Careers You Can Count On
School officers in Queensland Catholic schools play a critical role in the delivery of quality education to our students.
Sadly, we know the reality for many school officers in the sector is one of insecure employment and a lack of access to the quality professional development needed to build their careers.
These key concerns for school officers have been reinforced by the member feedback during the consultation process recently undertaken ahead of the next round of collective bargaining.
Key issues must be addressed
The recent Catholic member survey and statewide Area Meetings have identified the following as the most important workplace issues which need to be addressed for Queensland Catholic School Officers in the next collective agreement:
- Fighting back against insecure work and putting an end to fluctuating hours
- Access to meaningful career paths and security of income
- The provision of quality professional development opportunities
Fighting back against insecure work and putting an end to fluctuating hours
So many school officers are either on fixed-term contracts or term-time continuing employment and have their hours varied every year with no guarantee of how many hours they will receive the following year.
We need to change the rules when it comes to providing job security and certainty for school officers – this is critical both for your professional and personal life.
Access to meaningful career paths and security of income
All Catholic school officers deserve career recognition and remuneration as well as proper recognition of professional duties and responsibilities.
The school officer classification structure was developed over 20 years ago, making a review of the matrix essential to ensure contemporary descriptors and characteristics for classification purposes. Wage rates must also be established that reflect the knowledge, skills and levels of responsibility of school officers in Catholic schools.
At the same time, the complexity of school officer positions has increased significantly as a result of employer and regulatory compliance requirements as well as growing administrative duties. School officers undertaking meetings and briefings, emails, work preparation and paperwork should receive an allocation of paid-time where it is not currently included in the employee’s paid hours.
The provision of quality professional development opportrunities
Many school officers are still denied access to quality professional development to further enhance your skills, knowledge and expertise.
School officers need more than meetings on school policies or mandatory compliance training. The nature of our schools and the work you and other school officers undertake is ever evolving.
Quality professional development is essential to:
- Continually update your work skills, knowledge and expertise so that you can tackle the challenges of modern schools.
- Support you in really your full professional potential.
- Provide an opportunity for all school officers to build meaningful, long-term careers in our schools.
You deserve Careers You Can Count On
Clearly it is time for Queensland Catholic School employers to show the same level of commitment to school officers show each and every day in our schools.
You deserve Careers You Can Count On and our union will be campaigning to ensure this is the outcome for members in this round of collective bargaining.
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