The TAFE Division represents teachers, managers and support
staff employees of the Polytechnic, Skills Institute, Trade Training Centres
and LINC’s. The AEU provides advocacy to members on individual issues, advice
and representation at the Office of the State Service Commission and
negotiates your wages and conditions for Workplace Agreements and Awards.
TAFE Division is just one part of the wider AEU, which is
the largest education union in Tasmania with over 6500 members working across
all educational settings and one of the largest unions nationally and can flex
its muscle in Canberra and at the State Government level to influence decision
makers on issues that are important to you. E.g. Review into Public VET
and Gonski Report.
The AEU supports its’ members with a full time TAFE
Organiser and a range of AEU support staff to provide membership advice,
research, welfare, RBF and Workers Compensation advice.
The AEU is the only educational union that can negotiate
wages and conditions for teachers working in TAFE and has the recognition of
Your AEU is the union for TAFE Division employees. One union
National TAFE Day - 3 June
Monday June 3 will be National TAFE Day. This will be a great opportunity to highlight the important work that TAFE does across the country by celebrating TAFEs’ achievements, and demonstrating the way in which TAFE has an impact in metropolitan, regional and rural communities
Visit the new national campaign site StopTAFECuts and find out how to get involved.
Also "like" the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/StopTAFECuts
You can also connect with the campaign on Twitter at @TAFECampaign.
Education Minister Nick McKim attended the AEU Branch Council meeting on Friday 31 August in Hobart, and acknowledged the lobbying campaign by AEU to Minister for DED - David O’Byrne and the Education Ministers’ office to intervene in the short-sighted TSI proposal to axe the Viticulture and Wine industry training. He added that he hoped with the support of Tasmanian wine producers and increased enrolments this program should lead to good outcomes for future training and a bright future all involved in the booming Tasmanian wine industry.
(photo Minister McKim& TAFE Organiser Cate Davey)
AEU welcomes return of VET single entity
Communication Number 1
Communication Number 2
Communication Number 3
Public Implementation Plan
26 July 2012
Communication Number 4
5 June 2012
“The AEU welcomed today’s announcement by Education Minister Nick McKim that a single entity for VET in Tasmania will be returned.
“The AEU TAFE Division has been advocating for almost two years for a return to a single entity and a restoration of the valued TAFE brand and name.
“We look forward to being part of the stakeholder group involved in working on the implementation of the changes.
“We are now looking at the detail of the report.
“The TAFE Division wishes to thank all members for their input that has helped achieve what appears to be a very positive result.”
Click here for further information.
2012 will be a critical year for TAFE!
Julia Gillard’s announcement on Wednesday regarding income contingent loans for VET diplomas has put funding for TAFE in the newspapers around the country. We have been sending details of the proposed changes, and the AEU’s response to TAFE members through our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts. We have included a series of links at the end of this email to various newspaper articles, as well as our factsheets about income contingent loans and TAFE funding. We hope you can use these as a basis for discussion with colleagues and friends.
The AEU is co-ordinating a strategy of lobbying targeted federal politicians in the first half of 2012. CoAG meets in March, and the new Skilling Australia's Workforce agreement has to be concluded by the end of June – these key dates will be our focus. In the lead up to CoAG and the signing of the new agreement we need to continue to remind both federal and state governments that TAFE is worth investing in.
Click here to view Skills for all Australians Report.
Support staff working in the Polytechnic and Skills Institute (TAFE) and LINCs under the Public Sector Unions Wage Agreement (PSUWA) would have received their wage increase and back pay to 1 December 2012.
Download the new Public Sector Unions Wage Agreement
WRIP’s & REDUNDANCIES
The Polytechnic is undergoing a process of restructuring and offering staff Workforce Renewal Incentive Packages. This means positions will not be made redundant and staff may take up a financial offer to leave the State Service. There are exclusion periods for working as a fixed term or permanent employee in the State.
The Skills Institute recently announced 55 FTE redundancies, which means positions have been identified as not viable and will be amalgamated, or abolished altogether.
As both the WRIP and Redundancy processes are complicated the AEU strongly advises that any employee considering these options should seek financial advice in the first instance.
Free Employee Assistance Providers services are also available to any employee who wishes to seek personal counselling. Talk to your AEU officer or HR contact person.
Useful links are www.dpac.tas.gov.au State Service Reforms and Employee Advice # 7 Targeted Voluntary & Involuntary Redundancy Packages.
www.ossc.tas.gov.au for Ministerial Direction 24 ‘Workforce Renewal Incentive Program’ and Ministerial Direction 25 State Service Vacancy Control Process’.
Click here for the WRIP's and Redundancies FAQ
Click here for the Vacancy Control Process
Excess Workload - Quit Now
Excess Workloads can be dangerous to your health!
If you are experiencing excess workload issues there IS something you can do! Your Agreement includes a clause on how to manage your workload and seek assistance from your Team/Unit Leader BUT you must keep records of hours of work, DOTT, break times and any on road assssments etc. Without accurate records showing what you do and when you do it then nothing can be done.
Click here to email Wayne at WayneT@aeutas.org.au for a poster and checklist kit to be sent out.
Click on the below links to read the AEU Federal office letters sent to Premier Lara Giddings seeking her commitment to protect the Tasmanian VET/ TAFE sector and to Federal Minister Chris Evans regarding funding to TAFE due to outcomes from COAG.
Letter to Premier Lara Giddings
Letter to Federal Minister Chris Evans
There are a few simple things you can do to help:
Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter or check out our website for up to date information
Talk to your colleagues about TAFE funding issues, and income contingent loans.
Write a letter to your local MP (state or federal) urging them to support investment in TAFE
Encourage colleagues, students and the wider community to join us in the campaign to Invest in Quality, Invest in TAFE
Education, Training and investment: Unlocking the future potential of Australia’s workforce 15 March 2013
Napthine falls short: TAFE needs more than a bandaid 14 March 2013
Time running out to save TAFE - 11 Dec 2012
Victorian TAFE Funding Cuts, Job Losses, Course Cuts and Campus Closures - 1 Oct 2012
Archaic employment conditions of TAFE teachers - 28 Sep 2012
Victorian TAFE Cuts hit women hardest - 26 Sep 2012
TAFE letter to minister Christopher Evans - 24 Sep 2012
TAFE interstate news round-up - 19 Sep 2012
Further threat to Victorian TAFE's - 8 Aug 2012
Vocational training faces fleecing and cuts - 7 Aug 2012
Talks underway for proposed 'super TAFE' - 7 Aug 2012
TAFE funding cuts put 340 jobs on the line - 9 July 2012
THE UNKINDEST CUT - 7 July 2012
Market models won't fix the problems in vocational education - May 29 2012
Social emphasis missing in TAFE plan - May 21 2012
Bush or bust - May 20 2012
TAFEs on a hiding to nothing - May 4 2012
AEU Federal Office Statement on the Funding Cuts to Victorian TAFE - May 3 2012
TAFE Folly - Privatisation fears for TAFE SA!
- November 3 2011
VET funding under the spotlight - Education Review
- November 2 2011
Students, TAFE Feel the Squeeze - John Ross
, The Australian, 5th October 2011
Adult Ed to Suffer
- The Examiner Friday 2nd September 2011
Virus of PPP Spreads Through VET Training System - John Ross
, The Australian, 9th September 2011
Bleak Future Tipped for TAFEs - John Ross
, The Australian, 7th September 2011
State Signs Up for VET Funding - John Ross
, The Australian, 3rd August 2011
Age article on TAFE reforms in Victoria By SARAH-JANE COLLINS
Report downgrades TAFE teachers – Leesa Wheelahan
, The Australian, 18 May 2011
More Spin than Spanner - Leesa Wheelahan
, The Age, 17 May 2011
TAFE –Big and bold but unloved - Leesa Wheelahan
, The Age, 3 September 2010
Michelle Purdy has recently been elected as National TAFE President and Sue Dart, Steve Cleary, Sarah Howe, Paul Lennard have been elected to represent TAFE Division members on the AEU Branch Council.
If you want to play a more active role in your union and represent the interests of members and their issues in your workplace TAFE Division has a number of vacancies that members can nominate for including - Vice President, Women’s Officer, Adult Ed representative, AEU Branch Council Delegate, Sub Branch Secretaries, Delegate to TAFE Executive and Delegate to TAFE Council from Burnie, Drysdale, Devonport and Launceston. TAFE Council meets 3 a year and TAFE Executive meets 8 times. If you are interested to know more about the role and functions you can contact Rex Calvert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 6234 9500.
The TAFE Division is governed by the TAFE Division Executive, the elected members of your Executive are:
TAFE Delegates to AEU Branch Council
Rex Calvert - TAFE Division President (TSI)
Steven Cleary – Campbell St (Poly)
Sue Dart – Campbell St (Poly)
Sarah Howe – Bathurst St (Poly)
Paul Lennard – Campbell St (Poly)
Spring Duncan - Campbell St (Poly)
TAFE Division Council Members
President – Rex Calvert (Skills)
2 x Deputy President Shane Pinner (Skills) and 1 x position vacant
Meg Watson (Polytech Alanvale
Stephen Deverell (Skills) Clarence
(Nominee) Glynn Howells (Poly) Clarence
plus Sub Branch Secretaries
AEU TAFE Federal Delegates
National TAFE President – Michelle Purdy (Polytech)
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander delegate - Michelle Purdy (Polytech)
National Executive Tasmanian delegate - Shane Pinner and Hugh Fielding
Sub Branch Secretaries
Hobart – Wendy Stothers (Polytech)
Drysdale – Stuart Rees (Skills)
Devonport – (Nominee) Aileen Powell
Launceston – Meg Watson (Polytech)
Bender Drive – vacant
Clarence – vacant
Burnie – (Nominee) Paul Nilssen
TAFE Executive Members
President – Rex Calvert (Skills)
Deputy Presidents –Shane Pinner (Skills) and 1 x position vacant
Allied (Support )Staff representative – Spring Duncan
Hobart Delegate – Liz Turbett (Skills)
Women’s Officer – (Nominee) Angela Kaufman
Adult Ed representative – position vacant
plus Sub Branch Secretaries
AEU TAFE Division Roles
2012 TAFE Executive and Council Meeting Dates
AEU Tas Branch Executive Council Information
A Brief Guide to the Federal Branch Rules, Tasmanian Branch, for TAFE Division Members
Four Term School Year, What does it mean for me?
WRIP's and Redundancies FAQ Sheet
I AM AN AST, What does this role mean for me?
Teaching and Delivery Requirements - Hours of Work
Are you eligible to become an AST1-Level 9 Teacher
DOTT Info Sheet
Breaks and Leave - What are my entitlements
Travel and Meal Allowances September 2012
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