Advice Sheets

Health and safety consultation

Publish date: 20/09/2017
Summary: Why consult about health & safety? The OH&S Act 2004 requires employers to consult about health and safety. Consultation  can result in: Healthier and safer workplaces Better decisions about health and safety Stronger commitment to implementing decisions or actions Greater co-operation and trust. What does consultation involve? Consultation means giving employees an opportunity to shape a decision or action on a health and safety matter. Consultation must involve: Sharing information with employees about the matter. Giving employees a...

Schools: Gaining ongoing employment

Publish date: 31/08/2017
Summary: Ongoing employment is the standard method of employment in Victorian state government schools. There are reasons, however, for schools to offer fixed-term contracts.  Staff should be employed in an ongoing capacity except: When covering people on leave, including (but not limited to) parental absence. When employed to undertake a specific project for which funding has been available. This does not include education support staff employed due to SSP funding. Where ongoing employment could result in potential redundancies (excess). Where a fully qualified teacher...

Schools: Is your workload excessive? A checklist

Publish date: 12/02/2018
Summary: Do you teach more than 22½ hours a week (if  you teach primary)? Do you teach more than 20 hours face to face (if  you’re a secondary teacher)? Do you teach more face to face hours than is provided for in your school’s long-term planning document related to workload? Do you take more extras (or have less planning time) than is specified in your school’s long-term planning document? Do you take more yard duty than other teachers without good reason? Do you regularly have more than two hours of  compulsory meetings per week? Do you miss out on Time off in...

Victorian school term dates to 2025

Publish date: 18/04/2018
Summary: Victorian school term dates can be found here. A full list of Victorian public holidays can be found here. 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 - 14 April to 26 June  Term 3 - 13 July to 18 September  Term 4 - 5 October to 18 December 2021 Term 1 - 27 January to 1 April  Term 2 - 19 April to 25 June Term 3 - 12 July to 17 September Term 4 - 4 October to 17 December 2022 Term 1 - 28 January to 8 April  Term 2...