Educational Services (Teachers) Award Guide [MA000077]

Educational Services (Teachers) Award  Guide [MA000077]

Table of content

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

This article provides guidelines on the educational services (teachers) award guide. For more information on this award, please refer to the educational services (teachers) award.

What is the Educational Services (Teachers) Award?

The Educational Services (Teachers) Award is a set of legal minimum employment standards and conditions that apply to employees working in the school education industry, or children’s services and early childhood education industries in Australia.

The award sets out the minimum wage rates, working hours, overtime, annual leave, sick leave, and other entitlements for employees working in various roles within the school education industry, or children’s services and early childhood education industries, such as qualified teachers,unqualified teachers working in a registered school teachers appointed as Directors in the children’s services and early childhood education industries.The award is designed to ensure that employees of the school education industry, or children’s services and early childhood education industries are treated fairly and receive reasonable pay and conditions for their work.

Who is covered by the Educational Services (Teachers) Award?

Coverage

The Teachers Award covers employers in the:

  • school education industry, or
  • children’s services and early childhood education industries.

It also covers employees of these employers who fit within the classifications of the award.

The school education industry means providing education, including preschool or early childhood education, in:

  • a school registered or accredited under the relevant authority in each State or Territory, or
  • an early childhood service operated by a school.

Examples of employers and employees covered by the Teachers Award:

  • primary schools
  • secondary schools
  • qualified teachers
  • unqualified teachers working in a registered school
  • teachers appointed as Directors in the children’s services and early childhood education industries.

The Teachers Award also covers labour hire businesses and their employees who are placed with an organisation in the school education, children’s services and early childhood education industries.

The following employees are not covered by the Teachers Award, unless they are a teacher of the school curriculum or part of the teaching staff:

  • a person employed to provide religious instruction, supervision of prayer or to undertake other religious duties
  • employees who facilitate early childhood physical education programs
  • a sports coach, assistant or trainer, or
  • a person employed solely to instruct students individually (for example, in music, language, dance or similar) and/or small group such as student choir, band, string ensemble or similar.

The Teachers Award does not cover principals, vice principals or deputy principals.

The Teachers Award also does not cover:

  • teachers or integration aides (not university qualified in early childhood teaching)
  • classroom assistants
  • director or supervisors

who work in or in connection with a:

  • childcare
  • preschools
  • long day care centres
  • child minding centres or
  • out-of-school hours care services.

How are the hours of work arranged in the Educational Services (Teachers) Award?

Ordinary hours of work

A teacher appointed as a Director, employed in an early childhood service which operates for 48 or more weeks per year who are covered by the provisions of Schedule A—Hours of Work and Related Matters—Teachers employed in early childhood services operating for at least 48 weeks per year.

  • Due to the operational requirements of employers in the industry, the ordinary hours of an employee under this award may be averaged over a 12 month period.
  • The ordinary hours of work for an employee during term weeks are variable. In return, an employee is not generally required to attend for periods of time when the students are not present, subject to the needs of the employer with regard to professional development, student free days and other activities requiring the employee’s attendance.
  • The maximum number of days that the employee will be required to attend during term weeks and non-term weeks is 205 in each school year.

Breaks

Unpaid meal break
  • An employer is required to provide an unpaid meal break of not less than 30 consecutive minutes to an employee who is engaged or rostered to work for more than 5 hours a day. Such a meal break will start no later than 5 hours after the employee commenced work on that day.
  • Above does not apply to teachers employed in early childhood services operating for at least 48 weeks per year who are covered by the provisions of Schedule A—Hours of Work and Related Matters—Teachers employed in early childhood services operating for at least 48 weeks per year.
Paid meal break
  • If a teacher employed in an early childhood service is required to remain on the premises during the meal break they will be entitled to a paid meal break of between 20 and 30 minutes no later than 5 hours after commencing work.

How are wages and allowances calculated in the Educational Services (Teachers) Award?

Minimum rates

Full time employee:

Classification Criteria Minimum weekly rate – preschools and schools (full time employee) Minimum annual salary – preschools and schools (full time employee) Minimum weekly rate – long day care centres (full time employee)

Minimum annual rate – long day care centres (full time employee)

$ $ $ $
Level 1 Graduate teacher and all other teachers (as defined) including those holding provisional or conditional accreditation/registration 1293.80 67,513 1345.60 70,214
Level 2 Teacher with proficient accreditation/registration or equivalent 1414.20 73,793 1470.80 76,745
Level 3 Teacher with proficient accreditation/registration or equivalent after 3 years’ satisfactory teaching service at Level 2 1539.60 80,334 1601.10 83,547
Level 4 Teacher with proficient accreditation/registration or equivalent after 3 years’ satisfactory teaching service at Level 3 1664.90 86,876 1731.50 90,351
Level 5 Teacher with Highly Accomplished/Lead Teacher accreditation /registration or equivalent 1790.30 93,416 1861.90 97,153

Part-time employee rates:

A part-time employee will be paid pro rata, at the same rate as a full-time employee in the same classification.

Casual employee rates:

Full day
  • The weekly rate of pay for an employee will be determined by dividing the annual rate by 52.18 and the fortnightly rate by dividing the annual rate by 26.09.
  • Weekly rate calculated in accordance with above divided by 5 plus 25%
Half day
  • The weekly rate of pay for an employee will be determined by dividing the annual rate by 52.18 and the fortnightly rate by dividing the annual rate by 26.09.
  • Weekly rate calculated in accordance with above divided by 10 plus 25%

Allowance

Allowances Rate
Director’s allowance – level 1 $3.92 per hour
Director’s allowance – level 2 $4.85 per hour
Director’s allowance – level 3 $5.89 per hour
Leadership allowance – level 1A $5,401.04 per annum
Leadership allowance – level 1B $4,725.91 per annum
Leadership allowance – level 1C $4,253.32 per annum
Leadership allowance – level 2A $3,713.22 per annum
Leadership allowance – level 2B $3,206.87 per annum
Leadership allowance – level 2C $2,700.52 per annum
Leadership allowance – level 3A $1,856.61 per annum
Leadership allowance – level 3B $1,586.56 per annum
Leadership allowance – level 3C $1,080.21 per annum
Educational leader allowance – 5 days or more per week $4,253.32 per year
Educational leader allowance – 4 days per week $3,402.64 per year
Educational leader allowance – 3 days per week $2,551.98 per year
Educational leader allowance – 2 days per week $1,701.32 per year
Educational leader allowance – 1 day per week $850.66 per year
Vehicle allowance – motor car $0.96 per km up to a maximum of 400 kms per week
Vehicle allowance – motorcycle $0.32 per km up to a maximum of 400 kms per week

How is the leave managed in the Educational Services (Teachers) Award?

In the school education industry, or children’s services and early childhood education industries, leave entitlements for employees are determined by the National Employment Standards (NES) and the classification of the employee.

Public holidays

Public holidays are provided for in the  NES.

Substitution of public holidays:

  • An employer and employee may agree to substitute another day for a day that would otherwise be a public holiday under the NES.
  •  An employer and employee may agree to substitute another part-day for a part-day that would otherwise be a part-day public holiday under the NES.

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