ECEC Extra: Pay rise campaign updates

There is progress in the quest for multi-employer/whole of sector agreements to address pay and conditions in the ECEC sector: transformative change is within reach.

Long day care – supported bargaining update

The long day care proceedings are being finalised with the assistance of the Fair Work Commission.

The IEU (with the Australian Education Union and United Workers Union) claim for a fully funded 25 per cent pay rise and improved conditions for teachers and educators is being considered by the federal government.

The government has advised it will consider the outcome of the Annual Wage Review (scheduled to take place on 3 June) before advising the IEU of their funding position. The government has committed to fund a substantial wage increase. It’s now a matter of waiting to see what they will commit to. Watch this space!

Preschools – supported bargaining update

The IEU is progressing an application to seek a supported bargaining authorisation for preschools across NSW. Thanks to all our fantastic preschool teacher ambassadors and our preschool teacher members, our voice is being heard. We need a substantial pay rise and equity with school settings. 

Parent management committees are now coming on board to stand with preschool teachers to demand the NSW government fund improved pay and conditions in the preschool sector. A supported bargaining application will be lodged in the Fair Work Commission in the coming weeks.  

If you want to get involved in our ECEC campaign or just need more information, email Kate Damo on

This update is part of the May 2024 edition of EXEC Extra enewsletter (formerly known as Teachers R Teachers). ECEC Extra is distributed to early childhood teachers, long day care centres and preschools three times per year. You can read past editions of ECEC Extra on our enews homepage or stay across all our updates for early childhood teachers on our ECEC page or via our Facebook community group for members only.