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Hands off, Gardner!

Updated: 1 June 2020

The Marshall Government is proposing radical changes to how the Teachers Registration Board is managed under the Teachers Registration & Standards Amendment Bill.

Why is this important?

The Teachers Registration Board was established as an independent statutory authority to regulate the teaching profession under the Teachers Registration and Standards Act 2004 and the Teachers Registration and Standards Regulations 2016.

The Australian Education Union (then called the South Australian Institute of Teachers) was instrumental in the establishment of the Board, by the profession, for the profession.

All working teachers are required to be registered by law.

The Teachers Registration Board implements policies, sets professional standards and investigates complaints and grievances.

The Board currently consists of 16 members, and the Act requires at least half the members of the Board must be teachers. Within the current legislation members of the Board are nominated by the Minister for Education, Department for Education, Australian Education Union, Association for Independent Schools, Catholic Education Office, Independent Education Union and the Universities of the State.

All this could change.

What does it mean for me?

Major changes proposed as part of the Bill include:

  • Amendments to the composition of the Board so that there is only a requirement for three teachers to be on the Board. These teachers will be chosen by the Minister of the day.
  • Remove the involvement of the AEU and other unions to nominate Board members.
  • A reduction in the Board size to 10-14. It is possible that only 3 of the 14 Board members will be teachers – a smaller board and a significantly lower proportion of teachers.
  • The introduction of another Code of Conduct without a guarantee that teachers will develop this Code.
  • Amendments regarding notice of dismissal and/or resignation to be able to allege ‘incompetence’.
  • Introduction of annual fees without any provisions to limit fee increases.

If these changes are agreed by Parliament they will give politicians and bureaucrats the power to dictate to our profession!

Minister Gardner has tabled the Bill in Parliament and it is now being debated in the Lower House.

You can read the AEU's detailed analysis of the Bill here. You can find the Bill here.

Sign the petition

Minister Gardner is trying to rush the legislation through to change the composition of the Teachers Registration Board.

We have launched a petition to present to Parliament in order to promote greater scrutiny of the legislation and to convince the undecided members in the Legislative Council that the education community cares about this issue.

We need you to amass as many signatures as possible on the petition over the first two weeks of June. Anyone can sign it, including members, non-members, support staff, parents and family members.

AEU Organisers are distributing copies of the petition to sub-branch secretaries and workplace reps at schools in metropolitan and country areas in the first week of June. If you are not in one of these sites, or the petition has not reached your sub-branch, we encourage you to download the petition, gather signatures and return to the AEU, using the advice below.

The petition can be downloaded here.

  • Print out the petition single-sided. Print out the first page and as many copies of the second page as you think you will need.

  • Ask everyone to sign it. Remember to take the usual precautions in relation to COVID-19, such maintaining social distance and not sharing pens.

  • Return the signed petitions to the AEU by Wednesday 17 June.
    We need original copies of the signed petitions, so do not fax or scan. Please post or hand-deliver.

  • You can return the signed petitions by reply paid post (no stamp required). Please post by Thursday 11 June or Friday 12 June at the latest in order to reach us by the deadline.

    Australian Education Union (SA Branch)
    Reply Paid 71814
    PARKSIDE  SA  5063

  • You can hand deliver the petitions to the AEU, 163 Greenhill Road, Parkside.