- To provide a forum to discuss, and where possible resolve, workload-related issues.
- To provide a mechanism to resolve grievances on workload-related issues before going to the formal grievance stage.
- To enable School Education Act staff to participate in school decision making in respect to workload, teachers’ hours, timetabling.
- To provide advice to the Principal on how to use school resources to address workload issues. It is recognised the Principal has ultimate responsibility and authority for the operation of the school, including the allocation of resources, timetables and allocation of work.
|Composition of Committee
Equal numbers of School Administrators, including the Principal, and elected SEA staff, including a Union representative. Gender representation is essential.
|Meetings and Procedure
- Meetings once or twice per term, or as required.
- Meetings may be held in school time; however any teacher relief will be funded by the school.
- Agendas jointly prepared and circulated prior to meetings to allow consultation among staff members.
- Minutes of meetings kept and circulated to staff.
WACs may be used as part of the informal stage of dealing with workload-related grievances in the workplace. Meetings may be arranged to consider such matters and must be consistent with the grievance resolution procedures and held within prescribed timeframes.
|Matters Dealt with by Workload Advisory Committees
The WAC can compile a list of administrative and other tasks teachers currently perform. It is recognised that many of these tasks are necessary to the efficient running of schools and are system requirements. The WAC may review these tasks with a view to recommending the deletion or modification of the tasks that are unnecessary or inefficient.
- Curriculum improvement planning, curriculum framework, outcomes and standards framework and reporting.
- School development plans and planning.
- Use and allocation of DOTT time.
- Timetabling and allocation of teachers to classes.
- Ramifications of half cohort progression.
- Professional development of staff.
- Information technology.
- Performance management and accountability.
- Teacher collaboration.
- Duty of care considerations.
- Extra school activities and programs.
- Implications for schools of Department initiatives.
- Duties associated with Senior Teacher, special responsibility allowance and Level 3 Classroom Teacher.