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Industrial Relations (IR) Unit of the Catholic Education Office Melbourne
(CEOM) provides an industrial relations service to Catholic schools across
Victoria, funded under a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the Catholic
Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV). It also provides services and
advice to parish priests and school principals on matters of Industrial Relations,
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), WorkCover, and Equal Employment
Implementation of the Victorian Catholic Education Multi Enterprise Agreement 2013
2014, staff from the IR Unit commenced full implementation of the Victorian Catholic Education Multi Enterprise Agreement 2013 (VCEMEA),
an agreement reached with the Independent Education Union of Australia Victoria
of the Agreement included:
Occupational Health and
CEOM continued to receive funding from WorkCover claims agent, Gallagher
Bassett, to assist in the employment of two OHS officers with a view to
improving OHS in schools and Catholic education offices.
officers also completed 106 OHS school audits for primary and secondary
Catholic schools across Victoria.
IR Unit provided a consultancy service to employers, principals and Catholic
education staff, which dealt with requests for advice that ranged from
conditions of employment under the new Agreement to unfair dismissal
Advocacy and legal
In 2014, the Unit provided assistance to schools through advocacy and legal
representation in matters before industrial tribunals.
Fair Work Commission
Fair Work Commission (FWC) released its annual
report* at the end of October 2014. This report includes a feature on the VCEMEA
2013. In addition, FWC has a short video which includes representatives of the
CECV and the IEU. A copy of this video can be found here**.
Molly McQueenYear 12 student in 2014 Avila College, Mount Waverley. Profoundly deaf and totally dependent on two cochlear implants to hear, Molly McQueen graduated from Avila College, Mount Waverley, at the end of 2014 with an ATAR of 84.6 and is now studying psychology and forensic science at Swinburne University.
I think the best thing I can say about my time at Avila College is that they treated me as a normal person and made sure my disability didn’t stop me doing anything that I wanted to do at school. So many activities, like the Year 10 study trip to Italy, will stay with me for a lifetime.
I always thought it must be pretty expensive to provide for someone like me, but when I stopped to think about everything Avila did it reinforced that I had the best time at high school.
The personalised support I received was wonderful –from radio frequency microphones that transmitted directly into my ear and specialist computer equipment, to teachers being my ears at swimming carnivals and providing a note taker in Year 12 English.
And it went well beyond funding. So many teachers were there for me, like Mr Johnson in Year 12 legal studies, who met with me one-on-one every week to make sure I understood everything. I got a study score of 40 and was so glad to be able to repay his commitment.
I now want to help others and to work in the legal justice system, maybe with victims of crime, and also to mentor people with deafness, because not a lot of deaf students had the same access to funding and the same experience as me.
I know I wouldn’t be where I am without Avila.
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L–R: John McNamara, Executive General Manager, Statutory Worker's Compensation at Gallagher Bassett; Stephen Elder, Executive Director of Catholic Education; and David Parker, Hawthorn Football Club Premiership Captain (1971) and Premiership Coach (1978), and Carlton Football Club Premiership Coach (1981, 1982 and 1995).
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