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May

Health and safety of staff and students remains paramount in return to school plans

Maintaining the health and safety of all school staff and students will be paramount Monday, 11 May.

Time to unite against discrimination: IDAHOBIT 2020

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) will be held on 17 May.

No excuse for stand downs as students return to school

Non-government school employers have no justification for continued or further stand downs of school support staff, as students begin a phased return to on-site schooling.

Corona-anxiety: how to assist anxious young children

Early childhood education teachers and assistants may be noticing emotional and behavioural changes in young children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

State government funding a vital boost for staff and students

New Queensland government funding to assist international students stranded in Queensland due to COVID-19 is a critical support for the ELICOS and VET sector at this unprecedented time.

Commission rejects employer attempt to terminate agreement

An employer application to terminate the existing Kormilda College collective agreement has been dismissed in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) after opposition from our union.

JobKeeper: knowing your rights

It is vital that our members working the the VET and ELICOS sector know their rights and are fully informed about the terms and conditions of the federal government’s JobKeeper wage subsidy, following cases of misuse by some employers.

Generation Z teachers: leaders in the online learning revolution

By Natalie Repetto (Contributing writer, member and a Gen Y)

Boarding and outdoor education staff need urgent clarity from government

IEU members employed in boarding houses and outdoor education centres attached to schools continue to face uncertainty.

Catholic, Lutheran and PMSA schools – collective bargaining needed more than ever

Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 in schools, our union remains committed to developing new and updated collective agreements.

Australian Unions plan to rebuild our economy

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has this week released a comprehensive blueprint for rebuilding the economy and restoring jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Early Signals First Reponses program developed for ECE teachers and assistants

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) has developed a new program providing resources and support to early childhood teachers and assistants to better recognise and respond to young children who have been exposed to family violence.

Health and safety of staff and students critical as all students set to return to school

Maintaining the health and safety of all school staff and students needs to be the number one priority for schools following the today’s Queensland government announcement that all students will return to on-site learning from 25 May 2020, the Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland and Northern Territory (IEUA-QNT) Branch said today.

Advice for members needing continued alternative working arrangements

As all students return to on-site schooling next week, employers have indicated that all teachers and school staff are also to return to on-site face-to-face working arrangements.

Redundancies: knowing your rights

Members employed in the VET and ELICOS sectors must be aware of their rights, responsibilities and entitlements when it comes to redundancy, to ensure they receive the best possible advice and outcomes if a genuine redundancy occurs.

Senate’s commitment to super welcomed

The Senate’s most recent commitment to protecting and improving superannuation for working people has been welcomed by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).

Waiving of A-E mid-year reporting welcome

Our union has welcomed the decision to waive the controversial rule requiring teachers to grade students from A to E for each subject in their mid-yearly reports.

Meeting the challenges of COVID-19: members tell their story

Our union acknowledges the outstanding professional efforts of our early childhood education members who have continued to work to provide quality education throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

No more employer excuses – quality PD should be more accessible than ever

The future of professional development (PD) opportunities has never been as accessible for school officers and services staff, with COVID-19 forcing schools to accept and adapt to online training and learning technology.

Member Advisory #11: Safety and hygiene protections must be guaranteed with student return

Comprehensive health and safety precautions will be critical in your school as the full student cohort returns on Monday, 25 May.

Observing Ramadan during COVID-19

IEU journalist Emily Campbell spoke to two members, Christine Harman, Principal of the Australian International Islamic College (AIIC) Durack campus and Rami Ahmed, a teacher and union staff representative who also works at AIIC, to discuss how the coronavirus outbreak has impacted the observance of Ramadan for the school community this year.

Safety and hygiene protections must be guaranteed with student return

Comprehensive health and safety precautions will be critical in schools as with the return of on-site learning.

Safety and hygiene protections must be guaranteed in kindergartens

Comprehensive health and safety precautions will be critical in kindergartens with the return of on-site learning.

Trauma teaching needs an overhaul

The further development and implementation of multi-tiered trauma-informed support, training practices and protocols for school staff and school mental health workers is critically needed in Australian schools, according to new study by Monash University researchers.

Long-term Universal Access Funding will benefit everyone

A confidential report for Australia’s education ministers has urged the federal government to lock in five years of funding for kindergartens or face a system compromised by inefficiency and high staff turnover, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Collective bargaining continues across the sector

Despite the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, IEU members continue to pursue collective bargaining across our sector in order to protect working conditions at this time.

inclusionED: New online community to make classrooms more inclusive

Autism CRC and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have collaborated to launch inclusionED an online platform where teachers from all around Australia can access and share professional resources to help make their classrooms more inclusive.

Playing IT Safe: online safety for young children

A new early learning initiative to teach young children about cyber safety and digital technology use has launched, as part of a joint program developed by the Australian Federal Police, eSafety Commissioner, Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

Role of Health and Safety Representatives more critical than ever

With the recent changes to workplace operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of establishing Working Groups (WG) in your workplace and electing a Health and Safety Representative (HSR) has never been so important.

Diary of an online teacher

IEU journalist Emily Campbell talks to members Kate Clout, Marianne Lucas and Terry Druery about their experiences teaching online and remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘In this together’ for National Reconciliation Week 2020

As IEU members mark National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2020 this week, we acknowledge that we are ‘In this together.’

COVID-19 crisis solidifies value of teaching profession

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the teachers have shown the true value of the teaching profession through collective strength, adaptability and fortitude.

New resources aim to assist student mental health issues arising from COVID-19

Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health and School of Education has launched a new website with resources for teachers to help children who may be experiencing mental health issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

School officers celebrate 30 years as part of IEUA-QNT

Our union will celebrate big milestones this year for school officers and services staff on School Officer Day, Wednesday, 10 June.

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