The 2016 Department of Education and Training (Nurses) Agreement on Nurses was commissioned on 28 December 2016 with a nominal expiry date: 31 December 2019. The full text of the agreement is available on the industrial agreements page on HRWeb. The highlights of the 2016 negotiations the last time the agreement was reached, as found by the AEU, included an annual salary increase of 3 per cent, 15 days off for co-educators and pay parity with teachers at the higher level of early childhood teachers (representing an additional 13 per cent) and pay parity with teachers at the lower level of early childhood teachers (equivalent to 8 additional per cent). The VECTEA agreement is an important enterprise agreement that governs the sector sector of the Victorian community. In recent discussions, the ELAA stated that the proposed agreement “focuses on quality outcomes for the early childhood sector, improving the salaries and conditions of teachers and educators and giving employers greater capacity to manage their workforce.” The full text of the agreement is available on the industrial agreements page on HRWeb. ELAA agreed on substantial improvements for teachers and educators, “recognizing the importance of maintaining and attracting quality staff and thus supporting the dedicated work of service providers at an early age.” The ability of employers to address underperformance issues has been successfully negotiated by the ELAA, which ensures that employers can extend the trial period for workers to six months under the proposed agreement, which also allows the employer to formally manage benefit issues. ELAA believes that the proposed VECTEA offers a balanced approach for teachers, educators and early childhood providers, according to a statement from the association, which states that the proposed agreement is now reached by the government with regard to adequate funding. The agreement was adopted with 87.5% yes in the choice of workers. Enterprise Agreements Many schools have collective agreements, usually with the participation of the Union. This is the first place to determine their conditions of employment. Below is a list of enterprise agreements – see here if your school has an enterprise agreement and get a copy. An enterprise agreement is the safest and most effective way to improve employment conditions in your workplace. If your school has such an agreement, it is legally binding and the Modern Prize does not apply.
For the first time in a generation, we have a proposal for an agreement that puts in place important measures for workload and contracts. Modern AwardsIn 2010, modern Awards replaced the old awards with lean and withdrawn conditions. Modern prices are not as comprehensive as the old awards, and although some conditions have been maintained, some have inevitably been lost. If your school does not have a collective agreement for you, your terms and conditions will be set by the corresponding Modern Prize. These are well below industrial standards and constitute only an absolute minimum, which is designed only as a “safety net” to prevent exploitation.