TAFE teaching staff

Background

Our current Victorian TAFE Teaching Staff Multi-Business Agreement (MBA) 2009 continues to operate while bargaining occurs for a new enterprise agreement to support the University and our staff.

Enterprise agreement

We have recently commenced bargaining for the new TAFE enterprise agreement.

Our University has an exciting few years ahead, as we rise together to meet the challenges in our sector and reinvent ourselves for our future.  We are dedicated to making this University a great place for our staff, students and our communities.

The enterprise agreement will support our future operations, staff and teaching.  Therefore, it is critical that we all give this process the due consideration and respect that it deserves while being mindful of the fiscal environment we are in.

We will be open and transparent with you throughout this negotiation, and look forward to working with everyone to create a productive enterprise agreement that will help shape a sustainable future for our University.

Our goals for the 2018 enterprise agreement

  • be fair, reasonable, responsible and sustainable;
  • be aligned to our strategic direction;
  • support future sustainability, financially and operationally;
  • have conditions that support improved performance and assist us to react quickly, to be innovative and future-thinking; and
  • reduce industrial relations complexity and operational process complexity, and therefore reduce unnecessary administrative and operational time and costs.

Who represents you in bargaining

Staff were notified of their representational rights in relation to the upcoming round of bargaining in an all staff email on 12 June 2018, and again in FedNews on 13 June 2018.

If you are a member of a union, your union is the automatic default representative in enterprise bargaining.  At FedUni there is one staff union, the Australian Education Union (AEU).

Your engagement

The University encourages all staff to be involved in the enterprise bargaining process.  It is important that the University understands staff views and that staff have an opportunity to contribute to the discussion.

Suggestions, questions or feedback about the enterprise bargaining process can be emailed to TAFE-EB-feedback@federation.edu.au.

If you are a member of the AEU, you can also provide them with your feedback.

Bargaining meetings

A series of bargaining meetings between the University and Union are scheduled to productively discuss the University's position and claims put forward by the Union bargaining representatives. We will continue to provide regular brief updates to you on this web page.

2 October 2018

Federation University Australia (FedUni) and the Australian Education Union (AEU) met on Tuesday, 2 October 2018 to continue discussions for a new Enterprise Agreement for our TAFE teachers.

Both parties continue to negotiate in good faith and are seeking to maintain positive momentum towards a new agreement that supports both the aspirations and needs of our staff and our goal to build a strong, secure and sustainable future for us all.

Further meetings are scheduled for: Tuesday, 9 October; Friday, 19 October; and Tuesday, 23 October.

Meeting overview

Discussions commenced with a brief recap of the last meeting and review of actions undertaken by the parties arising from that meeting.

The AEU provided FedUni with feedback on proposed Annual Leave and Long Service Leave provisions, including proposed wording which addresses concerns the AEU raised in the last meeting.

FedUni will consider the feedback and respond to the AEU at our next meeting.

Discussions took place on “Working Arrangements” and “Hours of Work and Allocation of Duties”, two very important provisions for both parties. FedUni tabled a number of proposed clauses for consideration by the AEU, including “Conversion to ongoing employment”, “Span of ordinary hours”, “Allocation of duties and associated hours” and “Excess teaching duty hours”.

FedUni agreed to provide the AEU with a proposed conversion clause for casual employees, as well as further details on rostered hours of duty which provides greater flexibility, while recognising work undertaken after hours.

Key outcomes of the meeting were:

  • FedUni to provide the AEU with a revised “Conversion to ongoing employment” clause
  • FedUni to provide the AEU with details of proposed rostering of hours of duty
  • FedUni to respond to the AEU proposals for Annual Leave and Long Service Leave
  • Agreed scheduling of a further three meetings

The parties will continue discussions on 9 October, where a number of outstanding leave clauses will be discussed.

20 September 2018

Federation University Australia (FedUni) and the Australian Education Union (AEU) met for a fourth time on Thursday, 20 September 2018 to continue discussing a new Enterprise Agreement for our TAFE teachers.

The meeting was very positive and productive and we reached in principle agreement on a number of important clauses, including Cultural and Ceremonial Leave.

This leave is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees for religious, cultural or ceremonial purposes to meet their customs and obligations under traditional lore, and to participate in ceremonial activities.

Meeting Overview

The meeting commenced with a brief recap of meeting three, including a review of the draft table of contents FedUni provided to the AEU for consideration and feedback.

This document included the initial position of FedUni on a number of leave entitlement clauses.

In principle agreement was reached on several of these clauses including improved Cultural and Ceremonial Leave entitlements, while discussions will continue on Family Violence Leave and Parental Leave provisions.

The meeting went on to discuss the position of both parties on Freedom of Association rights and Trade Union Leave.

Key outcomes of the meeting were in principle agreement to the following clauses:

  • Compassionate Leave
  • Emergency Response Leave
  • Court Attendance Leave
  • Cultural and Ceremonial Leave
  • Study Leave
  • Sabbatical Leave
  • Trade Union Training Leave
  • AEU Union Representative Time Allowance

The parties will continue discussions on 2 October, where “Working Arrangements” and “Hours of Work and Allocation of Duties” will be discussed.

11 September 2018

Federation University Australia (FedUni) and the Australian Education Union (AEU) met for a third time on Tuesday, 11 September 2018 to continue discussions for a new Enterprise Agreement for our TAFE teachers.

Discussions between both parties continued to be constructive, and two further meetings have been scheduled for Thursday, 20 September and Tuesday, 2 October.

Meeting Overview

The meeting commenced with a brief recap of meeting 2 including action items. FedUni provided a draft table of contents, which the parties will use to populate with preferred wording for individual clauses as part of the negotiation process. FedUni also provided 13 leave entitlements clauses which the AEU will consider, including updated Parental Leave entitlements, access to paid Family Violence Leave, and Cultural and Ceremonial Leave entitlements.

The AEU suggested agenda items for the next meeting between the parties on 20 September include Freedom of Association rights and Trade Union Leave, as well as continuing discussions on the FedUni leave proposals. The parties also agreed to a further meeting on 2 October, where “Working Arrangements” and “Hours of Work and Allocation of Duties” will be discussed.

We look forward to continuing this ongoing and collaborative approach towards negotiating a new EA for our TAFE teachers that supports both the aspirations and needs of our staff and our goal to build a strong, secure and sustainable future.

4 September 2018

Federation University Australia (FedUni) and the Australian Education Union (AEU) met for the second time on Tuesday, 4 September to discuss a new enterprise agreement (EA) for FedUni TAFE teachers.

The meeting was both positive and productive and highlighted the areas where there is common ground between both parties on issues that are most interest to our staff.

The meeting allowed both FedUni and the AEU to outline the key aspects and terms and conditions of the new agreement that are most important to both parties.

Key items discussed at this meeting included:

  • adoption of more streamlined clauses, resulting in a more user-friendly and less complicated enterprise agreement;
  • introduction of paid Family Violence Leave;
  • improvements to parental leave provisions; and
  • engaging in further discussions about a new classification structure for TAFE teaching staff.

These items will now be progressed over the coming weeks as negotiations begin to focus on the specific entitlements and details of the agreement.

The next scheduled meeting will occur on Tuesday, 11 September where a number of leave clauses will be discussed.

It was also agreed that FedUni will produce a table of contents for the parties to populate with preferred wording for individual clauses as negotiations progress.

We look forward to continuing this collaborative approach to negotiating a new Enterprise Agreement for our TAFE teachers which supports both the aspirations and needs of our staff and the University’s goal to build a strong, secure and sustainable future.

21 August 2018

Negotiations commenced on Tuesday, 21 August between Federation University Australia (FedUni) and the Australian Education Union (AEU) for a new enterprise agreement (EA) for FedUni TAFE teachers.

The new EA for TAFE teachers is an important part of our future success and I want to outline our goals for the EA, and explain how this approach aligns with other initiatives underway across FedUni.

As you are aware, there has been a lot happening over the past few months to support FedUni Next and to address FedUni’s challenging financial position.

As an organisation, we need to continuously adapt to meet the changing needs and expectations of both students and the community and to help address our challenges, and do so against a backdrop of declining financial results and student numbers.

In this context, FedUni is committed to delivering a single enterprise agreement for TAFE teachers that supports both the aspirations and needs of our staff and our goal to build a strong, secure and sustainable future for all.

At FedUni, we are proud of the high quality vocational education and training that we deliver to the people, industries and communities of western Victoria.

This is why we want to negotiate an agreement that rewards and recognises the dedication, hard work and commitment of our TAFE teachers – while preparing us for a strong and secure future.

Until we have secured a new agreement, the conditions of the expired Victorian TAFE Teaching Staff Multi-Business Agreement 2009 (the MBA) are still applicable to TAFE teachers.

Both Federation University Australia and the AEU are committed to good faith bargaining and negotiating a considering the perspectives and needs of all parties. Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 4 September, with a commitment to ongoing weekly discussions thereafter.