Ballot on New Enterprise Agreement
A ballot of all ETD teachers, school psychologists and school leaders will be conducted between August 13 and 26 on the proposed new Enterprise Agreement.
The proposed new Agreement can be viewed in its entirety here.
- Voting opens on the 13th and closes on the 26th of August
- Voting instructions will be emailed to permanent and contract staff at the address where you receive your pay slips.
- Casual teachers will receive voting instructions at the email address nominated on SIMs. Casual staff should contact Elections ACT (firstname.lastname@example.org, 6205 0033) if you would prefer to receive a voting pack in the post.
- There will be a postal ballot of teachers on leave.
- If you do not receive a ballot either electronically or in the mail and believe you're eligible to vote, please contact Elections ACT (email@example.com, 6205 0033).
- The Agreement is made when a majority of eligible employees who cast a valid vote endorse the Agreement.
- More information can be found on the Education & Training Directorate website.
AEU Recommends A Yes Vote
We’ve shared a full account of what has been achieved in this Agreement, against our initial log of claims, here. Below we highlight a number of matters to consider when casting a vote.
The settlement of 12.6% over 4 years will mean we continue to be the third best paid teachers in the country. It will mean significant increases in real wages - buying power - in an environment where annualised inflation in Australia is currently only 1.5% and only 0.8% in the ACT. Our pay rises will be slightly better than those enjoyed by other ACT public servants and dramatically higher than anything being offered to Commonwealth public servants at the moment.
Annex A2 Classroom Teacher salaries and Annex A3 School Leader C salaries from p.162 of the proposed new agreement.
Annex A8 Casual Teacher salaries from p.164 of the proposed new agreement.
Crucially, the employer has acknowledged that workload has become excessive and problematic. In the Directorate’s own words (third Government offer):
This offer acknowledges that some tasks take time away from your core role and contribute to workload issues. The responsibility to review and monitor rests with the central office, school leadership and all teachers
The Agreement provides $7 million dollars to fund almost 60 additional full-time equivalent school assistants across the system.
Each school will now be in the position of deciding how to allocate between 500 and 900 hours of administrative relief each year.
The new Section Q and associated guidelines outlines tasks teachers will no longer do:
• packing, stocktaking and moving equipment and furniture
• cleaning and maintenance of facilities, furniture and equipment
• procurement of resources, including ICT
• grant submissions
• weekend events
• weekend professional learning (unless self-directed)
Teachers and school assistants are no longer required to complete fortnightly absence records.
It then outlines those tasks where teachers’ involvement must be limited to those aspects concerning the educational program and experiences for students:
• student reports
• excursions and camps
• school community events
• student competitions
• student attendance, management and welfare
• communication with parents/carers
• data entry
• use of ICT (beyond the normal trouble shooting expected of all ACTPS employees).
The core role of teachers is now delimited to:
a) instruction of students
b) supervision of students
c) curriculum planning
d) assessment of student learning
e) reporting of student learning
f) professional learning
g) attendance at meetings, parent/teacher interviews and
h) activities to enrich the educational experiences of students, in accordance with the Section Q Guidelines: Addressing teacher workload (i.e. these guidelines).
To ensure this understanding of what teachers will and won’t do is realised in practice, the Agreement provides:
- The 60 additional full-time equivalent school assistants referred to above
- Acknowledgement by the Directorate that it is responsible for managing workload issues and taking a problem-solving and preventative approach to teacher workload
- A central function to be established in the Directorate to take action to help schools across the system to reduce workload and to report to the AEU on a quarterly basis.
More information can be found in Section Q Guidelines: Addressing teacher workload.
Professional learning will be restructured so:
- There are two (rather than five) days of professional learning during stand-down: a system day and a school day
- A 15 hour professional learning community program constituted of activities like collaborative planning; analysis of student assessment data; peer observation in the classroom, reflection and feedback; analysis of evidence for student learning; examination and development of teaching practices to meet student learning needs; school based action research groups
Casual teachers should be invited to attend schools’ professional learning community programs on days they are engaged to work at the school.
More information can be found in the Section P Guidelines: Annual professional learning program.
New Principal Career Structure
A new principal career structure will be developed in 2016 for implementation in 2017. ETD has guaranteed that:
Every principal will receive no less than a minimum three percent per annum salary increase over the life of the Agreement. No principal will experience any salary detriment as a result of this new career structure and existing principals will translate into the new structure at or above their existing salary level.
Annex A4 School Leader B and A salaries from p.163 of the proposed new agreement.
The Agreement will provide four additional full-time equivalent school psychologists.
School psychologists will now have their own separate salary classification, importantly within the Teachers’ EA.
A new clause outlining the core role of school psychologists has also been successfully negotiated.
Annex A7 School Psychologist salaries from p.164 of the proposed new agreement.
Teachers Nearing Retirement
The following sentence will be inserted in the Annual Professional Learning guidelines: Every effort must be made to avoid transferring a teacher for their final year of employment with ETD.
Changes deriving from Common Terms and Conditions for all ACT Public Servants
Common Terms and Conditions for all ACT public servants were negotiated in 2014 between the ACT Government and all unions representing workers in the ACT public sector. Changes in the Common Terms and Conditions will, as always, be incorporated into our Agreement.
Changes include leave for domestic violence purposes and calculation of the payment received during paid maternity leave such that it will now be averaged according to the employee’s work hours over the preceding 12 months of employment, excluding any periods of leave without pay. ETD's explanatory notes refer to changes to workplace values and behaviours (p.3). This involves an expansion of the processes of preliminary assessment and initial investigation of any allegations of inappropriate behaviour. A new Workplace Behaviours Toolkit - Preliminary Assessment document has been created. This expanded initial process does not remove the ability for escalation of allegations where appropriate.
More information can be found in ETD's explanatory notes.