December ACC report back
Over the past year at the Agency Consultative Committee (ACC) meeting, Together delegates Deb, Perry, Sharon and Deb have done an amazing job in advocating for members on the many collective issues that were raised in this forum.
School lockdown procedures
Together has provided feedback to the department on a new Lockdown Procedure Guideline that is currently being developed. We raised our concern that there have been situations where the administration staff have not felt they had the authority to call a lockdown in an emergency situation.
A commitment was made to capture our concerns and ensure that the guidelines reflected that BSMs/AOs would have the authority to act in these emergency situations. You can read the proposed School lockdown procedures here.
Members are asked to provide feedback onto this document and email it through to email@example.com ASAP so we can collate and forward onto the department.
We asked management to provide an update on the issues of staffing for therapist across the region.
State Schooling is waiting on feedback from the disability review and the Deloitte report which is due mid-December prior to determining options with staffing for 2017. They will then review costings and report back to the ACC. We will keep therapist members informed when we receive this information.
** Since this meeting Together has also attended a meeting of the State Schools Stakeholders where it was advised that Deloitte was meeting with the Minister to discuss the report and that stakeholders would be informed in January of outcomes.
Local Consultative Committees (LCC)
Southeast and Central region will participate in a review into their LCCs via an online short survey. This will be communicated out to Principals early in the New Year. If you work in these regions keep a look out for this early in the term. We also got the department to include regional offices in this survey as you should also have an avenue such as an LCC for joint union/management consultation processes as per your collective agreement.
First Aid in schools
Together delegates provided extensive feedback on first aid in schools and Together has compiled a fact sheet you can read here!
We also provided this document to the department to assist with their FAQ document which they advised will be available via OnePortal in the New Year.
Youth Support Coordinator Initiative: (YSCI)
Together requested for management to provide clarity on the future of funding for the temporary positions of Regional Youth Coordinators and Regional Youth support Coordinators. The staff member to talk to this was not available at the meeting but has since sent through the response below. If members have any concerns about what is presented below contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Youth Support Coordinator Initiative (YSCI) is a recurrently funded initiative of $9.6million that targets young people in Years 10 to 12 who are at risk of disengaging or have already disengaged, from education.
- The allocation methodology for the YSCI has recently been prepared for the 2017-19 funding cycle.
- The allocation methodology is based on the size of the school (50 or more students in the target group) and level of need (using the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage).
- In addition to the size of the school and the level of need, the 2017-19 funding cycle includes a weighting for schools with more than two students in Out-Of-Home Care, to assist in meeting the needs of at risk and vulnerable students.
- Allocation methodology is undertaken every three years to ensure an equitable distribution of funds based on the data available at the time.
- In the 2017-19 funding cycle, 159 state schools will be in receipt of a funding allocation.
- Eligible schools receive their funding allocation directly from the department.
- The Full Time Equivalent (FTE) allocation to schools is at the AO3 level. As the allocations are subject to change every three years based on the methodology, schools are advised to take this into consideration when employing a Youth Support Coordinator (YSC).
- Schools make local decisions on how the FTE allocation will be utilised.
- Options include:
- directly employing a YSC utilising the FTE
- topping up existing youth worker time at the school (e.g. the student welfare worker)
- converting the allocation to cash to employ a YSC through an Accredited Employing Authority (a Non-Government Organisation providing services to youth)
- converting the allocation to cash to purchase external courses or programs
- clustering with other local schools to pool funds to use on one of the above options.
Regional Youth Support Coordinator: (RYSC)
Regions are each allocated one FTE AO7 Regional Youth Support Coordinator (RYSC).
As the YSCI is funded on a recurrent basis and RYSC positions are not affected by the allocation methodology, it is a regional decision as to whether RYSCs are permanently appointed or remain as temporary positions.
HR policy & delegations project
HR provided a new framework for policy and delegations You can view this document here to see the flowchart of what is proposed. Members are invited to provide feedback on this which we will submit to the department.
Schools Officer (SO) Inductions
Together raised concerns that many schools officers, particularly in rural QLD are not receiving a proper induction and information into their roles. This could potentially result in inappropriate work practises occurring and possible injuries due to lack of understanding of the operation of equipment and machinery provided to perform the duties of a schools officer.
Management committed to ensuring that all resource materials that were available online were current and up-to-date. Emailing links to schools officers for access to the most current information provided in the ‘Green Folder’ which is a great resource for SO’s. In the New Year the department committed to sending out email communications to all schools officers across the state to provide them with guidance on how to access a wealth of information that is available online to support them in their roles.
Science Operations Officers (SOO) 003-004
Together raised concerns as expressed by SOO members into the difficulty some were experiencing in their ability to seek progression from OO3 – 004 with many being knocked back on their submissions by regional office. Another concern we raised was the inconsistency across the regions for the reason for saying no to upgrades.
We sought for management to ensure that there was consistency across the regions and that the correct industrial information was applied in all circumstances.
Together representatives also put forward that where the school is requiring the SOO to perform duties at the OO4 level the regions should be prepared to fund this and approve these upgrades.
We achieved a commitment by management to investigate this further and to report back to Together. Members who have put in a business case and are waiting on advice back from the regions are asked to also keep us informed at the union office on how this goes.