Risky business: workload and injury
8 November 2022
Author: Amber Flohm
A recent amendment to the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 makes it unequivocal in relation to the Department of Education and TAFE NSW’s responsibilities to respond to, manage and prevent psychosocial risks in the workplace.
Air quality can affect outcomes
15 June 2021
Improved ventilation and air quality in NSW classrooms is needed to meet building standards, with research showing it could improve student health and educational productivity.
Cold blast highlights dangerous gas heaters in classrooms
11 June 2021
This week’s blast of arctic weather has prompted Federation members at Uralla Central School in the New England region to hold an unusual protest over dangerous unflued gas heaters in their school.
NSW Education Department must replace unflued gas heaters in our schools
10 June 2021
Section: Media Release
Teachers Federation members at Uralla Central School in the chilly New England region have called for the replacement of dangerous unflued gas heaters in their school.
Mice motion shifts inertia
6 June 2021
Imagine mice running through your classroom and the stench of dead ones.
NSW Teachers Federation secures action on mental health at work
31 May 2021
Section: Media Release
The NSW Teachers Federation welcomes the NSW Government’s Code of Practice: Managing Psychosocial Hazards at Work and the reinforcement of employers’ legal duty of care and responsibilities to address teachers’ mental health at work.
Teachers must get higher priority in vaccine roll-out
16 April 2021
Federation has continued to pursue the interests of members regarding the roll out of the Covid 19 vaccine since August last year. This has included representations to the Federal Health Minister, NSW Minister for Education and alongside our colleagues at Unions NSW and the ACTU and AEU nationally.
Federation supports review of work laws
10 April 2021
Federation last week wrote to the NSW Government calling on it to support proposed changes to work health and safety (WHS) laws to provide better protection for workers from psychological injury and sexual harassment in the workplace.
Safety and wellbeing concerns before IRC
3 December 2020
The Department has failed to adequately address Federation’s concerns regarding the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic and Federation recently escalated the matter to the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC).
Support the safety of all
11 March 2020
Safety in schools for teachers, support staff and students is paramount.
Stay calm and informed of advice
6 March 2020
Federation is aware, through evidence from members, of racism and unacceptable actions by some students and community members towards certain ethnic groups as the COVID-19 epidemic moves into its third month.
Call to address root of work-related psychological injuries
24 February 2020
A government Bill before the NSW Parliament falls drastically short of addressing the key work health and safety issues experienced by members in schools and TAFE colleges, Federation has argued in its submission to an Upper House inquiry into the provisions of the proposed Bill.
Schools update for coronavirus
21 February 2020
Federation is aware of community concerns about the confirmation of novel coronavirus cases in NSW but has confidence in the guidelines and procedures for managing the situation set out by Australian governments and the health authorities.
Pollution concerns can be raised as WHS issue
12 February 2020
Unless all levels of government commit to urgent action to address this climate emergency, bushfire seasons are going to continue to become longer and more intense and the associated hazard of smoke is not going away any time soon.
A model of teacher union effectiveness in changing times
7 February 2020
A new doctoral thesis outlines how Federation has strategically responded to neoliberalism and marketisation affecting the working conditions of teachers in NSW.
Why it pays to belong: back at work, thanks to Federation
3 July 2019
A teacher has praised the union for the “extensive professional support” afforded to them on their road back to full-time teaching after a protracted recovery from a work-related injury.
Student suspension and expulsion procedures need improvement
13 April 2019
The Department is conducting a review of the suspension and expulsion procedures and the discipline policy but at this stage there are no terms of reference.
Domestic violence leave days increased
4 March 2019
After years of campaigning by Federation and other unions, teachers can now access up to 10 days of domestic violence leave each year without being required to exhaust other forms of leave first.
NSW public sector gets paid DV leave
19 November 2018
Federation has welcomed the announcement by the NSW Government that it will introduce 10 days of paid domestic and family violence leave per year for NSW public sector employees, including teachers.
Help is on its way
15 November 2018
Federation is in the final stages of preparing a toolkit titled “Bullying: a Work Health and Safety Issue” to be sent to Federation committees to raise awareness of the risk of injury due to bullying in workplaces.
Clarification on work placement contact
23 August 2018
Site visits are not mandatory for contact with students on work experience or work placement, it has been confirmed.