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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

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 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 details of our latest advice (30 July 2020) to sector employers in order to ensure adequate proections are in place for staff and students here.

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

Read our Health & Safety in Education Workplaces factsheet here. 


Industrial Fact Sheets & Member Advice

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
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Member Advisories

Member Advisory #12 - 30 July 2020
COVID-19 response plans essential in all schools; Casuals must have wage security >> read now! 

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