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Canberra Institute of Technology—restructure (Question No 1621)

Mr Doszpot asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 7 April 2011:

(1) When, in 2007 or 2008, did the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) Chief Executive and Board of Management decide and notify CIT teaching staff and other staff, of the following major organisational restructure that took effect on 1 January 2008: (a) the title Education Manager would be used for the main CIT leadership "positions between Band 1 teachers and Centre Directors in CIT's teaching centres, (b) the title Head of Department would cease to be used, (c) CIT Education Managers would hold the Teacher Band 2 classification level and (d) who teachers' and other staff members' Education Managers were.

(2) Why did CIT's Chief Executive and other responsible delegates allow CIT teachers to call themselves Education Manager, without the prefix acting, for significant periods of time in 2008 and 2009 in the categories of teachers (a) with the substantive classification level of Band 1 teacher employed as Band 2 teachers on higher duties bases, (b) with the substantive classification level of Band 1 teacher employed as Band 1 Senior Teaching Post (STP) teachers on higher duties, bases, (c) lacking the mandatory adult teaching qualifications required for Band 2 and Band 1 STP level teachers that the Minister referred to in his answer to question on notice No 1176, part 1 and (d) lacking the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, or equivalent.

(3) Will the Minister ensure that all CIT staff acting in positions on higher duties basis will, in future, (a) use the prefix acting and (b) possess the teaching qualifications required at the classification level of the position occupied on a higher duties basis according to the Public Sector Management Standards and Australian Quality Training Framework guidelines.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) On 15 November 2007, the CIT Board of Management decided that the change in organisational structure due on 1 January 2008 presented CIT with an opportunity to amend terminology in use at the time that was more relevant to a university than a VET provider. It was decided at the meeting that Education Manager would be the new local title for staff holding the classification of Teacher Band 2, effective from 1 January 2008. A Teacher Band 2 network meeting was held on 23 November 2007 at which the Chief Executive discussed this change with staff;

(b) the local title "Head of Department"was replaced with Educational Manager on 1 January 2008;


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