CCER has been incredibly busy throughout the last quarter. We are now approved to be a Teacher Accreditation Authority for Highly Accomplished and Lead educators for our Independent Catholic schools. We received the green light from the Education Minister after being nominated by a number of our schools and are now their one-stop-shop for the accreditation process. Click here to find out more.
CCER continues to advocate for all Catholic schools with the various government authorities. We have successfully advised the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) on its new teacher accreditation policies, including their draft maintenance policy and they recently contacted us to ask for more feedback.
Speaking of NESA, it has recently written to a number of teachers who haven’t met their requirements to maintain their accreditation within the allotted timeframe. Failure to do so could prompt NESA to suspend their accreditation, meaning the teacher will not be allowed to work in a NSW school. If you need help ensuring your staff have all their paperwork up to date, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
We’ve been kept busy with Enterprise Agreements throughout the state. The issues needing resolution between Diocese and the IEU in the systemic schools negotiations are getting narrower, and will hopefully be finalised soon, ready for the staff vote. There are also now only a few Independent School General Staff Agreements awaiting approval from the FWC. We are liaising with the Commission to ensure this happens as soon as possible. Plus we continue to act as the bargaining representative for a number of smaller agreements for individual employers.
In other matters, we’ve again found ourselves at the forefront in the fight for fair pay. We’ve stood up for the working poor after the Fair Work Commission decided to increase the minimum wage by just 3.3%. Considering the cost of living these days, we believe it isn’t enough to help low-income families provide for their children and lead fulfilling, enriching lives. Our message was picked up by those in the mainstream media – including the ABC and the Australian. In the meantime, we have updated our pay schedules to reflect the FWC’s new minimum wage order. These will apply from the first full pay period on or after Saturday 1 July, 2017. To access these schedules, log in to the CCER member website and go to: http://ccercatholic.org.au/resources_categories/pay-rates-for-2017-2018/
CCER’s has provided various training and networking opportunities, among them the always popular Creating Great Catholic Workplaces seminar. Our workshop on Managing High Conflict Personalities was booked out – so we ran it for a second day to ensure no-one missed out.
Our team of expert Employment Relations Specialists (ERS) has been working hard to assist you with your workplace issues. In this quarter (to mid June) we’ve received more than 600 enquiries. Here are the top five based on the number of calls;
- Leave Entitlements
- Workforce planning and recruitment
- Pay rates and allowances
We’re pleased to note that more than 4,100 police checks have been processed through our new online service through the past three months.
These are just some of the operational matters CCER has been working on. To find out more, or to access our vast library of advice and resources, please visit our website: http://ccercatholic.org.au