and their deputies (see www.aeuvic.asn.au for more details). It is AEU advice that one DWG is usually adequate for each worksite. Multi – Campus schools may require one for each campus. Powers...