The AEU’s industrial team has had good outcomes for individual members on disciplinary and regulatory matters this term. Among these, we were on the verge of proceedings against the Victorian Institute of Teaching to have a member’s interim suspension lifted when the institute capitulated at the last minute. Increasingly, we are receiving referrals for matters involving work-related violence and cases involving the misuse of social media (often both). On one of these, we successfully fought false allegations of misconduct by a student on social media, resulting in the student being reprimanded.
The AEU’s solicitors, Redlich’s Workplace Injury Lawyers, have also continued to obtain outstanding outcomes for AEU members, recovering more than $1.2 million in the past three months for injured members. However, the Victorian government has made changes to WorkCover that could dramatically tighten eligibility for mental health injury claims. These changes, likely to be introduced in 2024, exclude anyone who suffers psychiatric injury as a result of stress or burnout. Also, an additional test will be required to obtain payments beyond 130 weeks for both physical and psychological injuries. If you are suffering from psychological injury due to stress or burnout, please contact our Member Support Centre for assistance.