EDNEWS - Student Services - New Regional Proposal

Updated 22/04/2016

Timely Consultation Demanded Over New Regional Proposal

CPSU called on DEECD because of the continuing non appearance of their proposal regarding ‚Äö?Ñ??Strengthening Student Support‚Äö?Ñ?? despite earlier submissions from SSSOs and CPSU has told DEECD that they face a loss of trust from members who are fed up with continuous excuses for inaction on this.

CPSU is aware of potential workload issues with staff, because of the inability to advertise 70 new positions until the consultation had been followed correctly. There has been ample time to prepare a submission to CPSU and our members are justly upset at the delays.

No regional changes should be implemented until this process has been completed.

CPSU agreed to the lengthy pre consultative process at the Department s request, and pointed to changes that CPSU believes are necessary for any proposed structure to work correctly.




The proposal regarding ‚Äö?Ñ??Strengthening Student Support‚Äö?Ñ?? was received on Thursday, 25th November.

CPSU also asked DEECD to re draft its ‚Äö?Ñ??Regional change proposal ‚Äö?Ñ??Integrating Regional Structures and Delivering Regional Education al Services: Regional Operational Model

DEECD sent CPSU a proposal outlining the managerial responsibility for both Education and Early Childhood Services outcomes.

CPSU asked that DEECD should extend the deadline for consultation on this proposal, so that Strengthening Student Support could be consulted at the same time as they are interlinked.


CPSU has cooperated fully over 6 months with DEECD, supporting their information and feedback gathering sessions on the strict understanding that there would be consultation according to DEECD s obligations under our Agreement for both SSSOs, Early Childhood staff, and Regional employees.

Members cannot consult properly on one proposal if they haven t seen the structure mentioned in it.

On 19th November, CPSU made DEECD aware that members were unhappy with its contents.

The proposal references the SSSO structure that members hadn t viewed, and links between Early Childhood and SSSOs that weren t fully explained.

For this reason CPSU asked that both documents be consulted concurrently.

This request has been denied, and so CPSU is urging members to put in direct feedback to support the CPSU response.

The paper stated that there is to be a closer link between SSSOs and Early Childhood re a ‚Äö?Ñ??seamless link to service provision and that the organisational arrangements in relation to SSSOs will ‚Äö?Ñ??sit within the organisational model.

Both Early Childhood employees and SSSOs had a right to more information and to sight the SSSO structure so they could make fully informed responses.


CPSU feels that if DEECD is to be an employer of choice, then it must classify staff at proper levels, employ more ongoing staff, and fulfil obligations under our VPSA 2006.

CPSU Victorian Branch Secretary

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