2016 Trade Union Training Program — Semester 1

This program contains information about Trade Union Training courses offered by Federation. Paid leave is available for union members attending these courses. Dates and details of the course are set out below (see Background Information for more details).

Course content

Beginning Teachers Conference


Duration:
1.5 days (Saturday and until lunch Sunday) or one day (Saturday) in Newcastle.

Designed for: Casual, temporary and permanent new (beginning) teachers in their first two years employed by the Department of Education in the schools sector. Participants also need to be located within a reasonable travelling distance of the conference.

Topics include:

  • gaining and maintaining accreditation
  • teachers’ conditions and entitlements
  • professional workshops focusing on classroom management and pedagogy (1.5-day conference)
  • insight into the diversity of the teaching experience
  • network-building
  • campaigns and issues affecting early career teachers.


Location:
Bundanoon, Lightning Ridge, Newcastle, Leeton and Arrawarra (north coast).

Federation is endorsed to provide QTC Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher. Refer to BOSTES or Federation websites for hours and standards.

Beginning Teachers Course


Duration:
One day

Designed for: Beginning teachers employed as permanent, temporary or casual in the schools sector by the Department and in the first two years of teaching.

Topics include:

  • gaining and maintaining accreditation
  • planning and programming in the primary or secondary school
  • teachers’ conditions and entitlements
  • the role and operations of Federation explained.


Location:
Bathurst and Queanbeyan with additional regional courses to be considered.

Federation is endorsed to provide QTC Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher. Refer to BOSTES or Federation websites for hours and standards.

Fundamentals for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts


Duration:
Two days

Designed for: Teachers elected by their colleagues to the honorary positions of school-based Federation Representative or Women’s Contact. Those considering nominating for these roles in the future and Workplace Committee members may be accepted into the course if room is available.

Topics: Development of fundamental knowledge and skills for Fed Rep and Women’s Contact roles including meeting procedure, methods to resolve workplace issues, recruitment and campaigning.

Location: Surry Hills (Sydney), Dubbo (term 1), Lismore (term 2).

Federation is endorsed to provide QTC Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher. Refer to BOSTES or Federation websites for hours and standards.

Fundamentals for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts (Women’s Only)


Duration:
Two days

Designed for: Women only who have been elected by their colleagues to the honorary positions of school-based Federation Representative or Women’s Contact. Those women members considering nominating for these roles in the future and women Workplace Committee members may be accepted into the course if room is available.

Topics: Development of fundamental knowledge and skills for women Fed Reps and Women’s Contact roles including meeting procedure, methods to resolve workplace issues, recruitment, campaigning, and issues affecting women in the workplace.

Location: Surry Hills, Sydney

Federation is endorsed to provide QTC Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher. Refer to BOSTES or Federation websites for hours and standards.

TAFE and Corrective Services Fundamentals for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts


Duration:
Two days

Designed for: TAFE and Corrective Services members statewide. Where the number of applications received exceeds available places, priority for placement on the course is given to members who are currently in the role of Fed Rep or Women’s Contact.

Topics: Development of fundamental knowledge and skills for Fed Rep and Women’s Contact roles including methods to resolve workplace issues, recruitment and campaigning.

Location: Surry Hills (Sydney)

Communicating and Negotiating Skills for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts


Duration:
Three days

Course designed for: Federation Representatives and Women’s Contacts who have successfully completed a Fundamentals for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts or Women’s Fundamentals course.

Topics:

  • public speaking
  • defining issues and negotiating solutions
  • communicating assertively and managing conflict
  • using web-based and media technologies for research and communication.


Location:
Surry Hills (Sydney)

Federation is endorsed to provide QTC Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher. Refer to BOSTES or Federation websites for hours and standards.

Skills for Federation Councillors and Skills for Aboriginal Councillors


Duration:
Two days

Course designed for: Association Representatives who are elected as Councillors/Proxies. Priority will be given to Councillors elected to the position for the first time.

Topics: The course aims to explain the operation of the Federation’s State Council and develop fundamental knowledge and skills for:

  • public speaking
  • advocacy
  • strategic planning
  • participation in democratic forums
  • effective reporting and liaison
  • effective communication
  • Standing Orders.


Location:
Surry Hills (Sydney)

Attendance at the Federation Council meeting immediately prior to the course dates is essential, either as a Federation Councillor, Proxy Councillor or as an authorised Observer.

Federation is endorsed to provide QTC Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher. Refer to BOSTES or Federation websites for hours and standards.

Association Presidents and Secretaries Course


Duration:
Two days

Designed for: Teachers elected by their colleagues to the honorary positions of President and/or Secretary of their local Association.

Topics:

  • the roles of the Secretary and President
  • current campaigns
  • media skills, writing and public speaking
  • developing and promoting a campaign
  • union structure and process
  • meeting procedure
  • legal responsibilities of the roles
  • problem-solving
  • administrative procedures
  • using the Federation website.


Location: Surry Hills (Sydney)

Federation is endorsed to provide QTC Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher. Refer to BOSTES or Federation websites for hours and standards.

Association Treasurers Course


Duration:
One day

Designed for: Association Treasurers

Topics: Develop necessary knowledge about their role and their responsibilities for Association funds. Federation accounting and record processes, book-keeping and the problems Association Treasurers could experience are also included in the course.

Location: Surry Hills, Sydney

Campaign Courses


A campaigns course is generally designed to target a specific group of members or to address a specific issue. These courses usually have a maximum of 20 participants and generally run for one or two days.

Background information


1. Is paid leave provided?

Yes. Each financial member of the Federation nominated by the union who is a permanent or temporary employee is entitled to a total of 12 days of Special Leave/Trade Union Training in any period of two years. Leave may also include travelling time during working hours, if necessary.

Casual school teachers not entitled to paid leave, who would have been employed on the day/s of the course, may apply to have their pay made up by Federation. Casual teachers should be aware that attendance at a Trade Union Training course may cause a break in service which could result in loss of service benefits.

All Officers within the education portfolio are covered for Trade Union Training leave. The TAFE Commission has currently continued the leave available to full-time TAFE teachers but leave is not available for part-time TAFE teachers. Part-time TAFE teachers should seek further advice from the Federation if they wish to attend a course.

2. Is Casual relief provided?

Yes. Federation pays the cost of relief to cover the classes of teachers attending Trade Union Training courses. This is on the proviso that the casual teacher engaged is used to cover the classes of the teacher attending the course. The schools sector of the Department makes no contribution to relief costs. The TAFE Commission provides 50 per cent of relief costs.

The principal should employ casual relief for you and inform the Department in the usual way. Federation reimburses the appropriate sectors of the Department of Education and Communities at a later date. There is no effect on your school’s budget. The relief must be used to cover the classes of the teacher on the course and is not transferable to any other date or teacher.

3. Is any financial assistance provided?

Yes. Full details are provided at the course. In summary:

(i) Travel: Member attending Federation courses are able to claim reimbursement towards the cost of travel, however air travel and accommodation must be arranged through Federation’s Travel Coordinator.

(ii) Meal allowances: Where participants need to stay overnight, meal allowances are paid. The allowance rate is determined by Council each year.

(iii) Accommodation: Accommodation is sometimes on a shared basis and Federation will make booking arrangements wherever possible through the Travel Coordinator.

(iv) Childcare: Childcare for non-school age children can be arranged by Federation, if required, but booking prior to the course is essential.

4. Who will be selected to attend?

Trade Union Training aims for a maximum of 20-22 participants for each Federation course. In selecting participants preference is given to current Federation Representatives, Women’s Contacts and Association Officers. Every effort is made to achieve a balance between primary and secondary, city and country members, and to provide access to courses to members in TAFE and other membership groups. Federation also aims to provide 50 per cent of places to women members. We reserve the right to give priority to applicants able to contribute to the union and who have shown a commitment to supporting Federation policies and campaigns.

5. How to apply

Submit an application form via Federation’s website www.nswtf.org.au or via Federation’s membership app.

Advise your principal that you have applied and indicate that casual relief will be paid for if you are accepted into the course. Successful applicants will receive an Authority for relief and casual replacement prior to the course via email. Those who do not receive a place on a course will receive an email and their application will be held over to the next suitable course in the current year.

6. Where can I get more information?

The 2016 Trade Union Training program for Semester 1 will be available here on the Federation’s website.

If you require further information, or have other inquiries, please contact Mel Smith, Trade Union Training Officer on 1300 654 369, (02) 9217 2100 or by email For women-only courses please contact the Women’s Coordinator, Anna Uren, on the numbers listed above or by email.