School cleaning reforms deliver workload relief for principals

The Australian Education Union Victorian Branch today welcomes the Andrews government’s reform of school cleaning arrangements for Victoria’s public schools.

The Andrews government will now centrally administer school cleaning contracts and have greater oversight of school cleaning arrangements, thus reducing the workload of principals.

“Parents expect principals to be able to focus on educational leadership within the school community, not be drowning in administration and compliance, including managing school cleaning contracts,” said Meredith Peace, President of the Australian Education Union Victorian Branch.

“It makes sense to centralise cleaning contracts for public schools. One of the main concerns principals have is the high volume of administration and compliance they’re required to do.

“Cleaners working in our schools will now have consistent working conditions and can be guaranteed all their lawful wages and entitlements. United Voice are to be congratulated for their efforts in highlighting and pursuing this issue on behalf of their members.

“We cannot accept a situation where the workers who are cleaning our classrooms are underpaid. The state government has introduced these reforms to make sure cleaning staff receive their correct workplace entitlements and high standards are maintained.

“Today’s announcement that we will now have area-based cleaning models that are overseen by government will mean principals and school councils are relieved of the burden of managing cleaning arrangements.

“Principals are already working upward of 60 hours a week. Now that cleaning contracts will be centrally administered, rather than administered at a school-level, they can tick one more thing off their to-do lists.

“The Australian Education Union welcomes these new arrangements, as will school communities around the state,” said Ms Peace.