COVID lockdown State wide implications and other updates for Education.

Posted on March 29, 2021

It’s hard to believe it’s almost Easter! You have done an incredible job over the past twelve months keeping each other and your communities safe. We know that right now is also a difficult time, you might be thinking “didn’t this happen last year?”. 

We have a number of updates for you in this email. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at education@together.org.au.

COVID Lockdown – Greater Brisbane – State-wide Implications

This morning the Premier announced a three-day lockdown for Greater Brisbane (Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Redlands and Ipswich local government areas). The Department has announced that schools will remain open for children of essential workers for the next three days. This is very similar to arrangements during term two, last year.

School-based staff in these local government areas are required to attend school unless they are vulnerable. Vulnerable workers should be supported to work from home or access special leave, as has been the case throughout the pandemic.

Where a staff member lives in Greater Brisbane and works outside that region or lives outside Greater Brisbane but works in the that region, these workers should not attend work. For example, a worker who lives on the Gold Coast and works at a school in Brisbane should not attend the workplace. 

If you need any support or advice about what you should do during the lockdown contact your union office on 1800 244 177 or education@together.org.au.

In a briefing we have received today from the Department, they advised that Outside School Hours Care would also remain open for the children of essential workers.

We are seeking further clarification on the rules for those members who had travelled to Brisbane since March 20 and are now back home outside of the current ‘lock down’ area. Departmental communication will clarify these requirements no doubt. 

If we can be of any assistance to you please get in touch education@together.org.au

There are more updates for members in Education. Please click through to read more:  

Wages Win – Schedules Published!

Following the exciting and well fought win on wage increases for public servants across the Department of Education the Industrial Registry have now published the new  wages schedules – you can see what you will be paid on 1 September 2021 and 1 March 2022 – HERE.

Congratulations to all of you – you made this happen! 

ADO agreements – State Schools 

Term one is the time to make sure you have an ADO agreement in place.

ADO or "accrued days off" is extra time you work during the term to then take days off, usually during the school holiday period. An ADO agreement sets out how you will accrue and take ADO over the calendar year. 

You have a say about your ADO agreement. It is not something to be simply presented to you to sign off. Here is our ADO fact sheet.

If you want advice or assistance with your ADO agreement don’t hesitate to contact education@together.org.au.

Contractors 

At the Education Agency Consultative Committee earlier this month delegates raised the issue of contractors and labour hire in public servant roles across the Department.

Do you work with a contractor or labour hire employee? Let the union office know at education@together.org.au. We are particularly trying to identify what sort of roles contractors play – both in school, regional and central office settings.

Human Resources – Survey – Important! Have your say in the Department’s survey! 

We know our Human Resources members are incredibly stretched at the moment. Union members successfully won a clause in our Agreement for a review of Human Resources with a focus on workloads.

The Department have just released a survey – that is open until 23 April – for all HR staff to complete.

We strongly encourage all union members in HR areas to complete this survey and to do so very honestly. We need to make sure that we have the data for the review group. 

Below is the email that was sent from Dion Coghlan as the Assistant Director General for HR. It’s important to have your say!

Subject: HR Workload Management Survey OPEN

Dear colleagues, 

Yesterday you received an email from me advising on the release of the upcoming Workload Management survey.

I am pleased to advise the survey is now live and all HR staff can access it via the following link: https://survey.qed.qld.gov.au/n/dwjhv73

The survey will remain open until 5pm Friday, 23 April 2021.

Please take the time to have your say on this important subject to inform the work of HR in 2021 and beyond.

Regards 

Dion 

School Support Staff Recognition Week 2021

Last week, conference delegates endorsed holding this year’s School Support Staff Recognition Week on 16-20 August, 2021. Stay tuned for updates on how you and your school can take part.

It’s so important that we recognise and celebrate the amazing work you do! Don't forget to add these dates to your calendar.

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