TAP Conference 2021

The Building Blocks of Change

Thursday 21 October | Online

This year's conference will focus on how to build stronger sub-branches across the TAFE, AMES and Disability sector.

In this all-important period before the next federal election, every member's voice counts. We'll be fighting for better conditions and workload reduction.

Together, we have the power.

All AEU members from the TAFE, Disability and AMES sectors are invited to attend.

Registrations close 13 October.

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 'What are psychological hazards and why is it so important to address them so that we can all maintain mental wellbeing?'

This presentation will explain what psychological hazards are prevalent in our workplaces – specifically outlining the findings of a recent project undertaken by Worksafe in Victorian TAFE settings and the importance of having good reporting systems and OHS union reps in our workplaces that works towards less psychological injuries.

Workshop Session A – Building and strengthening your sub-branch

  • Learning about the Log of Claims
    The log of claims sets out the matters we advocate for when negotiating a new industrial agreement on your behalf. Developed through member submissions across the state, it is your opportunity to tell the AEU what you want in your next workplace agreement. Participants will learn about process of putting together a Log of Claims, before breaking into sector groups to discuss pay and conditions relevant to them.  For TAFE sector participants, this will be the launching pad for the next round of TAFE negotiations and is your opportunity to have a say about which conditions are important to you. 
  • Bargaining in Disability 
    AEU organiser Matthew Burke will lead this session about bargaining in the disability sector. Participants will learn about the enterprise agreement at Mambourin as a case study, and discuss the leassons learned and how they can be used when bargaining in other Disability services. 
  • Examining workload as an OHS issue
    Sometimes OHS can be a straightforward matter: a broken piece of equipment or a missing railing on some stairs are clear risks to health and safety that would usually be fixed quickly. But what do we do when the risk to health and safety is less obvious but just as harmful? Excessive and unreasonable workload is a serious OHS issue, and a genuine risk to a person's psychological safety. Join OHS organiser Meaghan Flack for a discussion of the key workload-related issues in the TAP sector, and how union members can work together to reduce workload. 
  • Strengthening your sub-branch strategy
    This workshop will give you strategies to take back to your workplace to get the 'little runs on the board', so that your sub-branch is active and ready to campaign when the time comes.  

Workshop Session B – Campaigning skills session

  • Campaigning for a stronger TAFE sector
    With hundreds of campuses all around the country, TAFE can help Australia rebuild in response to the COVID crisis. TAFE is perfectly positioned to provide skills, jobs, purpose and opportunities to millions more Australians, and help to create a positive future for all of us. But TAFE has suffered successive government funding cuts, putting the whole sector at risk. This workshop will provide you with skills for your activist toolkit so you can help fight for our sector, and work towards winning better lives for fellow members.
  • Fun ways to build a union culture in the Disability sector
    Working in the Disability sector comes with a deep sense of pride, that only comes when you know you are making a true difference. Despite this, Disability workers are often overlooked and unappreciated. It can make it difficult to engage fellow members in campaigning. In this session learn different ways to harness that pride, activate your sub-branch and keep members engaged. At the same time you'll be educating fellow members around their rights at work and creating a good union culture.
  • Consultation involving the sub-branch
    This workshop will give you the skills to problem-solve issues, set frameworks for you to build support behind your consultative committee (MEAIG) reps, effective communication skills for consulting with members as well as keeping members interested at the local level.
  • Grow your sub-branch - having conversations that count
    Everyone knows that the more members you have in your sub-branch, the more influence you have in resolving workplace issues, as well as campaigning for a new MEA. Sometimes these aren’t the easiest conversations to have, this workshop will look at building your skills and confidence in having these conversations to build your union and your power to win.


8.30am Online platform opens  
9.00am Welcome to country Wurundjeri Tribe Council
9.15am Welcome and overview of the day  
9.30am Welcome - AEU Leadership Meredith Peace, President, AEU Vic Branch
10.00am Campaign update - Federal Office Correna Haythorpe, President, AEU Federal Office
10.30am Quick break  
11.00am Keynote speaker 1 Minister Gayle Tierney
11.30am Quick break  
11.45am Keynote speaker 2 Monica Evans, Manager, Psychological Health Program, Worksafe Victoria
Renee Walsh, Worksafe Victoria
12.30pm A word from our sponsors Teachers Health
12.50pm Lunch  

Workshop Session A – Building and strengthening your sub branch

2.40pm Quick break  

Workshop Session B – Campaigning skills

4.00pm Call to action  
4.20pm Closing remarks  
4.30pm Conference close  


If you have any queries regarding this conference, please contact Linda McKenzie either by phone 03 9418 4860 or email - [email protected]

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