Correctional education officers can now reclaim their full non-attendance time rights following intervention by Federation Officers and delegates.
When issuing the non-attendance time calendar for 2015, Corrective Services NSW inserted a statement requiring correctional education officers’ 10-day entitlement to be taken only in the first week of January and the last week of December. Restrictions of this kind have not been imposed previously.
In a meeting with Corrective Services management, Federation Officers objected to the new requirement, indicating that it contravened correctional education officers’ right under the award to be consulted by senior correctional education officers on when education staff members within each centre are to take non-attendance time. Corrective Services Teachers Association executive members advocated that a continued education staff presence in correctional centres throughout the year has always assisted Corrective Services NSW in its management of offenders.
Adult Education and Vocational Training Institute principal Anthony Becker subsequently issued a correcting memorandum to senior correctional education officers dated July 15 that confirms that correctional education officers are to be consulted by senior correctional education officers and that correctional education officers may apply for their non-attendance time entitlement from among any of the 12 weeks of designated non-attendance time periods, subject to Corrective Services NSW approval.
The memorandum restores the usual application and approval processes for when non-attendance time is taken by correctional education officers in 2015.