Advice Sheets

TAFE: Substitution duties

Publish date: 23/05/2017
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...

TAFE: Weekly workload

Publish date: 21/08/2017
Summary: The weekly workload for a full-time TAFE teacher is 21 teaching duty hours (TDH) Teaching duty hours means sessions of instruction or supervision or assessment of students whether delivered at a campus of the institute or elsewhere, or whether delivered in person or by other means. Up to 5 hours of scheduled or directed other duties (remember the cap of 160 hours per annum that has to be undertaken within 42 weeks). 30 hours total attendance. 8 hours of agreed, accountable tasks performed in support of a teachers professional work. Consultation and agreement...

Schools: Workplace consultation

Publish date: 21/08/2017
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: Overpayments

Publish date: 31/08/2017
Summary: Under section 56 (1-7) of the Financial Management Act 1994, a staff member who has been overpaid, must repay that amount. A staff member who believes special circumstances exist can apply to have the overpayment written off. Overpayments occur in response to a variety of changed circumstances and entries, for example: Allowances. Time fraction changes. Worker’s compensation.  Incorrect salary classifications. Errors of this nature can occur on commencement or in response to fixed-term contracts in different schools. It’s a good idea to keep a paper trail of...