New TAFE agreement puts teachers at the centre of rebuilding TAFE

TAFE teachers are set to get a pay increase as a result of a new enterprise deal struck with the Australian Education Union in Victoria today. The four-year deal will see a significant amount of the current casual workforce eligible for conversion to more permanent employment.

“This agreement is a massive win for Victoria’s TAFEs and the communities that rely on them. Casualisation of teaching staff is one of the biggest problems facing TAFEs. This agreement stops that trend and delivers guarantees that thousands of casual and fixed term employees will be offered more secure employment,” said Meredith Peace, President of the Australian Education Union in Victoria.

“TAFEs must be at the centre of our vocational education system. This agreement delivers the certainty TAFEs need to plan for the future.

“Victoria’s TAFE teachers will go from being the lowest paid, to the highest paid in the country as a result of this deal.

“The previous Ballieu/Napthine Government cut $1.2 billion out of our TAFEs and this has had a significant impact on the workforce. The AEU and the Andrews Government want to get on with rebuilding Victoria’s TAFEs.

“Public TAFEs must be able to respond to the needs of growing communities and changing industries. We bargained hard to make sure TAFE teachers are supported and resourced to continue to deliver high quality vocational education.

“This agreement also increases the spread of hours that TAFEs can operate because we need to give students every opportunity to access high quality learning in public TAFEs.”

The Agreement delivers:

  • 5.4% salary increase for all classifications in the first year with further increases of 2.7% in May and November in 2019, 2020, and 2021. This is a total increase of 23.7% over 4 years
  • A new conversion clause introducing an annual conversion review of casual and fixed term staff, which will result in significant numbers of casual and fixed-term employees being converted to more secure employment
  • Span of work hours from 6am to 10pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5pm Saturday, with teachers compensated with a reduction off their annual teaching hours for working unsociable hours
  • Annual teaching of 800 hours per year with a further 400 hours to undertake planning, preparation, curriculum development, and assessment. Overtime for any work outside themaximum hours
  • 20 days family violence leave for teachers experiencing family violence.

“This is a massive win,” said Ms Peace. “Now that we have certainty for teaching staff we must make sure at least two thirds of public funding for vocational education goes to TAFEs. Privatising vocational education has failed. Public TAFEs need to be the centre of our vocational education system providing high quality training to young people and the broader community.

“Only public TAFEs are trusted to deliver the skilled graduates that employers need for the future.”


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