Who are the authors of this Agreement? Why was there no consultation before it was published?

The Catholic Commission for Employment Relations works on behalf of Catholic Employers in NSW and the ACT. The proposed Agreement was drafted by CCER on behalf of, and in consultation with, the 11 Catholic Education/Schools Office in NSW and the ACT.

You can find a range of information on the Foundations for Excellence website, but in brief, the proposal is Catholic Education’s response to:

- growing community, pupil parent and teacher expectations
- funding and policy developments around curriculum and professional standards
- evolving research on new ways teaching and learning can flourish.

It was created in the context of a changing educational landscape in order to support improved teaching and learning by being flexible, clear, concise and practical, and as a catalyst to begin talking about new ways of working.

Just as the IEU have provided their Log of Claims, employers have provided the proposed Agreement as a framework to begin discussions. We have taken the view that the best way to start a conversation on the future of enterprise bargaining and our schools is to put forward a concrete proposal and ask for feedback and comment.  There are levels of detail that are to be worked out through a consultation process with the Union, schools, teachers and CEO/CSOs – this will take place over the coming months. It is by no means the final word and is intended as a starting point for this process.

2 thoughts on “Who are the authors of this Agreement? Why was there no consultation before it was published?”

  1. Who is proposing these discussions on current working agreement changes? I have been in my diocese for 32 years, 17 in an executive position, and no one asked me! Unfortunately the agreement was either, very poorly written, or, written to evoke anger and criticism from those it affects…us teachers. What did you expect?

    1. Thanks for your comments Gerard. The proposal was created by the Directors of Education from the 11 Catholic Dioceses in NSW and the ACT. It is a response to a number of factors that are impacting education in Australia today, including the growing expectations of students and parents, the impact of technology and increasing workload of teachers, the move to a national approach to teacher accreditation, changes to funding and policy developments – as well as evolving research on new ways teaching and learning can flourish. It is also influenced by changes that are taking place in DEC and other systems across NSW and the country.

      The proposal is only a draft, intended to present a range of ideas about how these issues might be addressed. It is by no means the final word, and employers are now engaged in a consultation with staff, as well as formal negotiation with the Union, to look at what in the proposal might work, what doesn’t and what could work better.

      As you rightly point out, one of the key lessons in this process is the need for continued consultation with all school staff about these issues impacting schools. We are using the feedback we have received to inform the ongoing negotiations and we hope that these discussions will continue – during the formal bargaining period and continuously in the future.

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