In early April NESA invoiced all pre 1 October 2004 primary and secondary teachers who have been accredited since the beginning of the year. Early childhood teachers and primary/secondary teachers who started after 1 October 2004 may have already been invoiced.
The Union did suggest to NESA that it might be appropriate to waive the 2018 fee or at least reduce it considering the extreme delay in accrediting teachers it experienced, as well as the difficulties with NESA’s website.
However, now that NESA have invoiced teachers, the IEU recommends that members pay within the due date. Non payment of fees may lead to suspension of a teacher’s registration, which means the teacher cannot work in NSW schools or centres.
NESA’s website still troubled
NESA’s ongoing technical difficulties continue to cause headaches for teachers across NSW.
The Union is aware of the problems and has been working with NESA to find appropriate solutions for teachers.
The major problems (among others) include:
• Proficient accreditation processes cannot be completed online. However, the Teacher Accreditation Authority is still required to lodge an accreditation decision within 28 days of receiving the application from a teacher. This means no TAA or employer should be delaying accreditation at Proficient decisions or not submitting paperwork to NESA (at this time manually, not online). If any member’s accreditation has been delayed by a TAA who cites NESA website problems, please contact the IEU immediately.
Maintenance of accreditation logs incorrectly show:
• Incomplete evaluations which had previously been complete
• PD records (both NESA Registered and Teacher Identified) have gone missing
• Standards are not being met
• Hours aren’t calculating correctly
• Teacher Identified PD cannot be entered.
All of the above are due to problems with the website not reporting correctly from NESA’s data in their system. Nothing has been deleted from your record, it is simply not appearing on screen. NESA is aware of this issue and working to fix it.
The online payment system has been down, although NESA now reports that this is working again.
NESA’s popular NAPLAN online courses are down and there is no known estimate of when they will be available once again.
Lodging of maintenance of accreditation decisions from 2017 and early 2018 have been delayed by the website – contact the IEU for more assistance.
At this time, the IEU recommends waiting for NESA’s website to be fixed. NESA have stated that any problem due to their website being broken is their fault and not the teacher’s responsibility.
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