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TAFE members and the AEU

The AEU is dedicated to making TAFE and its highly skilled teaching workforce the centre of vocational education and training in Australia.

AEU Victoria has recently reached a new enterprise agreement for TAFE teachers, with improved wages and conditions. The TAFE Teaching Staff Agreement 2018 will apply to all standalone TAFE institutes in Victoria.

Key features of this deal include:

  • Immediate 5.4% pay rise, with further increases of 2.7% twice a year – a total increase of 23.7% over four years!
  • Salary increase for teachers at T5 classification from $85,613 to $105,877 by November 2021
  • Teachers with full AQF6 or above approved teaching qualification to access new increment point of $109,207 by the end of the agreement
  • Limit of 800 hours teaching per year, with a further 400 hours for planning, preparation, curriculum development and assessment
  • Overtime provision for work outside maximum hours, i.e. in excess of 8 hours per day, 38 hours per week and 1748 hours per year
  • Mandatory work plans to be completed by March 1 each year to help ensure reasonable workload with all elements counted in annual hours
  • Ongoing limit of 30 hours a week for 42 weeks a year of required attendance
  • New clause to convert significant numbers of casual and fixed-term employees to secure employment
  • New span of hours with reduction in annual teaching load as compensation for working unsociable hours
  • 20 days family violence leave for teachers experiencing family violence 

Enterprise Agreements

Put Education First campaign

Join the campaign - Put TAFE Education First

TAFEs deliver high quality education – they’re trusted by industry professionals and the community to educate the skilled workers Victoria needs. The Andrews government has reinvested significantly, but the TAFE system needs more support and investment to ensure it can again become the pre-eminent provider of vocational education.

The AEU is campaigning for contestable VET funding to be capped at a maximum 30% of total funding, with the remainder quarantined for public provision through TAFEs.

Join Put Education First - and urge the state government to commit 70% of public funding to TAFE.