The Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017: What You Need to Know
The Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017 is a significant document that determines the terms and conditions of employment for the state’s public school teachers and support staff. The agreement was finalised after extensive negotiations between the Victorian Government and the Australian Education Union (AEU), which represents teachers, principals and education support staff.
So, what are the key features of the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017? Let`s take a closer look.
Under the agreement, teachers and support staff will receive annual pay increases of 3%, with a minimum increase of $1,000 per annum. This means that salaries for teachers and support staff will continue to keep pace with inflation and the rising cost of living.
Improved working conditions
The agreement also includes a range of improvements to working conditions for teachers and support staff. Some of the key changes include:
– Reduced face-to-face teaching time for teachers, allowing them more time for planning and professional development
– Increased support for beginning teachers and those in remote or regional areas
– Additional paid leave for family violence victims, and improved entitlements for parental leave and carers’ leave.
The Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017 also provides for improved career progression for teachers and support staff. This includes the introduction of new leadership positions for both teachers and support staff, as well as clearer pathways for career development.
Diversity and inclusion
The agreement also recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion in Victorian schools. This includes measures to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students, as well as those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and students with disabilities.
Overall, the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017 is an important milestone in ensuring that public school teachers and support staff are recognised and valued for the vital work they do. By providing fair pay and conditions, as well as opportunities for career development and recognition of diversity and inclusion, the agreement will help to attract and retain high-quality staff in Victoria’s public schools.