Policy and Guidelines
The principal is to put in place formal staff consultative arrangements that ensure school staff have the choice and opportunity to be involved in the consultation process in the school.
The consultative arrangements must be agreed at the school no later than 1 September of each year to commence from Term 4 for the following 12 months.
The consultative arrangements must allow for the representation of employees for the purposes of consultation and the input of the union sub-branch, if one exists at the school. At a minimum the consultative arrangements will include:
- the consultative structure
- the operational procedures including the chair, and schedule of meetings;
- the arrangements to enable committee members (where the structure involves a committee) the opportunity and time to canvass views in their school;
- time release for one union nominee to enable consultation with the union sub-branch, which must be a minimum time release of 30 hours commencing term 4 for the following 12 months;
- the treatment of confidential material as it relates to employees of the school, and
- the method of communicating decisions to staff
Following receipt of the indicative student resource package each year, the principal is to use the consultation arrangements in making decisions about matters related to the long term planning for the following school year. As far as is practicable, the principal will determine the matters related to the long term planning for the following school year as early as possible in Term 4 and advise staff of those decisions in writing by the end of the last week in November.
As part of the consultative arrangements the principal will ensure that workforce planning information is available to staff to allow informed consultation to occur. Such information should include:
- the school strategic plan (or its equivalent)
- high level school Student Resource Package (SRP) data for the school. This requirement is satisfied where the following documents (or their successors) are provided: SRP Indicative Allocations, Management Report generated by the SRP Planner and SRP Confirmed Allocations, and
- anticipated enrolments and staff movements
The Department is committed to protecting the privacy of personal and health information held by the Department and its schools. In providing the documentation set out above principals should ensure that the privacy obligations set out in the Departmental policy are maintained. For the avoidance of doubt this does not require the principal to provide individual employee information (other than an employee’s name and teaching method).
Prior to 1 September each year schools are required to report to the Department on whether consultation arrangements have been agreed at the school level. Where a school reports that consultative arrangements have not been agreed the matter will be considered by the Department and a nominee of the relevant union(s) who will determine whether, in the particular circumstances, agreed arrangements can be implemented or the 'default' consultative arrangements set out in clause 12(4)(d) of the Agreement are to apply.
In order to fulfil the school's reporting obligations, principals must:
- report arrangements to the Department via the School Consultative Arrangements reporting (login required) - available between 1 August and 1 September
- complete and retain the School Based Consultation Arrangements form available on the Resources tab as a record of the agreed arrangements.
Non-school work locations
Regional Directors must put in place formal staff consultative arrangements that ensure regional teaching service staff have the choice and opportunity to be involved in the consultative process in the region. These arrangements should be consistent with the school based consultation model.
The Regional Director has ultimate administrative and operational responsibility for decisions at the relevant regional workplaces, provided that these decisions are made consistent with the consultative provisions of clause 12 of the Agreement.
Prior to 1 September each year, regions will report to the Department on whether consultation arrangements have been agreed at the regional level.
Where the Department proposes to introduce a significant change in the work required of principals the Department will provide an opportunity for principals and their union(s) to be consulted about that change and give consideration to matters raised by principals prior to the decision to implement any significant change.
Reviewed 08 September 2022