Proficient teacher - what it's worth to your pay
Under most enterprise agreements in NSW and the ACT, gaining your Proficient teacher status is the gateway to pay rises in the short term and affects the timing of pay rises into the future.
Catholic systemic schools
Teachers who commenced employment with a diocese after 2014 (and who do not have prior continuous service with another diocese) are paid on the standards pay model under the NSW/ACT Catholic Systemic Schools Enterprise Agreement (EA).
Under the standards pay model, if you do not have Proficient status you are paid on the Graduate rate. You progress to the higher Proficient pay band if you have Proficient teacher status from your teacher accreditation authority and have two years full time equivalent experience. The first step on the Proficient Band is $14,000 higher than the Graduate rate so this is definitely a worthwhile move.
Not only that, future pay steps within the Proficient band occur on the anniversary of the date you progressed to that band.
Under the EA employers have to support Graduate teachers to attain Proficient status, but it is the responsibility of the individual teacher. Make sure you know the support you are entitled to, such as release from face to face teaching, and check in regularly with your mentor. Aim to achieve Proficient status within the two year EA timeframe to maximise your pay.