Report to February 14 Council

Glenn spoke to a very well-attended meeting of Council on Saturday about how EA negotiations are progressing. There is still a way to go. But the conversation is no longer about whether excessive workload is a problem. It's about how to fix it.

It is pleasing that there is now recognition that teacher workload is a problem in schools.  

Over a thousand members armed us with evidence by completing our survey, hundreds wrote to the Minister, and many members participated in workload focus groups jointly conducted by the AEU & ETD.

The conversation is no longer about whether there is a problem. It’s about how to fix it.

Our core claim for reduced face-to-face hours to allow time for PLCS remains a live claim.

Following the workload focus groups we jointly conducted with ETD, dialogue is occurring about current tasks teachers are performing that i. don’t need to be done at all or ii. could be more appropriately performed by other school staff. The latter area intersects with the School Assistant Classification Review, currently underway, which has been set up to clarify the role of School Assistants.

Branch Secretary, Glenn Fowler, emphasised that we will absolutely not accept a scenario where workload is simply shifted from one group of workers to another. Additionally, we need a solution that is guaranteed across the system, rather than something that is contingent on site-by-site negotiation.

Resolved in principle vs still under discussion

Beyond our core claim, Glenn outlined those claims that have been accepted in principle at the bargaining table and those that are still being discussed. Please refer to our log of claims to learn more about the substance of each claim -

Resolved in principle

Still under discussion


 Claim 3: Maximising permanency

 Claim 4: Certainty for teachers nearing retirement

 Claim 5: Supporting teachers who are leaving a school against their will

 Claim 6: Payment of fees for applying for certification against national standards

 Claim 7: The guarantee of paid time for WSRs

 Claim 8: Time for AEU Sub-Branches to meet

 Claim 9: Paid maternity leave for employees who are on LWOP and working for an employee organisation

 Claim 10: Appropriate synergy between all teacher appraisal instruments

 Claim 11: Domestic Violence Leave

 Claim 18: Teachers at Birrigai@Tidbinbilla and Instrumental Music Program

 Claim 19: Birrigai@Tidbinbilla

 Claim 21: Salary back-dating

 Claim 22: Professional Learning requirements

 Claim 24: School Leader placements

 Claim 26: New Educator Support Plans

 Claim 28: Central funding of industrial leave


  Claim 1 and Core Priority: Reduced face-to-face teaching time

 Claim 2: Salaries

 Claim 12: School Principals

 Claim 14: ICT in schools

 Claim 15: Teachers of VET

 Claim 16: Teacher Librarians

 Claim 17: School Psychologists

 Claim 20: Analysis of Potential Workload Impacts

 Claim 23: Payment to Casual Relief Teachers meeting TQI Professional Learning requirements

 Claim 25: Different kinds of School Leader positions

 Claim 27: Acceptable temperature for workplaces



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