Performance Pay Not the Solution to Victorian Public Principal Shortage
09 July 2012
The Australian Education Union has urged the Baillieu Government to address principal's workloads, increase support, and rule out introducing performance pay, following reports that Victorian Government schools are struggling to attract people to the role.
The Age reported today that three primary schools in Melbourne's eastern suburbs have been unable to fill principal positions.
AEU Victorian Branch Deputy President Meredith Peace said that principals were performing a very difficult and complex role, and needed their workload issues and salary levels addressed and more departmental support.
"What we are hearing today is consistent with a recent survey of government school principals which found that, on average, principals are working in excess of 57 hours per week," she said.
"85% of principals nominated 'workload' as their main concern, followed by 45% who said 'stress'.
"Despite the position of the Australian Principals Federation, AEU principal members have rejected the introduction of performance pay. We know from exhaustive trials here and overseas that performance pay doesn't work.
"Teachers and principals get the best outcomes when they are working together, not competing against each other.
"As part of our negotiations for a new enterprise bargaining agreement for Victoria's public school teachers and principals, we will seek to have these issues addressed.
"The reality is, if we want to attract and retain the best people to the role of principal, then workload, support and salary issues must be dealt with.
"We invite Government principals, teachers and other community members who want to see a fair deal reached, to sign on to the campaign via the My School Needs campaign site," Ms Peace said.