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New NSRA workload assessment tool targets key cause of teacher burnout

2024-04-16T10:06:06+10:00

Unsustainable workloads and work intensification in schools remain the primary reasons behind record low levels of teacher recruitment and retention. The finalisation of a new National School Reform Agreement (NSRA) workload assessment tool is an important part of the larger plan needed to begin to tackle workload. Read here how policy makers can better support school staff dealing with workload pressures: IEU Speaks on new teacher workload assessment tool The federal government is to be commended for developing the workload assessment tool in collaboration with the IEU and other education unions. While applicable to policy initiatives arising from the NSRA, the [...]

New NSRA workload assessment tool targets key cause of teacher burnout2024-04-16T10:06:06+10:00

School employers have nothing to fear from modern community standards

2024-03-22T13:30:33+11:00

The ALRC Report to the Federal Government lays out common-sense updates to the special discriminatory privileges afforded to faith-based school employers. The Federal Government must act on their clear election commitment and deliver these basic discrimination protections for school staff. Read more here: Faith-based schools have nothing to fear from community standards In the midst of a school staffing crisis, parents simply want the best school staff and best teachers possible to teach and care for their children.

School employers have nothing to fear from modern community standards2024-03-22T13:30:33+11:00

Report into special discrimination privileges for schools long overdue

2024-03-21T21:05:20+11:00

All workers, including every IEU member, are entitled to work free from discrimination. The recommendations from the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) tabled today in the Federal Parliament are long overdue and an essential step to modernise anti-discrimination laws. Read here why the Federal Government must act now to deliver on their clear election commitment: IEU Speaks on how faith schools can prosper without discriminating Our school staff and students have waited long enough for fair and modest protections. Schools and communities of faith can continue to prosper without the need to discriminate.

Report into special discrimination privileges for schools long overdue2024-03-21T21:05:20+11:00

International Women’s Day 2024

2024-03-07T16:08:30+11:00

International Women’s Day 2024 75,000 IEU members and their families will be celebrating International Women's Day this Friday, 8 March 2024. International Women's Day is an opportunity to reflect on the incredible achievements of women fighting for greater equity, fairness and social inclusion; while we also recommit to taking the action needed to hasten the rate of change for women and girls around the world. Read here about the gains and continued struggles for gender equality: IEU Speaks on International Women's Day 2024

International Women’s Day 20242024-03-07T16:08:30+11:00

NSRA review rightly targets student disadvantage but misses the mark on teacher workloads

2024-02-28T10:35:49+11:00

The IEU commends the strong emphasis on tackling education inequality and improving learning opportunities for all students as recommended in the National School Reform Agreement (NSRA) Expert Panel’s report to the Federal Government. Unfortunately, a failure to deploy a complementary strategy to address excessive teacher workloads may doom many of the proposed reforms to fail. Read here how the next NSRA can help ease workload pressures: IEU Speaks on NSRA report's hits & misses The IEU will continue to campaign for concrete and enforceable changes to workload practices in schools, read our latest advocacy with the federal government here: IEU Correspondence [...]

NSRA review rightly targets student disadvantage but misses the mark on teacher workloads2024-02-28T10:35:49+11:00

The children and educators of Gaza need our urgent support and protection

2024-02-09T11:31:50+11:00

The ongoing war between Hamas and Israel has had a disastrous impact on the safety of children and educators. The education and school system has been plunged into chaos as schools remain closed and vital infrastructure destroyed. Read here about the urgent support needed and the vital diplomatic role Australia must play: IEU Letter to Minister Wong 9 Feb 2024  The safety and well-being of 600,000 students and 22,500 teachers in Gaza demands urgent action.  

The children and educators of Gaza need our urgent support and protection2024-02-09T11:31:50+11:00

Closing Loopholes delivers more wins for employees; the ‘right to disconnect’ long overdue

2024-02-09T11:39:59+11:00

IEU members across Australia welcome the further improvements to workplace laws passed by the Senate last night. These new laws, the Closing Loopholes Bill #2, build on the significant changes already made by the federal government over the last 18 months and go a long way to restoring fairness and a level playing field for employees. A new 'right to disconnect' is especially relevant to school staff drowning under unrelenting workloads. Read here about what these changes mean for IEU members: IEU Speaks on new workplace laws & right to disconnect These changes follow years of campaigning by union members dedicated [...]

Closing Loopholes delivers more wins for employees; the ‘right to disconnect’ long overdue2024-02-09T11:39:59+11:00

New AI framework for schools can be further improved

2024-01-28T16:06:55+11:00

The Australian Framework for Generative AI in schools commences operation this week with the beginning of a new school year across the country. While the Framework provides an important starting point for the use of AI in schools, a number of gaps remain that will need to be addressed to ensure a comprehensive response to the growth of AI in education. Read more here: IEU Speaks on new AI framework for schools A review of the Framework, scheduled for later this year, should include updates to better respond to AI related teacher workload, consultation measures and the commercial encroachment of AI [...]

New AI framework for schools can be further improved2024-01-28T16:06:55+11:00

Short cuts to teacher training are not the answer to teacher shortages

2023-12-20T09:33:50+11:00

The IEU has significant concerns with the announcement by Curtin University that they will be introducing a one-year graduate diploma in education from next year. Quick fix responses to teacher shortages are short-sighted and threaten the quality and integrity of teacher training. Read details here of these issues raised with the WA government: IEU concerns with Curtin Uni announcement Fast-tracked programs run the risk of sending unprepared teachers into schools before they are ready. Teaching is a highly complex and demanding profession, we need to ensure that new graduates have the best possible practical skills and pedagogical knowledge to succeed in [...]

Short cuts to teacher training are not the answer to teacher shortages2023-12-20T09:33:50+11:00

Vale John Quessy.

2023-12-11T07:17:19+11:00

The IEU and our broader union family is mourning the passing of John Quessy. John dedicated his working life to education and workers' rights with over 30 years service as an IEU Organiser, NSW/ACT Branch President, Federal IEU President and NSW/ACT Branch Secretary. John made an extraordinary contribution to our largest state Branch. He was instrumental in supporting the IEU's development and growth as a key national union during his term as Federal IEU President. Our NSW/ACT Branch has posted a tribute to John here: Statement on the passing of John Our thoughts are with John's wife Magda, his children Josh [...]

Vale John Quessy.2023-12-11T07:17:19+11:00