Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, as the axiom goes, and this edition of Education is a “real-time” example. With most of the machinery of society and industry either on pause or in emergency mode, Federation made the difficult decision to distribute this journal electronically in place of the paper version. It is anticipated this will be a one-off, with the print edition to return as soon now that daily life is beginning to return to something resembling normal. Federation has not been on pause, however. These are unprecedented circumstances for the teaching profession, students, parents and our public school communities but the union has continued in its own mode of operation. Staffing, our Award, the plight of our TAFE colleagues and Valuing the teaching profession — An independent inquiry have continued to be a focus for the union.
It has been a challenging start to the year, with the drought, bushfires, floods and now the COVID-19 pandemic, but Federation has been there to support its members. Senior Officers visited bushfire-ravaged school communities on the first day of term and the union has made relief funds available for those members affected. On that note, our focus this year is on the wellbeing of teachers, highlighted by the announcement that Federation has commissioned a panel of eminent people to conduct an inquiry into the work of teachers with a view to presenting a report on the value of the profession.
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