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Home > News > 2018 > March > Severe weather events: advice to members

Severe weather events: advice to members

Topics : Member advice


As North Queensland braces for significant rainfall and potential flooding in the coming days, our union would like to remind members of relevant Emergency and Natural Disaster Leave available to them under their collective agreements.

Townsville has already experienced significant rainfall and more than 400mm of rain is expected to fall in the Boulia and Cloncurry region in the next week, according to reports.

Locations that are reported to be particularly affected include Cloncurry, Richmond, Julia Creek, Marathon, Kamilaroi Station, Donors Hill Station, Mckinlay, Iffley and Cloney’s Creek.

Emergency & Natural Disaster Leave provisions can be found in the collective agreements that apply to Queensland Catholic (Clause 6.10) and Anglican (Clause 16.46) schools as well as some independent schools. 

Whether members’ collective agreements contain an Emergency and Natural Disaster Leave provision or not, the principles of the Catholic collective agreement provide sound guidance.

Fundamentally, where members have safety concerns for their family or property in the event of severe weather, they should remain at home and advise their school accordingly. 

In the Catholic sector provision, employees can access this leave where they are prevented from attending their workplace due to natural disaster or emergency such as flooding, cyclonic disturbances or severe storms.

This leave allows employees to ensure the safety of themselves, their family and their property. 

This also applies where employees are unable to travel to and from their home or workplace due to flooding.

Click here to download a copy of the Emergency and Natural Disaster Leave provision for Queensland Catholic school employees.

Employees in Catholic schools have access to up to five days of paid leave, while Anglican school employees have access to up to three days of paid leave

Members in all other schools, should refer to their collective agreement via our website to confirm whether such provisions are in place for their workplace.

Members who experience issues accessing paid leave in these circumstances should contact our union on FREECALL 1800 177 938 for support.

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