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All COVID-19 updates

  • IEU disputes support staff stand downs at FWC

    The IEU has today taken a stand down dispute to the FWC – relating to support staff at All Saints Grammar at Belmore. The affected staff are mainly teacher’s aides or admin staff.

    3 Apr 2020
  • HSC update

    NESA’s Board has agreed to make adjustments to requirements to protect the health and safety of students completing the HSC and their teachers and parents. The decisions about the 2020 HSC have been made by NESA’s COVID-19 Response Committee.

    3 Apr 2020
  • Catholic Schools in NSW/ACT to go pupil free for next week

    The IEU acknowledges the decision made by the 11 Dioceses of NSW/ACT to implement Staff Development days for next week, in line with requests made by the union to provide teachers and support staff adequate time to prepare for a new hybrid learning environment.

    3 Apr 2020
  • Response to the federal government’s early childhood package

    News release: The IEU cautiously welcomes the federal government’s Early Childhood Education and Care Relief package, announced on Tuesday 2 April, which appears to embrace some of the sector’s concerns.

    2 Apr 2020
  • Ease the burden on early childhood education

    News release: The IEU calls on the federal and state governments to come up with a rescue package that is equitable to all employers in the early childhood education sector at its National Cabinet meeting on Friday 3 April.

    1 Apr 2020
  • No support staff stand-downs in virus crisis

    The IEU has made it clear that stand downs of support staff are during the COVID-19 pandemic are unnecessary.

    1 Apr 2020
  • Thousands have their working with children clearances extended: Office of the Children's Guardian (NSW)

    In a media release, the OCG has confirmed they been in touch with thousands of people whose Working With Children Check clearance are soon due to expire, letting them know that they have been given an additional six months before they need to renew.

    1 Apr 2020
  • IEUA letter concerning JobKeeper to Minister for Education Dan Tehan

    Today our federal office wrote to the Minister for Education seeking urgent discussions around the new ‘JobKeeper’ payment - specifically regarding our concerns that it does not adequately deal with the situation of many Casual Relief Teachers who will stand to lose much or all of their income in the short term.

    31 Mar 2020
  • COVID-19 action plan for early childhood services

    The IEU recommends that you check the following websites regularly. There is information and resources on dealing with Coronavirus in your service and it is updated regularly.

    31 Mar 2020
  • Key points on the JobKeeper payment: ACTU Update

    The ACTU has prepared a brief update on the Government's recently announced 'JobKeeper' wage subsidy plan, identifying it as a good start with a number of key shortcomings.

    31 Mar 2020
  • Statement from NGS for IEU members

    NGS has provided a statement for IEU members, answering some questions and concerns you may have about your superannuation.

    31 Mar 2020
  • Statement from ACTU Secretary Sally McManus on wage subsidy announcement

    The Morrison government has heard the Australian union movement’s call to ensure that all workers are covered by a wage subsidy program.

    30 Mar 2020
  • Lismore Catholic Schools Update

    The IEU has been lobbying the Lismore CSO to reconsider their position in allowing staff to work from home due to carers responsibilities and elevated levels of stress and anxiety in the current COVID-19 climate.

    30 Mar 2020
  • Australian Early Childhood employees need government support now

    The team at the Early Childhood Educator’s Well-being Project have written a letter to the State and Federal ministers and Shadow Ministers responsible for Early Childhood – urging governments to provide support for staff in early childhood centres.

    30 Mar 2020
  • Mortgage support from banks for workers

    After Unions NSW recently called on the banks to commit to deferring mortgage payments for the rest of the year to assist workers with mortgages and renters the Australian Banking Association (ABA) contacted Unions NSW regarding their position.

    30 Mar 2020
  • NSW Working With Children Check clearances extended in response to COVID-19

    The NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian has extended all WWCC clearances that were due to expire from 26 March 2020 to 26 September 2020 for a further six months.

    30 Mar 2020
  • State and territory governments given permission to act on school closures

    In a press conference today, 27 March, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that each of the states and territories will be granted license to pursue their own arrangements directly with schools, between now and the end of term.

    27 Mar 2020
  • IEU petition - Time and Trust: Remote Learning Now!

    Sign the IEUA NSW/ACT petition for an immediate transition to emergency schooling arrangements w/ reduced student attendance. Teachers & support staff must be given time and a safe work environment in the transition to a hybrid education model.

    26 Mar 2020
  • Letter from Jodie Harrison NSW Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning

    The NSW Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning has today written a letter to staff working in early childhood learning centres to thank them for the work they are doing in early childhood education during the uncertain times created by COVID-19. She has also attached a letter she wrote to the Minister for Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell with concerns about the impacts of COVID-19 on the NSW Early Childhood Learning sector.

    26 Mar 2020
  • COVID-19 and independent schools

    The IEU has written to members in independent schools about COVID-19 and the ongoing operation of independent schools.

    26 Mar 2020