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Director-General's weekly message for staff - 12 November 2010

New approach to teacher housing

The outcomes of the independent review into teacher accommodation were released this week. The department will be working towards implementing an improved policy and new procedures to ensure that teachers have fair and equitable access to low-cost, quality accommodation in rural and remote locations. This new approach will be based on three guiding principles - need, incentive and equity. One of the major reforms will be the introduction of individual tenure periods for each centre, rather than a blanket six-year tenure for all centres. I would like to thank everyone who took part in the state wide consultation process earlier this year. It is anticipated that the new policy and procedures will come into effect from the start of the 2012 school year. Staff can read about the outcomes of the review on OnePortal.

Indigenous training projects

The department is partnering with local councils to carry out skills audits in Indigenous communities across the state. The project aims to identify the existing skills base, training needs, perceptions and aspirations of Indigenous Queenslanders. An audit has been completed for south-west Queensland, taking in Indigenous communities around Roma, St George, Cunnamulla and Charleville. Staff are now working with community leaders and local service providers to coordinate activities that will help achieve the identified training and employment outcomes. A second audit is currently under way in Cherbourg, with further opportunities being explored to expand the project to the Surat, Bowen and Gallilee Basins.

As part of a separate, federally-funded initiative, the TAFE Queensland Regional Network has been successful in its bid to deliver aged-care training in more than 24 rural and remote Indigenous communities across the state. This is a wonderful example of our regional TAFE institutes banding together to improve their business capabilities and increase access to training for regional Queenslanders. Barrier Reef, Central Queensland, Mount Isa, Southern Queensland, Tropical North Queensland and Wide Bay Institutes of TAFE will be working together to deliver this project.

Safety first in curriculum activities

There are health and safety risks for students in all quality learning experiences, from art classes to music lessons and science experiments to sporting activities. The revised Curriculum Activity Risk Management procedure External Link was published online this week, along with the guidelines, tools and templates for schools to effectively identify and manage these risks. Developed in close consultation with schools, recreational and professional associations, the guidelines cover 142 curriculum activities. It is important for all school staff to be familiar with the revised procedure and guidelines. Further information and resources are available for staff on OnePortal.

Remembrance Day

Staff and students paused for a minute's silence at 11am yesterday to remember all the Australians who have died or suffered in war. Many of our schools, TAFE institutes and early childcare centres lowered their flags to half mast and held special assemblies for Remembrance Day.

If you have any queries regarding departmental initiatives, please send them to the Inquiries Mailbox.

For more news go to OnePortal or the Training Employee Portal (DETE employees only) under Marketing and Communication, Newsletters.

Regards

Julie Grantham
Director-General

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