In 2004 a proposal was agreed between the IEU and Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT) which acknowledged that from time to time ASPECT has problems with the availability and engagement of casual teachers on short notice.
The proposal recognised that, due to unique circumstances and the special needs of its students, an aide ‘acting up’ to continue with the prepared day plan in the event a casual teacher could not be found was a less disruptive option than a re-organisation of classes that would interrupt the consistency and routine essential to the children’s behavioural needs.
A set of protocols were embedded within this proposal that ensured fair processes and remuneration for aides ‘acting up’ under such circumstances.
The IEU recently met with ASPECT to address the Union’s concerns about the issue of replacing teachers absent from work with teacher’s aides.
It has come to the IEU’s attention that these protocols have not been consistently applied and the Union has met with ASPECT to come to an agreement which addresses this concern. Most improvements sought by the Union have been incorporated. ASPECT will send the resulting policy document to schools this week to clarify the process.
The higher duties allowance will apply on any whole day a teacher’s aide is required to replace a teacher for a day or more. Aides therefore cannot be requested to act up for part of a day and in the event a teacher is not present for part of a day aides may supervise a small group of students as per the multi-enterprise agreement.