VGSA 2021: It's about time!

Updated 22 March 2022

AEU members have endorsed the proposed VGSA!

The proposed agreement delivers on the key issues we have been campaigning about, not only in the last twelve months, but over a much longer period of time: workload relief, and fair and reasonable salaries above the government’s original management position.

There are many other improvements, including enhanced consultation provisions for staff and principals, improved leave entitlements and new clauses about work-related violence, cultural responsibility and cultural safety, and paid lactation breaks. Many of the entitlements we have achieved have not changed over many decades, including face-to-face teaching requirements, which have been at the same levels for over 30 years, despite the fact that the complexity of our work, and demands on our time, have significantly increased.

Some of the key improvements we have achieved include:

  • Face-to-face teaching reduction of 1.5 hours (21 hours for primary and specialist settings, 18.5 hours for secondary). This will be phased in – one hour reduction in 2023 and a further 30-minute reduction in 2024 and ongoing
  • The employment of an additional 2,000 teachers
  • Extensively revised Dimensions of Work for ES employees, which more accurately describe work required at different ranges
  • 2% per year, paid in two instalments – 1% January and 1% July in each year
  • Additional increases delivered through classification adjustments
  • Partner Leave increased from one week to four weeks
  • Other Paid Parental Leave increased from 8 weeks to 16 weeks

  To see a members-only summary of key documents, please log in to see the paywalled version of this page. 

Learn about the VGSA in AEU News

Catch up on our articles about the negotiations process, and our approach to the big issues such as excessive workload. You can also read about how we're supporting CRTs, principal class members, ES staff and women members.

( Some of these articles are member-only, so log in with your AEU credentials to read.)

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