Several TAFE institutes met last week to ask the Fair Work Commission to amend the text of the multi-company agreement they signed last October to clarify that the assessment carried out during the teaching period should not be taken into account in the course hours. Their actions “go against the agreed educational agreements, set out in the agreement signed by all TAFE CEOs in 2018,” Peace said. Under the current four-year corporate agreement signed last October, the time spent by a TAFE teacher in class is limited to 800 hours per year, while the time spent on class planning and assessment is limited to 400 hours. The ministry is starting negotiations for a new company agreement that will cover primary and secondary school nurses covered by the Nurses (Department of Education and Training Agreement 2016). Where a company agreement is in operation, the premium does not apply. “To make matters worse, the Victorian government appears to have supported this action,” Peace said. Teachers argue that the change will open the door for institutes to force them to take extra classes, which intensifies their workload. . . .