All students who are completing professional experience placements in schools and early childhood settings are allocated a Liaison Officer for the duration of the placement. We welcome over 200 qualified and highly experienced teaching staff to our liaison program and thank them for their continuing commitment to the education of our future teachers
Liaison is provided using a mix of contact strategies – telephone, email, Skype and personal visit. Because of the wide geographic spread of our students on placement, it is not always possible to provide face-to-face liaison. The "mix" of strategies therefore depends on the availability at the time of each placement of liaison staff who are qualified and experienced teachers in the sector (primary or secondary school or early childhood) and who are located in the geographic area of the student's placement.
University Liaison Officers usually provide support to teacher education students and supervising teachers through a program of short phone contacts in the first and last weeks of the placement and extended calls or visits at the mid-point of the placement.
All documentation required for the placement is found on the appropriate Supervising Teacher webpage and a link will be provided to you with each invitation to specific subject-based liaison work.
Further advice about specific placements will be provided to you as each placement is organised.
A detailed description of the role of the Liaison Officer is provided in the Professional Experience Handbook.
Unfortunately, some students have difficulty during their professional experience placement. These students often require additional assistance early in the placement in order to help them to succeed. If you have concerns about a student's progress, or you are advised that a Supervising Teacher has concerns, please request the completion of the Notification of Concern form as early as possible, but no later than the mid-point of the placement, and return it to Professional Experience.
On receipt of the Notification of Concern, Professional Experience will instigate further support processes for all participants in the placement. These processes are outlined in Guidelines for ULOs and PELOS assisting students at risk.
If there is a need for a ULO to provide extended support to a student onsite in this situation, please email Education-WPL@csu.edu.au to ensure that additional hours and travel time can be arranged.
At the conclusion of your liaison, please submit to Professional Experience, a Telephone and Visit Report.
In order to become a Casual Academic employee of CSU, a number of forms need your attention. Please return the following forms to Professional Experience at Education-WPL@csu.edu.au using the Subject Heading ULO Contract: <Your name>
Casual Academic contract
You will be sent a Casual Academic contract for your signature. This will be updated each calendar year. Please sign (using a digital signature if possible);
Tax File Number Declaration: This document should be downloaded, printed, completed, scanned and emailed.
Please do not submit these documents direct to the Human Resources Division as the Professional Experience Unit keeps all contract documents on file. Professional Experience will forward your contract documents to HR.
Once your contract has been approved by HR, you will be sent a message giving you the following information about how to log in to the CSU Staff page.
CSU Staff ID
In order to access Web Kiosk online (where your pay must be claimed) you will need to activate your CSU login.
To activate your CSU Login you will need to go to the login page of Staff CSU click on the link, "Activate my account" and follow the prompts.
This will provide a Username and temporary Password. The password must be changed within 12 hours. If you do not have this information, please email Education-WPL@csu.edu.au
University Liaison Officers may travel to schools up to an one hour from their home base, or further if the Officer is prepared to travel more widely. You will receive and email from Professional Experience advising you of the details of each student and site for each liaison subject. You will also be advised that travel to the specified destinations is pre-approved.
Travel time is paid at the same hourly rate as liaison work (in 2016, this rate is $42.28 per hour).
ULOs may elect to use a CSU carpool car or their own vehicle.
Using a CSU carpool vehicle: A CSU carpool car can be organised by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating the details of the proposed travel. The Travel section will then organise a car and send you an email confirming the vehicle for you.
If it is more convenient to use your own vehicle, please complete the documents below and return to Professional Experience at Education-WPL@csu.edu.au using the Subject Heading: ULO Travel:<Your name>
This will allow us to place you on the Promaster travel system. At the conclusion of the liaison, you will be able to make a travel expense claim using Promaster. You will need to upload a Travel Log to your expenses claim.
The Promaster system can be accessed via the link below using your CSU Username and Password.
To enter a casual timesheet you need to do so online via the web kiosk .Please remember to use AX170 as your pay code and EPTXXX as your Subject (from the email appointing you to a particular student). Please remember to claim both your Liaison Work hours and your travel hours through web kiosk.
Follow the instructions Quick Reference for Academic Timesheet Submission.
You will require the following information to claim your CSU liaison work. This information is found on your contract.
Please refer to the Supervising Teacher page for your subject (see link in your appointment email) to access the Professional Experience Report, the Guide to the Professional Experience Placement, and Teaching/Learning Feedback Forms which should be used for lesson observations.
If you are completing your liaison work primarily via phone calls and emails, please use the following Telephone Check List calls.
The role of the Liaison Officer is a vital one in the success of a student's placement and in the success of the professional experience program as a whole. The time, experience and support provided by our ULOs is valued by all concerned with professional experience. A very big THANK YOU to you all.