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Home > News > 2020 > April


IEU seeks meeting with Education Minister to protect members

Our federal union has written to the Minister for Education Dan Tehan seeking urgent discussions regarding the newly announced JobKeeper allowance - specifically regarding our concerns that it does not adequately deal with the situation of many casual relief teachers as well as school support staff.

Direction from Chief Health Officer about travel from workplace to home centre

Direction from Chief Health Officer about travel from workplace to home centre.

ABC extending curriculum-linked content to support learning from home

From Tuesday 14 April, the ABC is extending its educational program on ABC ME to support children and caregivers at home, the broadcaster announced last week.

What will schools look like in Term 2?

As states and territories grapple with the health impacts of COVID-19, they are now faced with the challenge of what Term 2 will bring for staff, students and parents.

ATO releases simplified method for claiming working from home expenses at tax time

The Australian Taxation Office has announced a temporary simplified short cut method to make it easier for individual taxpayers to claim deductions for additional running expenses incurred (e.g. additional heating, cooling and lighting costs), as a result of working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mental health and wellbeing support crucial during COVID-19 pandemic

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

Federal government must amend JobKeeper wage subsidy to protect school support staff

With an increasing number of non-government school employers standing down, or threatening to stand down, support staff as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the union representing these workers is calling on the federal government to amend its JobKeeper allowance package to ensure education employee livelihoods are protected.

Latest update for members in early childhood education

The IEUA-QNT continues to advocate for the early childhood education sector during the COVID-19 crisis.

Government directives mean no school staff should be stood down

Given recent federal and state government announcements, our union expects that no non-government school should be closed for Term 2 and no school should be standing down any staff.

Queensland government commits $28 million in funding to mental health services

IEUA-QNT members will have improved access to mental health services during the COVID-19 crisis following a Queensland state government pledge of $28 million in funding.

Channel Seven QLD to launch television school lessons

Another Australian broadcaster has announced it will help bring classroom material to the television at home and contribute to helping schools deliver education remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 shouldn’t mean putting your retirement at risk

With COVID-19 causing financial pain for many Australian workers, the federal government has announced it will allow early access to superannuation. However, modelling has shown early withdrawal of super funds can have a devastating impact in retirement.

IEU Advice for ELICOS members

The current Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented public health emergency, causing great disruption to all areas of life. This is especially so in the post-secondary college sector, including English, Business and VET colleges.

IEUA-QNT guidelines for community kindergartens after COVID-19 funding announcement

Queensland community kindergartens will receive a $17 million funding injection to weather the impacts of COVID-19, the state government announced over the weekend.

IEUA-QNT acts in face of Queensland employer inaction

The intention to open Queensland schools in Term 2 on the basis of a home-based learning model with limited student attendance on a school site, raises a number of operational considerations.

With "business as usual" in the NT, employers must act to protect employees

Non-government school employers appear to be following the Northern Territory government directive that schools should operate as “business as usual” for Term 2.

School officers and support staff essential to Term 2 operations

The intention to open Queensland schools in Term 2 on the basis of a home-based learning model with limited student attendance on a school site, raises a number of operational considerations especially for school officers and support staff.

Strategies to help parents with students learning from home

With some schools providing a hybrid model of learning with student learning remotely from home, for parents and caregivers the experience will be anything but remote.

Making time for nature play

Although many parks, playgrounds, beaches and public spaces are currently off limits, this doesn’t mean children cannot reap the benefits of interacting with the natural world during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Collective meetings in the virtual world

In the current COVID-19 environment, it has never been more important for IEUA-QNT Chapters to meet to discuss a range of issues that may arise in their workplace.

What to expect and how to cope with physical distancing

A major impact of physical distancing, quarantine and isolation is that people are currently cut off from their regular routines for an indefinite period.

Practicum requirements in Term 2

Our union has been working to confirm the expectations for teacher members supervising pre-service teachers and associate members undertaking practicum during Term 2.

IEUA-QNT working with government to provide support to VET sector

Last week our union met with the Deputy Director General of the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) Steven Koch to discuss support measures for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

Schools working with the IEUA-QNT and leading the way during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive disruption to the way schools operate and provide education to students, but one thing that has not changed is that our union is here to support employee and their schools through this crisis.

eSafety in the classroom

As many students are currently learning online, it is vital for teachers to remain vigilant and have ‘cyber safety’ at the forefront of their mind.

IEU members stand up against stand downs

Over the past few weeks, members have been keeping our union informed of the alternative working arrangements schools have implemented for school officer and support staff members and any threats of stand downs.

Top up funding providing much needed relief for kindys

Our union has been informed that kindy’s across Queensland should now be receiving the their once-off ‘top up’ funding in addition to the QKFS.

Reopening schools to all students a high-risk strategy, new research review reveals

The current case to reopen schools to all students is a high-risk strategy according to a new research review released today by Dr Adele Schmidt for the Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland and Northern Territory (IEUA-QNT) Branch.

NCCD data should not be required for Term 2

Our union is concerned that the current disruption to Term 2 schooling will have a significant impact on the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) on school students with disability processes and procedures, including both delivery of modified learning programs for students and collection and submission of data relating to adjustments.

International Workers' Memorial Day 2020 sees unions call for compulsory Mental Health Code of Practice

Queensland Unions have marked International Workers’ Memorial Day today by calling for an enforceable mental health code of practice for all Queensland workplaces.

Dealing with the transition to remote learning and workload ramifications

Our union continues to provide support and advice to members by engaging with as many employers as possible and with the state government as to how best to handle the current COVID-19 crisis.

Federal government is playing politics with our schools; Latest funding proposal is irresponsible and reckless

The federal government’s attempt to use funding arrangements to force non-government schools into transitioning away from remote learning is divisive wedge-politics, the union representing 17,000 non-government teachers and school staff across Queensland and the Northern Territory said today.

Schools supporting school officers and services staff

Our union is commending schools that have supported school officers and services staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Self-care for members during COVID-19

Many teachers, support staff and services staff pursue their careers in education for noble and altruistic reasons.

Will the $500 remote area payment be paid in Catholic schools?

Earlier this month, the Northern Territory (NT) government announced a $500 incentive payment for teachers and school support staff to remain in remote communities over the Easter break.

Celebrate #IEUnionstrong online as Labour Day/May Day goes online for 2020

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Labour Day/May Day celebrations on Monday, 4 May will be a little different this year – with IEUA-QNT members encouraged to celebrate all the ways we are #IEUnionstrong.

Boarding schools problematic as COVID-19 pandemic continues

Boarding schools are emerging as one of the most problematic areas in terms of threatened stand downs and cuts to hours for school officers and services staff members.

Talking to young children about COVID-19

Young children are at a developmental stage where they are frequent and persistent in their asking of questions about the world around them, and early childhood education professionals are often the ones answering them. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, many teachers and assistants facing the challenge of how to appropriately answer the questions their students may be asking right now and the changes they are experiencing.

Your workplace health and safety rights during COVID-19

Looking after our student’s education and wellbeing will be at the forefront of the minds of all early childhood education teachers and assistance as we continue to face the challenges of COVID-19 – making the workplace health and safety for the whole kindergarten community a major priority.

Entries still open for annual Art Awards and Literary Competition

Our union is currently accepting submissions for the upcoming 2020 Excellence in Art Design Awards and 2020 Literary Competition.

Student return must include safety & workload protections: Critical teaching and learning challenges require an answer

Stringent health and safety precautions will be paramount in the planned return to school by Kindergarten, Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 students next week.

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