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The AEU and education support members: a great team

Education support members and the AEU are making a real difference to education outcomes, while improving ES working conditions across the state.

Working with the AEU, ES members have achieved:

  • A pay increase of 13.7% in the current agreement (VGSA 2017).
  • Over 7000 ES staff translated from insecure contract work to ongoing employment in 2017/18.
  • Inclusion of ES staff in consultation and long-term planning in schools.
  • Paid recall for ES staff who work over school holidays.
  • Recognition for ES time-in-lieu entitlements.
  • A leave purchase allowance for ES staff who work over school holidays.
  • Reform of the classification structure to reflect the work value of the ES role, so ES staff may advance from one salary range to the next without the role being advertised. This means ES do not have to compete with external applicants.
  • All ES positions linked to Student Support Funding are now ongoing.

The Victorian Government Schools Agreement negotiated by the AEU in 2017 was the best agreement to date, bringing major improvements for Victorian ES staff.

But these successes were not won easily. Our large and active ES membership gives us a powerful negotiating position. Our ES membership is now almost 8,000 strong, backed by over 35,000 teacher colleagues.

The combined voice of these 43,000 members was a major factor in achieving such significant outcomes in our enterprise agreement.

Your representative voice

ES members play a crucial role in AEU decision-making, with strong representation on Branch Council and as ES Reps on sub branches.

Although ES staff share many common issues with their teacher colleagues, the AEU knows that there are also some very specific challenges that ES face, and these need to be understood and represented. The stronger our membership, and the more active and involved our members, the more power we have to make meaningful improvements to ES pay and conditions.

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