Universities ignore request to discuss realistic practicum allowances
Our approaches to universities on the issue of allowances for teachers supervising practicum students are being stone-walled, with universities refusing to discuss the topic.
One reply to a meeting request bluntly stated: “the university does not want to be involved or enter into any discussions surrounding practicum students”.
We have written to all teacher training universities several asking them to negotiate an appropriate level of allowance for experienced teachers who receive just $12.45 per day under an agreement signed in 1992.
The issue is that while remuneration levels for supervising teachers have remain unchanged, universities receive $40 per hour from the federal government to administer practicum training.
If the allowance rate negotiated in 1992 was indexed to the CPI it would now be $43 per day.
The current rate is so low that many teachers don’t bother doing the claim paperwork and write off their time to ‘advancing the profession’.
Faced with a similar initial response from universities, our colleagues in New South Wales threatened to ban practical supervisions, which led to an agreement being signed in October 2014 to establish a new rate of $29.90 per day.
A more forceful invitation for universities to discuss the issue is now in the pipeline.