Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Govt signs 4-yr deal with Victorian schools offering better pay, conditions to teachers

The Andrews Labor Government has landed an agreement with Victoria’s government school workforce, giving them more time and support to focus on quality teaching and learning in the classroom.
Minister for Education James Merlino has announced details of the proposed new Schools Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, which includes better pay and conditions for teachers, education support staff and better recognition of the crucial leadership roles principals play in their school communities.
Reached as part of good-faith negotiations with the unions representing the school staff, the four-year deal, once approved, will cut the maximum number of weekly face-to-face learning hours for every teacher, giving them
more time to prepare lessons, plan, and mark assessments.
When teachers have more time to prepare and develop their practice, students, families and school communities all win – and teachers will see a reduction of one hour of face-to-face teaching in 2023, then a further half-hour reduction in 2024.
The agreement also includes salary increases in line with the Government’s public sector wages policy – with staff receiving a one per cent pay rise every six months up to and including 1 July 2025, with the first raise backdated to 1 January 2022. In addition to this, a new allowance will be paid to all teachers and other eligible employees.
To better reward the work principals and assistant principals do as community leaders and to recognise the important step-up these roles entail, they will benefit from a new pay structure that distinguishes them from their existing classifications.
The Labor Government will also invest a further $12 million each year to reduce principals’ administrative burden, improving occupational health and safety and emergency management practices.
Minister for Education James Merlino said, “When we support our school staff properly, Victorian kids see better education outcomes – this proposed deal will cement our state as the best place in the nation to work as a teacher, and the best place to send a child to school.”

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