In addition to considering the Premier’s surprise last-minute pay offer to all public sector workers (see top story), Branch Council has been tasked with working on a DOE teacher counteroffer at its meeting today (Friday, 14 June).

The counteroffer is to reflect the strong member feedback received over the last month through an online poll and rounds of member meetings. It was agreed by Council that central to the counteroffer must be removal of the relief teacher loading reductions and retention of the two-hour reduction in primary school instructional load.

We are awaiting costing information from the government to assist with developing the counteroffer.

Meanwhile, we know that sourcing relief teachers remains a critical problem in many schools and colleges and we have written to Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff asking him to set-up a taskforce to develop evidence-based solutions to the crisis.