Positive outcome for Learning Support Staff

Learning Support Assistants (LSA) in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn will not have to carry the burden of unpaid additional training, thanks to IEU advocacy.

The ACT Government Report, Schools for All Children and Young People by Professor Anthony Shaddock, recommended LSAs undertake a Certificate IV in Education Support.

Family responsibilities and other work commitments meant LSAs would be disadvantaged by the extra training if it was done outside their normal hours.

The Archdiocese has now agreed that LSAs will either do the training in work hours, or be paid for their time if it is outside their normal hours. The Diocese will also provide travel expenses.

“LSAs and IEU Reps should be applauded for engaging with this issue and achieving a positive outcomes,” IEU Assistant Secretary Mark Northam said.