Posted: 23 November 2005
HIV/AIDS � Let's talk about it 1 December is recognised internationally as World AIDS Day. This year AIDS Awareness Week will begin on 24 November 2005 and end on 30 November 2005. The national theme for the 2005 World AIDS Day campaign is: 'HIV/AIDS: Let's talk about it.' HIV/AIDS is still a major health issue with no known cure. HIV/AIDS has not gone away and Australians need to be informed and reminded that we should not be complacent but remain responsible for ourselves, vigilant with prevention and supportive of those who have HIV/AIDS.
Posted: 23 November 2005
By Wendy Currie Research Officer It is important for members to understand the context in which the Federation Council on 19 November lifted the long standing ban on Web Services. The DET have made a commitment that Web Services as we know it will not be rolled out to any additional schools after the end of the 2005 school year. In addition, the only schools to which it will be rolled out in that time are those which had already agreed to participate.
Posted: 22 November 2005
At its meeting on Saturday 19 November, the Federation Council determined to lift the ban on the Year 10 Computing Skills Assessment Test 2006.
Posted: 21 November 2005
Has lessons for TAFE By Diane Hague Media and Communications Officer Sharn Riggs, New Zealand National Secretary of the Association of Staff in Tertiary Education (ASTE), is campaigning with the TAFE Teachers Association this week against the Howard Government's WorkChoices legislation. Ms Riggs will be participating in meetings at Wollongong, Nepean, North Sydney, Ourimbah and Granville Colleges over the next three days.
Posted: 17 November 2005
This term the Australian Education Union is conducting its first National Beginning Teachers' Survey. It is an online survey open to all teachers who are in their first three years of teaching. The information collected from the survey will be valuable to the AEU in lobbying for public education and on behalf of beginning teachers. It will also be useful in our campaign to encourage a greater number of young people to consider teaching as a career.
Posted: 15 November 2005
Unions estimate that around 546,000 people have attended rallies and protests across the country as part of Australia's largest ever national workers' protest. Commenting on the latest crowd figures to hand, ACTU President Sharan Burrow said: "Unions estimate the crowd at the Melbourne Rally was by far the largest in the nation with approximately 210,000 people attending.
Posted: 14 November 2005
On 15 November, NSW Teachers Federation members will join other workers from across the union movement in a national day of community protest against the Howard Government's WorkChoices Bill Ms Maree O'Halloran, President of the NSW Teachers Federation said today:
Posted: 11 November 2005
NSW Teachers Federation's Submission By Diane Hague Media and Communications Officer Today the Federation has made a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Anti-Terrorism Bill. Maree O'Halloran, President, NSW Teachers Federation said: "The protection of human rights and civil liberties is the fight against terrorism. A society that stands for peace, harmony, justice and democracy stands for the values that will conquer violence, fear and hatred.
Posted: 11 November 2005
Campaign yields results By Angelo Gavrielatos Senior Vice President The Federation has been advised that the Minister for Education and Training will be making a statement today concerning special education classes in 2006. The Minister's announcement is an admission that insufficient funds had been allocated for the initiative to place an aide on each special education class. The Minister will state that
Posted: 10 November 2005
Campaign website launched By Diane Hague Media and Communications Officer The Federation has launched a campaign website to assist members in lobbying against the Anti-Terrorism Bill being pushed through Federal Parliament by the Howard Government. The Bill poses the gravest threat to the human rights and civil liberties that Australians have hitherto taken for granted in a secular, civil and democratic state.
Posted: 10 November 2005
By Linda Simon TAFETA Secretary A large meeting of TAFE teachers and other staff at Wollongong College voted unanimously yesterday to close the college on the morning of 15 November to join the ACTU rally and Sky Channel opposing the Howard Government's industrial relations agenda. Linda Simon, TAFE Teachers Association Secretary said:
Posted: 9 November 2005
The campaign to defeat the Howard Government's attack on the rights of workers is the overriding priority of the Teachers Federation. Federation Representatives are asked to urge all members to support the stopwork Sky Channel meetings on 15 November - generally for up to two hours. The meetings will hear reports from the ACTU about the legislation and about the future of the industrial relations campaign. In schools minimal supervision should be provided on the day as a gesture of solidarity to other unionists, parents and community members.
Posted: 8 November 2005
Needs greater investment By Angelo Gavrielatos Senior Vice President The NSW Teachers Federation has not seen either the report or the recommendations of the Federal Government's Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy that are the subject of the front page story, "Teachers told: prove you can read and write" in the Sydney Morning Herald on 8 November.
Posted: 7 November 2005
Vote for the Federation endorsed team Elections for the Quality Teaching Council (QTC) of the NSW Institute of Teachers are currently taking place. Federation members are being urges to vote for the Federation endorsed candidates in these elections. The NSW Institute of Teachers -- Government School Teachers and the NSW Institute of Teachers -- Government School Primary Principals ballots are being conducted by the State Electoral Office. Ballot papers were dispatched on November 2. The ballots will close at noon on Wednesday, November 23.
Posted: 7 November 2005
Private schools awash with government money By Angelo Gavrielatos  Senior Vice President The Federation has claimed from the start that the State Government's review into the funding of private schools was a sham. The Government's decision to reject the final recommendations of the Grimshaw review after sitting on the report for nearly two years certainly vindicates the Federation's claim.
Posted: 7 November 2005
Teachers in universities and TAFE face the common threat of funding links to Australian Workplace Agreements. More than 200 university professors have signed an open letter calling on the Federal Government to withdraw proposals contained in the WorkChoices legislation that directly affect tertiary education. Under the changes, university funding will be linked to the offering of workplace agreements (AWAs) to all staff. Full story from ABC
Posted: 3 November 2005
By Maree O�Halloran President The Federation condemns in the strongest possible terms the determination of the Federal Government to push through the Parliament a two-pronged attack on the civil liberties and human rights of all Australians. The infamous Work Choices Bill is designed to undermine the working conditions of all Australians. The Anti-Terrorism Bill is designed to strip away civil liberties Australians have taken for granted in a secular, civil, democratic state.
Posted: 3 November 2005
Federation has placed a ban on the new annual school report format. Schools are therefore advised to use the 2004 format when preparing the 2005 Annual School Report. The DET memorandum dated 28 October 2005 states that schools have the option to use the 2004 format. If the new format is applied in 2006, the ban will continue. The new format contains the Federal Government's objectionable reporting conditions and the State Government's demand for test data to be compared with state wide averages and "like" school groups.
Posted: 28 October 2005
Despite the Federation's opposition, the Department has today sent new advice and material to Principals and School Self Evaluation Committees regarding the format and content of the Annual School Report for the 2005 school year. Schools have been given the option to choose between two formats. The new format contains the Federal Government's objectionable reporting provisions and the State Government's demand for test data to be compared with statewide averages and like school groups. That format should be rejected.
Posted: 28 October 2005
By Angelo Gavrielatos Senior Vice President The NSW Teachers Federation today called on all teachers, students and parents to celebrate World Teachers' Day.
Posted: 28 October 2005
On World Teachers' Day organisations worldwide mobilise to ensure that the needs of future generations are taken into consideration in this increasingly complex, multicultural and technological world. World Teacher's Day is celebrated in Australia on 28 October.
Posted: 26 October 2005
Overwhelming support for the negotiated settlement By Diane Hague Media and Communications Officer Today the membership of the Federation met across the state to vote on a salaries offer from the Government. At the close of counting today almost 19,000 votes had been counted. Ninety-nine percent have voted in favour of the negotiated settlement.
Posted: 24 October 2005
The Department's offer from the Director-General received Friday 21 October following negotiations between the Federation's Senior officers and DET officers. The letter from the Director-General of Education was the information that the Council of the Federation recommended to go forward to the Sky channel meetings on 26 October for ratification by the Federation membership. It is important that members go to the Sky channel meetings to hear reports from the Senior Officers and to vote for acceptance or rejection of the proposed settlement.
Posted: 23 October 2005
The State Council of the New South Wales Teachers Federation consisting of 300 delegates from around the state met on Saturday 22 October 2005 and considered a salaries offer from the Director General dated 21 October 2005. Council decided unanimously to recommend the following to members at the Sky Channel meeting on 26 October 2005: Recommendation to Sky Channel Meetings
Posted: 21 October 2005
On Saturday the Federation Council will determine the nature of the Salaries recommendation to the Sky Channel meetings. The Sky Channel is for all members and is for up to two hours in duration. Please find attached venues for the stopwork Sky Channel.