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Home > Campaigns > COVID-19 Health Emergency - advice and resources for members

COVID-19 Health Emergency - advice and resources for members

Topics : COVID-19
Phased transition to on-site learning

Stringent health and safety precautions remain paramount for all schools throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory.

IEUA-QNT members will not accept a situation where they are again placed on the front line of a public health emergency with inadequate safety precautions. 

Enhanced cleaning measures and best practice safety protocols must underpin all school operations. 

Read our union's Health and Safety in Education Workplaces factsheet here. 

We have also released a set of guidelines for the operation of schools in Term 2, which have been distributed to employers in our sector. Click here to read the guidelines.

Current advisories and resources for members are available below. We will continue to update this page with latest advice.


Industrial Fact Sheets

Professional Resources

  • Developing a growth mindset > > here
  • Behaviour Management podcast by Teacher magazine >> here
  • Corona-anxiety: recognising warning signs in children >> here
  • Engaging with students: where to draw the line >> here
  • Microsoft Education Centre >> here
  • QCAA Open Educational Resources Database >> here
  • eSafety.gov.au >>here
  • aistl: What works in online distance teaching and learning? >> here
  • Teach Starter >> here 
  • Behind The News (BTN) >> here
  • ABC Reading Eggs >> here
  • The Girls in STEM Toolkit >> here
  • Digital Teachnologies Hub: Online Ideas >> here
A letter to the PM

Dear Scott Morrison,

Education does not "hang in the balance". It's being defended by our hardworking teachers and school support staff.

Read our full letter to the PM here: https://bit.ly/IEULettertothePM

COVID-19 - A message to members from IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke

An important message from IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke.

The COVID-19 crisis has caused significant challenge over recent weeks.

Our union has been with you and will continue to be with you.

Are our schools doing enough to manage COVID-19?

We're asking school employers to commit to essential support for employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, including special pandemic leave, full pay during school closures and protections for vulnerable staff.


Click here to view our full scorecard.

No excuse for further stand downs of staff


UPDATE: May 2020

Non-government school employers have no justification for continued or further stand downs of school staff, as students begin a phased return to on-site schooling.

IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Brad Hayes said it was disappointing some schools had stood down support staff while students were engaged in remote learning.

“With students beginning to return to classrooms from next week, any employees who were previously stood down should be returned to paid duties,” Brad said.

“There can also be no justification for any further stand downs of school officers, services staff or other school staff,” Brad said.

Brad said our union is pursuing employers who have stood down staff, reminding them of the legislative requirements to enact stand downs – including a demonstrable stoppage of work and the inability of an employee to undertake alternate duties or redeployment.

Read full story >> here

March 2020

The IEUA-QNT has been advised that a small number of independent schools are considering standing down support staff without pay in Term 2 because of issues arising from COVID-19. 

Read full story >> here

IEU Guidelines

Click here to read our guidelines for the operation of schools in Term 2, which have been distributed to employers in our sector.

Member Advisories

Member Advisory #11 - 22 May 2020
Safety and hygiene protections must be guarenteed with student return >> Read Now! >> Read Now!

Member Advisory #10 - 6 May 2020
Stringent health and safety precautions will be paramount in the planned return to school next week >> Read now!

Special Member Advisory for the Northern Territory - 16 April 2020
Health and safety of school employees remains paramount + non-government employers must take action to protect employees >> Read now!

Member Advisory #9 - 15 April 2020
IEU takes action to confirm Term 2 working arrangements >> read now!

Member Advisory #8 - 3 April 2020
Direction from Chief Health Officer about travel from workplace to home centre >>read now!!

Member Advisory #7 - 1 April 2020
Wage protections and paid leave still needed + Job security and employee wellbeing the urgent priority >> read now! 

Member Advisory #6 - 30 March 2020
Working remotely: FAQs for teachers and school officers >> read now!

Member Advisory #5 - 24 March 2020
Charter of Action to protect school employees + vulnerable staff should be removed from classrooms >>read now!

Member Advisory #4 - 23 March 2020
Our union calls for immediate nation-wide end of term for all school students >>read now!

Member Advisory #3 - 19 March 2020
Holiday break should be brought forward if our employers can’t manage COVID-19 >>read now!

Member Advisory #2 - 16 March 2020
Advice on ensuring safe workplaces and managing quarantine arrangements >>read now!

Member Advisory #1 - 10 March 2020
Work health and safety laws and industrial relations considerations >>read now!

Early Childhood Education Member Advisories

Member Advisory #4 - Thursday, 16 April 2020
>>Read now

Member Advisory #3 - Tuesday, 31 March 2020
>>Read now 

Member Advisory #2 - Thursday, 26 March 2020
>>Read now

Member Advisory #1 - Friday, 20 March 2020
>>Read now

Mental health support

The COVID-19 pandemic is understandably causing stress and anxiety for many people.

In addition to the support available through our union, we encourage members to seek additional support if they are in need.

Avenues for mental health support:

For a full list of support resources click here. 

Health advice

Members should ensure they seek health advice from reputable sources such as the Department of Health

If you require medical assistance, call your GP, medical clinic or the national COVID-19 helpline (1800 020 080) for advice.

Professional Resources
  • QCAA Open Educational Resources Database >> here
  • eSafety.gov.au >>here
  • aistl: What works in online distance teaching and learning? >> here
  • Teach Starter >> here 
  • Behind The News (BTN) >> here
  • ABC Reading Eggs >> here
  • The Girls in STEM Toolkit >> here
  • Digital Teachnologies Hub: Online Ideas >> here
Government Websites

Federal Government


Northern Territory

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.