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BRISBANE REGISTERED OFFICE: 346 TURBOT ST SPRING HILL QLD 4000 P O BOX 418 FORTITUDE VALLEY QLD 4006 Phone: Fax:

07 3839 7020 07 3839 7021

Freecall: 1800 177937 Email: enquiries@qieu.asn.au Internet: www.qieu.asn.au

TOWNSVILLE OFFICE: LEVEL 1, 316 STURT STREET TOWNSVILLE QLD 4810 PO BOX 5783 TOWNSVILLE WEST QLD 4810 Phone: 07 4772 6277 Fax: 07 4772 6629 BUNDABERG OFFICE: 44 MARYBOROUGH ST BUNDABERG QLD 4670 P O BOX 1227 BUNDABERG QLD 4670 Phone: 07 4132 8455 Fax: 07 4151 5199 Ref: f:data/memberservices/information/inf104

ABN: 45 620 218 712

Wednesday, 7 February 2007

Applying for a Position in the Non-Government Sector 1.

The Non-Government Education Sector The non-government education sector includes Catholic Systemic and Non-Systemic Schools, Anglican Systemic and Non-Systemic Schools, the Lutheran School System, the Presbyterian Methodist Schools Association, the various Grammar Schools, Christian Community Schools, stand-alone independent schools, the Early Childhood Sector (Kindergartens and Preschools), Business Colleges, English Language Colleges and International Colleges. The Queensland Independent Education Union (QIEU) provides union coverage and a range of industrial and professional services to employees in the non-government sector.

2.

Industrial Regulation Employment conditions in the non-government sector are regulated by Awards and Certified Agreements and Deeds of Settlement (if one has been negotiated). Your employer is required to provide employees with access to these documents. A.

AWARDS The following Awards regulate the working conditions of employees in the non-government sector: (a)

Teachers’ Award - Non-Governmental Schools (TANGS): Covers primary and secondary teachers in non-government schools.

(b)

Early Childhood Education Award – State (ECHEA): Covers teachers and assistants in community pre-schools and kindergartens.

(c)

School Officers’ Award – Non-Governmental Schools (SOA): Covers clerical support staff, teacher aides, laboratory assistants and similar occupations in primary and secondary non-government schools.

(d)

English Language Colleges Award (ELICOS): Covers teachers and instructors in English Language Colleges.


B.

CERTIFIED AGREEMENTS & DEEDS OF SETTLEMENT The conditions contained in Awards can only be improved by negotiating new provisions in a Certified Agreement or Deed of Settlement. A separate Certified Agreement or Deed applies to each employer. Not all employers have negotiated and entered into a Certified Agreement or Deed. This has significant implications for the wages and conditions you are entitled to as an employee.

3.

Wage Rates Your employer must pay the relevant Award Rate. If you are a teacher covered by TANGS you may receive less than the Award if you choose to appear before a Magistrate and state in a private interview that you are teaching for religious purposes. Please note that if you exercise the exception provision you exempt yourself from all of the Award provisions including wages, sick leave, holiday pay, allowances, hours of duty and the like. [Award Rate for Band 2 Step 1: $36,963 p.a. as at September 2006] [See Attachment 1: Award Rates] Typical Certified Agreement Rates Each employer who has negotiated a Certified Agreement will have a separate salary schedule. However, the attached rates [Attachment 2: Typical Certified Agreement Wage Rates] are typical of the rates currently being paid in the non-government sector. [Typical Certified Agreement Rate for Band 2 Step 1: $45,145 as at 1 May 2006] These rates are also effectively the same as those rates paid in State schools. It is vital that you establish with your employer whether a Certified Agreement operates in the school and obtain a copy of the salary schedule. The difference between the Award rate and a typical Certified Agreement rate can be as much as $8,182 per annum for a Band 2 Step 1 Teacher (as at 1 May 2006).

4.

Hours of Duty Award Provisions TANGS makes the following provisions: Secondary Schools ................30 hours per week Primary Schools ....................27.5 hours per week Certified Agreements A number of employers have established certain hours of duty provisions in the respective Certified Agreement.

5.

General As an applicant you must keep in mind that you are seeking a position in private industry. The applications are as if you were applying for any position in private industry.

Ref:f:data/memberservices/information/inf104 (6 Sept 2005)

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Your application needs, therefore, to take the form of a private sector application in which you seek to convince the employer of your value as a potential employee. There may not always be specific selection criteria to address in your application. As a general guide you should point to your background and skills in the areas of: (a) (b) (c)

Academic / Subject areas Pastoral Care of Students The 'Other' Curriculum (see below).

Most positions are advertised through the employment section of The Courier Mail (or your local paper if in a regional area) or on their general website eg. Brisbane Catholic Education at www.bne.catholic.edu.au. Some employers will also advertise in The Australian. Catholic sector employers might also advertise in The Catholic Leader. Systemic Catholic employers rarely advertise general teaching positions and consider applications made to the relevant Catholic Education Diocesan Office. While some employment occurs at this level generally an interview is conducted by the relevant school Principal. Some schools / employers will keep a file of unsolicited applications and may request an interview if a position becomes available.

6.

Interview A successful application letter will only take the applicant to the next step - Interview. At the interview the approach adopted will be that of a private sector interview. As well as questions on your background in the areas of subject teaching, pastoral care and the other curriculum, the interview will try to establish your views around the mission/goals/value (ethos) statement of the particular school. Some time spent investigating such material will be invaluable.

7.

Offer of Employment An offer of employment will usually be in writing. If you accept the offer you should receive a letter of appointment.

8.

Letter of Appointment A letter of appointment should contain the following information. (a)

Classification, Band and Step. A four year trained graduate will begin at Band 2 Step 1.

(b)

Rate of salary either annually or per fortnight or per month.

(c)

Whether the position is continuing or fixed term. 'Continuing' means on-going employment. 'Fixed Term' means a defined commencement and finishing date.

(d)

Whether the position is full time or part time. If the position is part time it should state the number of hours per week.

Ref:f:data/memberservices/information/inf104 (2 June 2005)

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9.

The Other Curriculum Schools in the non-government sector typically provide students with a pastoral care program and other curriculum offerings as well as academic instruction. Usually the other curriculum is referred to as the extra-curricular or co-curricular program. Some schools see these as interchangeable terms; others draw a distinction. The TANGS provides that extra-curricular duties 'shall be voluntary and honorary and shall be arranged between the teachers and the school authority' (Clause 1.6.7). At the end of the day this clause is enforceable. However, you should recognise that an employer in the non-government sector is unlikely to offer you a position if you indicate that you will not participate in the other curricular program. Some employers recognise that participation in two activities per year is appreciated although it cannot be demanded under the Award. A few employers have established payment systems for participation in the other curricular program.

10.

Probationary Employment The TANGS Award makes no provision for employment on probation. The Award does allow employers to fill positions where there is an identifiable short term need for a fixed period of up to one year. Identifiable short term needs could include filling a position while a staff member is on maternity leave, extended sick leave or long service leave. You should be aware that changes to the Queensland Industrial legislation provide for a three (3) month probationary period (or a longer period, which is reasonable having regard for the work to be performed and which is agreed in writing prior to the commencement of the employment) for all employees.

11.

Joining your Union - QIEU Employment in the non-government sector is very fragile. While the government sector has some protection in the regulations governing employment, an employee in the non-government sector has only the minimal protection of the Industrial Relations Act. However, being a member of your Union does enhance that protection. Not only do you have access to skilled advice, but employers contemplating disciplinary procedures or termination are always keen to establish whether the person is a member of their Union or not. Membership of QIEU also gives you automatic insurance coverage for professional indemnity and professional negligence. This provides legal protection for you against a claim for negligence as well as cover for associated legal expenses. With increasing concerns regarding duty of care this added protection gives further peace of mind.

Ref:f:data/memberservices/information/inf104 (2 June 2005)

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12.

Union Policies QIEU has endorsed a number of policies relevant to employment practices in the non-government sector. Copies of policies on the Induction of Graduate Teachers, Self Appraisal and Professional Development are available.

13.

Want more Information? QIEU welcomes the opportunity to assist employees in the non-government sector. We offer a range of industrial advice, professional development opportunities and membership benefits. As a member you have access to these membership benefits and services. We look forward to working with you in the non-government sector.

TERRY BURKE GENERAL SECRETARY

Ref:f:data/memberservices/information/inf104 (2 June 2005)

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Attachment 1

Award Rates Teachers’ Award – Non-Governmental Schools Wage Rates Operative 1 September 2006

Per Hour

Classification

Band 1 Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Band 2 Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Band 3 Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4

Parttime Per Hour

[Clause 15 (1)(a)] Part-time & Casual - Casual Loading)

1292.00 1319.40 1352.80 1388.20

24.38 24.89 25.52 26.19

29.98 30.62 31.40 32.22

33707 34422 35294 36217

1417.70 1476.70 1535.50 1594.40 1649.40

26.75 27.86 28.97 30.08 31.12

32.90 34.27 35.64 37.00 38.28

36987 38526 40060 41597 43032

1694.50 1743.70 1792.80 1841.90

31.97 32.90 33.83 34.75

39.33 40.47 41.61 42.75

44208 45492 46773 48054

Per Fortnight

Per Annum

Note: the above rates apply to employees on the Award wage. If Enterprise Bargaining has taken place between your Employer and the Union, then you will be paid the wages agreed in that process, not the Award wages.

Ref:f:data/memberservices/information/inf104 (6 Sept 2005)

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Attachment 2

Typical Certified Agreement Wage Rates Teachers employed in Queensland Catholic Schools As from 1 May 2006 (4% or $30 per week whichever is the greater)

As from 30 April 2007 (4% or $30 per week whichever is the greater)

As from 28 April 2008 (4% or $30 per week, whichever is the greater)

Casual

Casual as from 22 January 2007

Fortnightly

Annual

Full time (hourly)

Casual

Fortnightly

Annual

Full time (hourly)

Casual

Fortnightly

Annual

Full time (hourly)

Step 1

1,532.10

39,971

25.5350

35.5563

31.4081

1,593.40

41,571

26.5567

32.6647

1,657.10

43,233

27.6183

33.9706

Step 2

1,574.50

41,078

26.2417

36.5403

32.2773

1,637.50

42,721

27.2917

33.5688

1,703.00

44,430

28.3833

34.9115

Step 3

1,627.30

42,455

27.1217

37.7656

33.3597

1,692.40

44,154

28.2067

34.6942

1,760.10

45,920

29.3350

36.0821

Step 4

1,683.30

43,916

28.0550

39.0653

34.5077

1,750.60

45,672

29.1767

35.8873

1,820.60

47,498

30.3433

37.3223

Step 1

1,730.40

45,145

28.8400

40.1583

35.4732

1,799.60

46,950

29.9933

36.8918

1,871.60

48,829

31.1933

38.3678

Step 2

1,826.30

47,647

30.4383

42.3839

37.4392

1,899.40

49,554

31.6567

38.9377

1,975.40

51,537

32.9233

40.4957

Step 3

1,921.90

50,141

32.0317

44.6026

39.3990

1,998.80

52,147

33.3133

40.9754

2,078.80

54,234

34.6467

42.6154

Step 4

2,017.80

52,643

33.6300

46.8282

41.3649

2,098.50

54,748

34.9750

43.0193

2,182.40

56,937

36.3733

44.7392

Step 5

2,114.00

55,153

35.2333

49.0608

43.3370

2,198.60

57,360

36.6433

45.0713

2,286.50

59,653

38.1083

46.8733

Step 1

2,194.10

57,243

36.5683

50.9197

44.9791

2,281.90

59,533

38.0317

46.7790

2,373.20

61,915

39.5533

48.6506

Step 2

2,274.70

59,345

37.9117

52.7902

46.6314

2,365.70

61,719

39.4283

48.4969

2,460.30

64,187

41.0050

50.4362

Step 3

2,354.70

61,432

39.2450

54.6468

48.2714

2,448.90

63,890

40.8150

50.2025

2,546.90

66,447

42.4483

52.2115

Step 4

2,439.50

63,645

40.6583

56.6148

50.0098

2,537.10

66,191

42.2850

52.0106

2,638.60

68,839

43.9767

54.0913

Classification

Band 1

Band 2

Band 3

Ref:f:data/memberservices/information/inf104 (2 June 2005)

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Queensland Anglican Schools Minimum Pay Rates

TEACHERS 01-Jan-07 Classification

Per Fortnight

Per Annum

Band 1 Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4

1,596.10 1,640.50 1,694.80 1,752.40

41,641 42,799 44,216 45,718

Band 2 Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5

1,800.10 1,895.70 1,994.30 2,093.80 2,193.60

46,963 49,457 52,029 54,625 57,229

Band 3 Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

2,276.80 2,360.00 2,443.20

59,399 61,570 63,741

Step 4

2,526.30

65,909

Senior Teacher

2,631.40

68,651

91.70

2,392

5.05

132.00

PAR Point Northern Allowance

Ref:f:data/memberservices/information/inf104 (7 Feb 2007)

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Queensland Lutheran Schools TEACHERS Classification Band 1 Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Band 2 Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Band 3 Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Masters Degree/ 2 Degrees Moderation Allowance Northern Allowance LT1 LT2

3.5% from 1 June 2004

As at 5 January 2003

3.5% from 1 July 2005

3.5% from 1 July 2006

fortnightly

annual

casual

fortnightly

annual

part-time

casual

fortnightly

annual

part-time

casual

fortnightly

annual

part-time

casual

1377.60 1416.70 1464.20 1514.80

35941 36951 38200 39520

30.90 31.80 32.90 34.00

1425.80 1466.30 1515.40 1567.80

37198 38254 39535 40902

23.7630 24.4380 25.2570 26.1300

33.0890 34.0290 35.1690 36.3850

1475.70 1517.60 1568.40 1622.70

38500 39593 40918 42335

24.5950 25.2930 26.1400 27.0450

34.2470 35.2200 36.3990 37.6590

1527.30 1570.70 1623.30 1679.50

39846 40978 42350 43816

25.4550 26.1780 27.0550 27.9920

35.4450 36.4520 37.6730 38.9770

1557.00 1643.20 1729.20 1815.70 1902.40

40621 42870 45116 47370 49632

35.00 36.90 38.80 40.80 42.70

1611.50 1700.70 1789.70 1879.20 1969.00

42042 44370 46691 49026 51369

26.8580 28.3450 29.8280 31.3200 32.8170

37.3990 39.4690 41.5350 43.6120 45.6960

1667.90 1760.20 1852.30 1945.00 2037.90

43514 45922 48325 50743 53167

27.7980 29.3370 30.8720 32.4170 33.9650

38.7080 40.8500 42.9870 45.1390 47.2950

1726.30 1821.80 1917.10 2013.10 2109.20

45037 47529 50015 52520 55027

28.7720 30.3630 31.9520 33.5520 35.1530

40.0630 42.2800 44.4910 46.7190 48.9490

1974.40 2046.80 2118.70 2195.20

51511 53400 55275 57271

44.30 46.00 47.60 49.30

2043.50 2118.40 2192.90 2272.00

53313 55267 57211 59274

34.0580 35.3070 36.5480 37.8670

47.4250 49.1630 50.8920 52.7280

2115.00 2192.50 2269.70 2351.50

55178 57200 59214 61348

35.2500 36.5420 37.8280 39.1920

49.0840 50.8830 52.6740 54.5730

2189.00 2269.20 2349.10 2433.80

57109 59201 61286 63495

36.4830 37.8200 39.1520 40.5630

50.8010 52.6630 54.5170 56.4830

2195.20

58057

2272.00

59274

2351.50

61348

2433.80

63495

20.40

532

21.10

550

21.80

569

22.60

590

13.50

352

14.00

365

14.50

378

15.00

391

7.30

190

7.60

198

7.90

206

8.20

214

91.40 160.40

2385 4185

94.60 166.00

2468 4331

107.40 171.80

2802 4482

111.20 177.80

2901 4639

Casual hours were calculated with a divisor of 53 with 23% loading From 1 July 2005 Leading Teacher One includes a one-off 10% increase Ref:f:data/memberservices/information/inf104 (2 June 2005)

Part-time hours were calculated with a divisor of 60

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PROGRESSION OF A 4 YEAR TRAINED TEACHER

BAND TWO BAND 2 STEP 1 BAND 2 STEP 2 BAND 2 STEP 3

Annual Increments

BAND 2 STEP 4 BAND 2 STEP 5

BAND THREE BAND 3 STEP 1 BAND 3 STEP 2 Annual Increments

BAND 3 STEP 3 BAND 3 STEP 4 Written Undertaking

SENIOR TEACHER 1000 hours Part Time = 1 year of service 1200 hours Supply = 1 year of service Ref:f:data/memberservices/information/inf104(7 Feb 2007)

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