Temporary appointments to permanent positions
The Department of Education and Communities reported to the joint monitoring and review committee meeting on April 11 that 2218 permanent vacancies are currently being filled by temporary teacher appointments. This reinforces the importance of Federation’s achievement in negotiating clause 2 of the school staffing agreement (2012– 2016). This clause determines that permanent vacancies may only be filled by temporary appointments when schools with fluctuating enrolments seek to minimise the nominated transfer of permanent teachers, or when a temporary teacher is appointed to implement a specific whole school program. Clause 22.3 of the award also obliges the Department to maximise the permanent employment of teachers.
The Department followed up an email notification to all schools on March 22 regarding its obligation to fill vacancies with permanent appointments, with a further email on May 6. This informed schools with temporary teachers being employed in permanent vacancies that Staffing Services would contact them to have these vacancies filled through “a strategy that accords with the staffing agreement and the award”.
Federation has written to the Department, requesting that sufficient resources be allocated to this task to ensure that vacancies are filled permanently by the end of the current school term on June 28.
It is expected that many hundreds of teachers will gain permanent employment through this process, and that temporary appointments will only continue if they comply with clause 2 of the staffing agreement. This matter will be the subject of a further report to the next quarterly meeting of the joint monitoring and review committee.