Educations and Schools: Safety at Work and your EB

Posted on May 22, 2020

Your Department of Education EB

On Monday 25th of May we have a hearing before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission as we have made an application to certify the Department of Education Agreement 2019.

As members know this EB is the result of nearly 2 years of negotiations and effort. We hope that we will have positive news about this next week. We’ll update you after the hearing about next steps.

Safety at Work

Your safety at work is always important, but right now with the new hazard of COVID-19, it is even more important that our safety systems are in place and running well.

The Department of Education have made clear the “Term 2 Operating Guidelines” and safety protocols for state schools. We have received some more information from Infrastructure Services today about the cleaning of playgrounds as well. See that here.

Importantly the Department are maintaining an appropriate and clear message regarding vulnerable staff and ensuring that they are supported to work safely. This may mean working remotely from their usual workplace.

For members in office environments the rules are evolving and we are working with the Office of Industrial Relations, the Government Accommodation Office, the Public Service Commission and the Department on these important issues.

As this work continues we want to make sure you are represented locally as well as at a state-wide level.

In many workplaces across the public sector you will have Health and Safety Representatives who represent you as the workforce, alongside your other union delegates, with management who will be instrumental in the next phase of easing restrictions and ensuring all workers are safe in this process.

Are you a health and safety representative?

We want to connect Together members who are Health and Safety Representatives with the latest information and training as new industry plans are created in the “COVID Safe” framework.

If you are an elected or appointed Health and Safety Representative in your workplace please let us know and fill in your details here.

Remember if you have any questions or concerns about your safety your union office is here to help.

You can get in touch with us on 1800 177 244 or by emailing

1800 177 244