Educational Services (Schools) General Staff AwardGuide [MA000118]

Educational Services (Schools) General Staff AwardGuide [MA000118]

Table of content

  1. What is the Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award?
  2. Who is covered by the Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award?
  3. How are the hours of work arranged in the Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award ?
  4. How are wages and allowances calculated in the Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award?
  5. How is the leave managed in the Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award?
  6. How can Workstem assist you?

This article provides guidelines on the Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award package. For more information on this award, please refer to the Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award.

What is the Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award?

The Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award sets minimum employment conditions and entitlements for staff working in educational services.

It covers various roles in schools, including supervision, support, instruction, nursing, administration, operational services, and wellbeing. The award includes provisions for classifications, penalty rates, and definitions of terms like casual and regular casual employees. Its purpose is to ensure fair employment practices in the educational services industry.

Who is covered by the Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award?

Coverage

The Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award applies to employers and employees in the school education industry who fall under the specified classifications of the award.

The school education industry means providing education in a school that is registered and/or accredited by the relevant authority in each state or territory, including all operations of the school. Additionally, it also includes:

  • preschools
  • early childhood education
  • early childhood services operated by a school.

Where the provision of school education is directed, managed and/or controlled by a central or regional administration of a system of schools, it may also include persons involved in providing such services to schools.

Examples of employees covered by this award includes:

A general employee of a school who provides:
  • boarding supervision services
  • classroom support services
  • curriculum/resources services
  • instructional services
  • nursing services
  • preschool/childcare services
  • school administration services
  • wellbeing services
school operational services whose main duties are the support other services of a school, including:
  • construction
  • plumbing
  • carpentry
  • painting and other trades
  • maintenance
  • school facility management
  • security
  • gardening
  • turf management
  • cleaners
  • care takers
  • laundry work
  • working at the canteen
  • uniform shops
  • book shops
  • bus drivers.

The following employers and employees are not covered by the Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award:

  • teachers
  • principals or deputy principals
  • a bursar (financial administrator) or business manager
  • members of a recognised religious teaching order and/or a Minister of Religion or employed for religious instruction, supervision of prayers or any other religious duties of a non-teaching nature.

Source: Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award [MA000076] clauses 2, 4 and schedule A.

How are the hours of work arranged in the Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award ?

Hours of work

  • Ordinary hours of work—employees other than shiftworkers
Full-time employees The standard working hours for full-time employees are 38 hours per week, unless otherwise specified.
Part-time employees The regular working hours for part-time employees will comply with the provisions outlined in the Part-time Employees clause.
Casual employees The regular working hours for casual employees will adhere to the regulations specified in the Casual Employees clause and will not exceed 38 hours per week.
Averaging of ordinary hours: An employee’s regular working hours can be averaged over a specific period:
  • For curriculum/resources services employees engaged in outdoor education or boarding supervision services employees, the averaging period can be up to 12 months.
  • For all other employees, the averaging period can be either 2 weeks or 4 weeks.

Breaks

Meal Break

  • An employer must provide an unpaid meal break of at least 30 consecutive minutes.
  • This meal break is mandatory for employees who work for more than 5 hours on a day.
  • The meal break should start no later than 5 hours after the employee began working on that day.

Rest Break

An employee is entitled to a 10-minute rest break for every 3 hours worked.
The maximum number of rest breaks per shift is 2.
If there are 2 rest breaks, the options are:

  • The employer and employee can agree to one rest break of 20 minutes.
  • The employer may require one rest break of 20 minutes for employees in classroom support services.
Rest breaks are considered as time worked.
The timing of rest breaks is determined by the employer.
Rest breaks should not be scheduled immediately before or after a meal break, unless agreed upon by the employee and the employer.

How are wages and allowances calculated in the Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award?

Minimum rates

  • Adult employees rates 

Employee classification level

Annual salary1

(full-time employee)

Minimum weekly rate

(full-time employee)

Minimum hourly rate

$ $

$

Level 1

1.1

46,065 882.80 23.23
1.2 47,739 914.90

24.08

1.3 49,414 947.00

24.92

Level 2

2.1

49,780 954.00

25.11

2.2 51,314 983.40

25.88

Level 3

3.1

51,950 995.60

26.20

3.2 52,879 1013.40

26.67

Level 4

4.1

54,836

1050.90 27.66
4.2 57,586 1103.60

29.04

Level 5

5.1

59,459

1139.50

29.99

5.2 62,303 1194.00

31.42

Level 6

6.1

64,541 1236.90 32.55
6.2 68,930 1321.00

34.76

Level 7

7.1

70,949

1359.70

35.78
7.2 73,229 1403.40

36.93

7.3 75,494 1446.80

38.07

Level 8 82,215 1575.60

41.46

Note: The commencement levels for employees vary depending on the specific classification.

  •  Junior employee rates
Age

% of adult rate

Under 17 years of age

50%

17 years of age

60%
18 years of age

70%

19 years of age

80%

20 years of age

90%

  • Apprentice minimum rates

Year of apprenticeship

% of the Level 3.1 rate

1st year

45%

2nd year

55%
3rd year

75%

4th year

90%

Note: Pre-2014 apprentices will receive a percentage of the Level 3.1 rate.

Year of apprenticeship

Have not completed Year 12 Have completed Year 12

% of the Level 3.1 rate

1st year

50% 55%

2nd year

60% 65%
3rd year 75%

75%

4th year 90%

90%

Note: Post-2014 apprentices will receive a percentage of the Level 3.1 rate.

*For more information about minimum rates, please refer to the complete version of Fair Work.

Overtime Rates

For overtime worked on

Full-time and part-time employees(% of minimum hourly rate) Casual employees(% of minimum hourly rate)

Monday to Saturday—first 3 hours

150% 175%

Monday to Saturday—after 3 hours

200%

225%

Sunday 200%

225%

Public holidays 250%

275%

Allowance

Allowances Rate
Apprentice training fees and textbook costs reimbursement reimbursement of training fees for prescribed courses and the cost of prescribed textbooks
Apprentice travel to block release training reimbursement reimbursement for the excess reasonable travel costs incurred in the course of travelling to and from the training
First aid allowance – not nurses or exclusively employed first aid officers $3.57 per day up to a maximum of $857.18 per year
Uniform or protective clothing allowance $1.20 per day up to a maximum of $6.00 per week
Uniform or protective clothing reimbursement reimbursement for the purchase price of the uniform or protective clothing
Laundry allowance $0.30 per day up to a maximum of $1.50 per week
Meal allowance $18.23 for a meal
On call allowance payment at the minimum hourly rate of pay for each period of up to 24 hours on call
Recall allowance payment at the appropriate overtime rates with a minimum payment of 2 hours
Sleepover allowance – boarding supervision services employee or a nursing services employee $57.15 per sleepover
Vehicle allowance – motor car $0.96 per km up to a maximum payment of 400 km per week
Vehicle allowance – motorcycle $0.32 per km up to a maximum payment of 400 km per week
Tool allowance – carpenter or joiner (including apprentice carpenter or joiner)
Tool allowance – carpenter or joiner $0.87 per hour up to a maximum of $33.12 per week
Tool allowance – 1st year apprentice (started before 1 January 2014) $0.39 per hour up to a maximum of $14.90 per week
Tool allowance – 2nd year apprentice (started before 1 January 2014) $0.48 per hour up to a maximum of $18.22 per week
Tool allowance – 3rd year apprentice (started before 1 January 2014) $0.65 per hour up to a maximum of $24.84 per week
Tool allowance – 4th year apprentice (started before 1 January 2014) $0.78 per hour up to a maximum of $29.81 per week
Tool allowance – 1st year apprentice – did not complete year 12 (started after 1 January 2014) $0.44 per hour up to a maximum of $16.56 per week
Tool allowance – 1st year apprentice – completed year 12 (started after 1 January 2014) $0.48 per hour up to a maximum of $18.22 per week
Tool allowance 2nd year apprentice – did not complete year 12 (started after 1 January 2014) $0.52 per hour up to a maximum of $19.87 per week
Tool allowance 2nd year apprentice – completed year 12 (started after 1 January 2014) $0.57 per hour up to a maximum of $21.53 per week
Tool allowance – 3rd year apprentice (started after 1 January 2014) $0.65 per hour up to a maximum of $24.84 per week
Tool allowance – 4th year apprentice (started after 1 January 2014) $0.78 per hour up to a maximum of $29.81 per week
Tool allowance – trades other than carpenter or joiner (including apprentices)
Tool allowance tradesperson (not carpenter or joiner) $0.46 per hour up to a maximum of $17.50 per week
Tool allowance – 1st year apprentice (started before 1 January 2014) $0.21 per hour up to a maximum of $7.88 per week
Tool allowance – 2nd year apprentice (started before 1 January 2014) $0.25 per hour up to a maximum of $9.63 per week
Tool allowance – 3rd year apprentice (started before 1 January 2014) $0.35 per hour up to a maximum of $13.13 per week
Tool allowance – 4th year apprentice (started before 1 January 2014) $0.41 per hour up to a maximum of $15.75 per week
Tool allowance – 1st year apprentice – did not complete year 12 (started after 1 January 2014) $0.23 per hour up to a maximum of $8.75 per week
Tool allowance – 1st year apprentice – completed year 12 (started after 1 January 2014) $0.25 per hour up to a maximum of $9.63 per week
Tool allowance 2nd year apprentice – did not complete year 12 (started after 1 January 2014) $0.28 per hour up to a maximum of $10.50 per week
Tool allowance 2nd year apprentice – completed year 12 (started after 1 January 2014) $0.30 per hour up to a maximum of $11.38 per week
Tool allowance – 3rd year apprentice (started after 1 January 2014) $0.35 per hour up to a maximum of $13.13 per week
Tool allowance – 4th year apprentice (started after 1 January 2014) $0.41 per hour up to a maximum of $15.75 per week

How is the leave managed in the Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award?

In the Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award, leave entitlements for employees are determined by the National Employment Standards (NES) and the classification of the employee.

Annual leave

Annual leave is provided for in the NES.

An employer can require an employee to take their annual leave during non-term weeks. During annual leave, employees will receive a loading based on their ordinary rate of pay.

  • For day workers, the annual leave loading is 17.5% of their ordinary rate of pay.
  • For shiftworkers, the annual leave loading is 17.5% of their ordinary rate of pay or the applicable shift loading, whichever is higher.

Public holidays

Public holiday entitlements are provided for in the NES.

An employee working on a public holiday will be paid 250% of the minimum hourly rate for ordinary hours worked, unless they have agreed with their employer to take a day off instead and receive the minimum hourly rate. Employers and employees can also agree to substitute another day or part-day for a public holiday, which will be considered the official public holiday for all purposes of the award.

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