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Home > News > 2020 > March > IEU calls for immediate nation-wide end of term for all school students

IEU calls for immediate nation-wide end of term for all school students

Topics : COVID-19

Call_for_school_closure.pngOur union’s primary concern is that schools cannot meet either their legislative Work, Health and Safety obligations or their duty of care to both their employees and students. 

Accordingly, the IEU calls for an immediate nation-wide end of term for all school students.  

Employees with underlying health conditions, those who are pregnant and those who provide care for elderly relatives within their own household should, with immediate effect, be permitted to work from home or granted ex-gratia leave.

There must also be an orderly transition to emergency schooling arrangements, including support and protocols for online/remote learning. There needs to be urgent discussions between government, employers and our union about the provision of emergency schooling arrangements for children of essential services personnel, including the terms of engagement for volunteer staff and a safe workplace environment.

Staff working in remote schools must be provided with immediate travel arrangements to their home or home state, especially in light of emerging border arrangements.

It’s time to call time on term one now. 

In addition to this coordinated call to governments and employers, our union will be issuing a Charter of Action for employers to sign up to calling on them to ensure the health and safety of school staff and the protection of their livelihoods.

Our Charter of Action seeks an immediate response and action by all school employers.


We encourage all members to contact our union for further advice and information on 1800 177 937 (QLD), 1800 351 996 (NT) or email memberalert@qieu.asn.au 

Previous COVID-19 Advisories: 

  1. Member advisory #1: 10 March 2020
  2. Member advisory #2: 16 March 2020
  3. Member advisory #3: 19 March 2020

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