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August School Assistant News

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Reimbursement of Course Fees; School Assistants Week and much more...

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School Assistant Dinner August 22 
All members and partners welcome. Call Jasmine on 62727900 to book your tickets now!!

National School Support Staff Week – 18 – 22 August

Have a look at the AEU Federal Website to find out how other states recognise the wonderful work of our Support Staff: http://www.aeufederal.org.au/Trans/NSSW.html.

Reimbursement of Course Fees
If you have paid for your own fees to complete a Certificate III in Children’s Services or Cert III & IV in Education Support you may be eligible for the reimbursement of your fees.  Please contact Therese Tonna on 62727900 for further information or contact Sarah Harris, Senior Manager in ETD Strategy, Research and Innovation on 6205 0335 or at sarahj.harris@act.gov.au

Preschool Assistants - Progressing Through The Competency Barrier

  • Preschool Assistants have recently been transferred into the School Assistant 2/3 classification in recognition of their more complex role and increased requirements associated with reform to the early childhood sector. 

  • Out of approximately 60 eligible Preschool Assistants only 20 have put in an application to progress through the competency barrier. Everyone who has reached increment level is required to put an application in through your Principal. This is something that we fought hard for in our enterprise agreement negotiations but we need to follow up to reap the benefits. Please contact me (Therese.Tonna@aeuact.org.au, 62727900) immediately if you have not made an application to discuss the process and alleviate any concerns you may have.

  • Principals should ensure that all preschool assistants who have reached increment level 5 make an application to progress through the competency salary barrier. Where a preschool assistant had been on the fifth salary increment for more than 12 months at 30 May 2014, and their application is approved, the date of effect for the increment increase will be 30 May 2014.

  • The application form is attached to the Preschool Assistant Competency Guidelines.
  • The Guidelines outline the process and the competencies required for progression to the higher increments. This tool also provides an opportunity for supervisors to give rich, meaningful feedback to preschool assistants about the work they do.

  • Please note: The preschool assistant progression process is different to that of the Learning Support Assistant (LSA) process.  Due to the increased requirements of the preschool assistant role, all preschool assistants who reach increment level 5 must make an application for progression and are expected to meet the competency requirements.  Where a preschool assistant is assessed as not meeting the competencies the Principal should initiate strategies to assist them to meet the relevant competencies.

  • To ensure that preschool assistants are not disadvantaged in accessing their entitlement, principals should arrange for all eligible preschool assistants to be assessed and applications forwarded to HR People Services for processing as soon as possible.

  • If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact Employee Relations on 62059149.

  •  If you have been a preschool assistant and on the top increment for more than one year, you may also be entitled to apply for an accelerated incremental advancement. Details can be found here or by contacting Therese Tonna in the AEU ACT office (Therese.Tonna@aeuact.org.au, 62727900).
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