Women's Program

The NSW Teachers Federation Women's Program was established in 1975 when the Federation received a grant from the Whitlam Government as part of its commitment to women in the United Nations International Year of Women. The Federation's first Women's Officer was Gail Shelston and the program was called "Women's Activities Program". The program was established as an affirmative action program designed to encourage and support women to become active in the Federation and to counter sexism in education across the board. At the 1976 Annual Conference a decision was made to continue the Women's program with a full-time coordinator, whether or not the Federation was able to obtain further Federal Government funding.

The Federation Women's Program has come a long way in promoting Women's activism within the Federation and broader union movement since its inception.

As part of the Women's Program the Federation holds an annual Women's Conference, conducts Trade Union Training specifically for women, runs the Anna Stewart Program and has a full time coordinator.

Women's Coordinator Information
Leeanda Smith
Phone: 1300 654 369 or (02) 9217 2146
Fax: (02) 9217 2470
Email: mail@nswtf.org.au
Postal: Locked Bag 3010, Darlinghurst, NSW 1300

Resources and Links for women

Below are links to articles written by the participants of the Anna Stewart Program.

Annual Conference 2017

Women’s Conference 2017

Sally McManus video message to Women’s Conference

Campaign Updates

‘We won’t wait’ Campaign for Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave

The Federation supports the ‘We Won’t Wait’ campaign, coordinated by Unions NSW. Unions are demanding that the Federal Government support a minimum of 10 days’ paid family and domestic violence leave for all workers by legislating to include it in the National Employment Standards.

The estimated cost of introducing a minimum 10 days’ paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave in the National Employment Standards is just five cents per day per worker.

Salary win in 2016

In 2016 Anna Uren reported to Annual Conference that the Department had implemented its “Interim Salary Review Policy” without negotiating with the Federation. The Department, under the guise of a transition to standards-based remuneration, had decided that when determining a teacher’s pay they would cease to recognise – overseas teaching; any teaching after a break of five years or more; periods of fulltime child-rearing and military service. For some teachers, prior service with the Department or in other states was not being fairly recognised. And for others, decades of experience was being completely ignored.

Great win for casuals and temps

“On 6 October 2017, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission endorsed a settlement of the dispute lodged by the NSW Teachers Federation over unfilled permanent teaching positions.

The Terms of Settlement will provide 2630 new job opportunities over the next six months for casual and temporary teachers seeking permanent employment.”

Articles of interest from throughout the year

Great resources

2018 – Save these dates

Women’s Conference 2018

  • Saturday August 25

Fundamentals for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts (Women Only course):

  • Surry Hills – June 21 & 22 and November 8 & 9
  • Newcastle – March 5 & 6
  • Queanbeyan – September 3 & 4

Anna Stewart Program - 2 week programs:

  • Term 2 -  April and May
  • Term 3 -  August and  September
  • Term 4 TBA

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