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Australian Education Union, Victorian Branch

Australian Education Union, Victorian Branch

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inside the AEU AEU TRAINING & PD Kim Daly and Rowena Matcott training officers Get your campaign on A well organised sub-branch is the key to a successful campaign. Our training program will show you how. The focus of our training is inevitably fluid during negotiations for new schools agreements. We still cover the basics of establishing and running an effective AEU sub-branch but we will also update members on the role that sub-branches play in the political cycle. It is essential that workplaces are organised and informed. CRT costs are provided for teacher and ES members and we recommend you share the load by sending two members. Our program over the coming months includes one-day and two-day AEU Active courses around the state, a consultation workshop online, ES programs, a CRT conference and another of our new GLBT professional development sessions — all details below. Bookings must be made online. Given the current campaign, we have postponed our AEU Active for special schools until later this year. AEU training is an excellent opportunity for networking and discussing how other schools and sub-branches operate. Members often comment that the courses are a chance to take time out from their huge professional demands and to consider the industrial rights and organisation of members at their workplaces. We are heartened to see a variety of members attending our courses, from those in the first year of their careers to others who have taught for more than 30 years. There are lessons to be learned from both ends. Please look at the program below and make your booking online at www.aeuvic.asn.au/calendar. We also deliver PD at schools. Email rowena.matcott@aeuvic.asn.au or kim. daly@aeuvic.asn.au for more information. ◆ AEU ACTIVE TWO-DAY COURSES August 1–August 2...........Abbotsford August 1–August 2...............Bendigo August 16–August 17.......Pakenham August 23–August 24......Abbotsford Sept 12–Sept 13...................Geelong ONE DAY COURSES July 26..............................Dandenong August 10................................Melton August 30..........................Abbotsford September 7.........................Warragul AEU Active for principals September 19 ...........AEU Abbotsford Consultation: Live & Online July 25.......................AEU Abbotsford Twilight dinner workshops September 10....................Venue TBA GLBT Introduction to supporting gender and sexual diversity in schools August 22................AEU Abbotsford AEU TRAINING CALENDAR TERM 3, 2012 GETTING A JOB Application writing and interview techniques July 24........................AEU Abbotsford August 7....................AEU Abbotsford August 13..............................Geelong August 14............................Wodonga August 16..............................Ballarat August 21............................Traralgon Sept 3........................AEU Abbotsford Returning to work September 19............AEU Abbotsford Application writing for leading teacher positions July 18.......................AEU Abbotsford September 5..............AEU Abbotsford Application writing for principal positions July 25.......................AEU Abbotsford September 10...........AEU Abbotsforfd OTHER EVENTS Branch conference August 4 ...................AEU Abbotsford Post-50 Retirement Seminar July 3..........................AEU Abbotsford WOMEN’S PROGRAM Conflict resolution July 30.................... AEU Abbotsford July 31......................AEU Abbotsford TAFE women councillors August 3..................AEU Abbotsford Returning to work September 19..........AEU Abbotsford Winter wellbeing August 15................AEU Abbotsford August 29................AEU Abbotsford Book online at www.aeuvic.asn.au/ calendar. AEU Prins Conference and Dinner August 30...............Sofitel, Melbourne CRT Conference July 12........................AEU Abbotsford K-6 Conference August 17 & 18 .........AEU Abbotsford NEW EDUCATORS Student Teachers Conferences September 28............AEU Abbotsford Young Member Activist Program Sept 10–14...............AEU Abbotsford Meet the principals August 28 (primary).AEU Abbotsford August 29 (sec)........AEU Abbotsford September 4..........................Geelong September 6..........................Ballarat September 11......................Traralgon September 13.......................Bendigo September 13................Warrnambool EDUCATION SUPPORT ES Conference August 31.........................Abbotsford ES twilight Conferences August 6...............................Swan Hill September 11........................Geelong ES Advocates Sept 10 - Sept 14......AEU Abbotsford ES Agreements August 15..................AEU Abbotsford ES=Empower and support August 20..................AEU Abbotsford All places can be booked on our online calendar. Go to www.aeuvic.asn.au/calendar, select the date of your chosen event and click through. 24 aeu news | june 2012

On the PHONES Membership Services Unit — 1800 013 379 Who’s paying my bus fare, your honour? Fiona Sawyer MSU officer WE GET a lot of calls about court attendance. There is no paid leave to attend court for personal matters; however teachers can apply for leave without pay or long service leave in such instances. If you attend court in your official capacity as a teacher — as a Crown witness or on summons — this is treated as duty and you can expect to be paid. You may also be entitled to claim necessary expenses on provision of receipts. Jury duty is another matter; this is a civic duty and any teacher called up is entitled to be paid under the Jurors Act 2000. The payment, made by the Government, is nominal, but is topped up by the Education Department to your normal salary. Behaviour checklist There is a checklist you can use to develop or review your school’s procedures for managing challenging student behaviour. Based on a WorkSafe document, we have developed it for schools. You can find it at www.aeuvic.asn.au/behaviour (PDF). Why we need your details About 16,000 of you voted in our ballot for industrial action which resulted in a successful stopwork rally attended by teachers and principals from all over the state. But if you couldn’t vote because you did not receive a ballot paper, it might be a timely reminder to update your details with us if you change school, address, name, or time fraction. Some of you will have missed out because the address on our records did not match the department’s payroll. You can change your details online at www.aeuvic.asn. au/update. You should also check your details on eduPay. The AEU is a national body and each state has its own branch. If you move interstate you need to change membership. We offer advice to members of Do you have an issue you’d like to see covered in On the Phones? Email aeunews@aeuvic.asn.au or call the MSU on (03) 9417 2822 or 1800 013 379. other branches but if you’re working here, join us! Is my new salary right? If you are a teacher on a fixed-term contract, a retired teacher coming back to work, or a contract teacher who’s just been made ongoing, there is a clear procedure for determining your starting salary in any new period of employment. Every teacher must be paid either the same salary they received in their previous employment or a higher level determined by the Education Department’s starting salary calculator, based on your total years of employment. The calculator can be found on the department website at tinyurl.com/c46uzkk and takes into account leave without pay, stopworks and in certain cases any work as a casual relief teacher. A few teachers with special salary arrangements may find on moving schools that their pay drops to the level they would have been on if not for the special arrangement. If you’re not sure if you are on the right level, ask your business manager to check. ◆ inside the AEU Top up your super before the end of the tax year. The end of the financial year is the perfect time to look at your super savings and make the most of any tax advantages available to you. If you are an ESSSuper member 1 , you have the opportunity to contribute extra 2 to your super. And if you contribute before June 30, you may be eligible for rebates and deductions in your upcoming tax return. Come and talk to us about how you can top up your super. Salary sacrifice into super and you may only have to pay 15% tax on those contributions. Contribute up to $3,000 on behalf of your low-income or non-working spouse and you may be eligible for a tax rebate of up to $540 3 . Make an after-tax super contribution and the Government may match what you put away by up to $1,000 4 . Take stock of your super today. You can check your current super balance at any time via the secure Members Online area at www.esssuper.com.au. Take action now, so you don’t have to worry in later years. ESS3189_(04/12)_AEU Tax time’s the perfect time to add to your super strength For more information visit www.esssuper.com.au or call 1300 655 476 to book an appointment with an ESSSuper Consultant. 1 Members include State Government employees who commenced employment prior to 1994. If you are not already an ESSSuper member you are not eligible to join. 2 Contribution cap limits apply and tax deductions will be assessed by the ATO (www.ato.gov.au). Limits subject to change in the 2012/13 tax year. 3 Paid into an existing or new Accumulation Plan account. 4 Provided you earn less than $61,920 in the 2011/12 tax year. This document is issued by Emergency Services Superannuation Board ABN 28 161 296 741 the Trustee of the Emergency Services Superannuation Scheme ABN 85 894 637 037 (ESSSuper). The information contained in this document is of a general nature only. It should not be considered as a substitute for reading ESSSuper’s Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) that contains detailed information about ESSSuper products, services and features. Before making a decision about an ESSSuper product, you should consider the appropriateness of the product to your personal objectives, financial situation and needs. It may also be beneficial to seek professional advice from a licensed financial planner or adviser. An ESSSuper PDS is available at www.esssuper.com.au or by calling 1300 655 476. Proudly serving our members www.aeuvic.asn.au 25

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