News

Posted: 1 May 2001
A fax message has been sent to TAFE Fed Reps concerning workers compensation and other matters.
Posted: 20 April 2001
By John Dixon Teachers are specifically affected by the government's changes to workers compensation. The proposed loss of access to benefits related to stress and psychological injuries make up a significant proportion of workers compensation claims the Federation takes up on behalf of its members.
Posted: 5 April 2001
The Government tabled the 'Workers Compensation Amendment Legislation Bill' on Thursday 29 March. Compensation Slashed Under the bill, proposed by John Della Bosca, Minister for Industrial Relations, it is much harder to receive compensation for pain and suffering or to take action against a negligent employer.
Posted: 2 April 2001
By Wayne Patterson Country Organiser Members are urged to write to their local state MPs and the Teacher Housing Authority seeking a reversal of the decision by the THA to discontinue the provision of furniture in THA units. The decision to discontinue the provision of furniture has implications for both individual members and the staffing of country schools.
Posted: 26 March 2001
Public Education Campaign Bulletin Number 6 - 23 March 2001 This bulletin has been faxed to schools and TAFE colleges. The day was a great success. The Federation thanks teachers, parents, members of the community and students at schools and colleges throughout NSW for their great contribution in celebrating Public Education Day.
Posted: 10 March 2001
Reports indicate that activities planned by schools and colleges for Public Education Day on 15 March are many and varied. Activities on 15 March 2001 Newcastle High School has invited the community and prominent ex students to visit the school. ABC radio will be doing an outside broadcast from the school during the day. Mudgee Public School is holding an Open Day and the theme is Green. Students will dress in green, the canteen will host a green day and K-2 will host the annual grandparents and senior citizens concert.
Posted: 6 March 2001
Colleges and schools throughout NSW are preparing for Public Education Day on 15 March. The Managing Director Dr. Boston has asked Institute Directors, managers and school principals to assist in the day's activities and to positively promote public education. (Fed Reps are asked to please distribute this bulletin to Institute Managers in their Branch) Managing Director of TAFE NSW Dr. Ken Boston Urges Support
Posted: 1 March 2001
Schools and Colleges throughout NSW are getting behind Public Education Day on 15 March. A variety of activities are being planned to celebrate the excellent work being undertaken by students and teachers in our great system. For Schools and Colleges
Posted: 23 February 2001
This message concerns Award matters, Public Education Day, the TAFE Campaign, Seaforth TAFE, Senior Head Teacher Salary Maintenance and Child Protection Training. Welcome to the TAFE Hotline. The new Award took effect from 1 January 2001. Faxes were sent to all TAFE Fed Reps on 13 December and 25 January outlining some of the changes such as follows:
Posted: 19 February 2001
The focus on 15 March will be in our public schools and colleges to celebrate the excellent work undertaken by teachers and students in our great system. As indicated in previous publications you are requested to plan open day type activities for the morning of 15 March to involve members of the school community in celebration of the role of public education.
Posted: 19 February 2001
Australia is facing a critical shortage of teachers By Denis Fitzgerald Federal President, Australian Education Union 'The arrival of another team of headhunters wishing to poach Australian teachers highlights the problem of looming teacher shortages in Australia,' said Mr Denis Fitzgerald, Federal President of the Australian Education Union.
Posted: 7 February 2001
Public Education Day, 15 March 2001 This year will be extremely important for public education and its place and future in our society. As public educators we must be prepared to both celebrate the great achievements of public education and to demand strong support and much better funding from all political parties. Promoting and Funding Public Education
Posted: 30 January 2001
Detailed information has been sent to all Federation Representatives in TAFE colleges about the new award. This information should be read in conjunction with information published in 'Education' of 11 December. 1. New Award
Posted: 25 January 2001
The major campaign for 2001 and beyond is the promotion of public education. Our system must be properly resourced and funded by both Federal and State Governments.
Posted: 14 December 2000
This message concerns Award matters, the TAFE Campaign, Seaforth TAFE and Child Protection Training. The new Award was ratified by the Industrial Relations Commission on 16 November and takes effect from 1 January 2001. A fax was sent to all TAFE Fed Reps on 13 December, outlining some of the changes such as follows:
Posted: 10 November 2000
This message concerns Award matters, the TAFE Budget and Job Cuts Campaign, Seaforth TAFE and collegiate educational structures. Drafting of the new Award has now been completed, but no changes to Award matters are to occur this year in TAFE. Federation will provide leaflets explaining the few Award changes.
Posted: 6 November 2000
fax sent to TAFE Fed Reps on 3 November This message deals with the TAFE Funding Campaign and 'Procedures for Managing Displaced Employees'
Posted: 26 October 2000
faxstream sent to schools The Federation has had a number of enquiries from Federation Representatives concerning the need for Principals to consult with teachers, executive staff and school community on the matter of Head Teacher establishment for 2001.
Posted: 16 October 2000
in high school and secondary departments of central schools An urgent faxstream went to Federation Representatives today to inform members that following consideration by the Federation Executive, agreement has been reached between the Federation and the DET around a new method of allocating head teachers and deputy principals to high schools and secondary departments of central schools. Some key points are:
Posted: 28 September 2000
Welcome to the TAFE Hotline. This message was posted on the 28th September and concerns Award matters, the TAFE Budget and Job Cuts Campaign, Seaforth TAFE and 'Collegiate educational structures'. The 4% pay rise and back pay to 3rd April 2000 and the 2% lump sum back pay from 1st July 1999 to 2 April 2000 should have been paid by now. Work is proceeding on drafting the 'new Award', which will come into effect from the beginning of next year. No changes to Award matters are to occur this year in TAFE, unless advised by Federation.
Posted: 6 September 2000
Urgent advice to all members The DET has recently sent a survey to all High Schools and Central Schools concerning the possible effects of a proposed new model of allocating Head Teacher and Deputy Principal positions to schools. The DET has taken this action arising from negotiations with the Teachers Federation about a proposed ratio based formula for Head Teacher establishment which would replace the current 81 period rule as well as HT positions which are currently allocated on the basis of whole school numbers.
Posted: 31 August 2000
Teachers' back-pay taxed at 48% rate The Federation has received a number of calls from members concerning the 2% backpayment payment which was negotiated as part of the salaries settlement. The Federation has received a number of calls indicating that the 2% backpayment payment which was negotiated as part of the salaries settlement as a one off payment has been taxed at a very high marginal rate of approximately 48%.
Posted: 17 August 2000
This message was recorded at 12:10 pm on 17th August and concerns Award matters and the TAFE Funding and Staffing Campaign, Seaforth TAFE and collegiate educational structures.
Posted: 31 July 2000
This message was recorded at 4:42 pm on Friday, 28th July and concerns the TAFE Budget and Job Cuts Campaign.
Posted: 26 July 2000
  The Federation has sought confirmation that payment will be made to teachers on the 17 August 2000. Payment of salary increases The Federation has sought confirmation from the Minister for Education & Training that payment will be made to teachers on the 17 August 2000 of the one off cash payment and the 4% salary increase payable on and from 3-4 2000.

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