The CER/IEU Joint Working Party meets to look at School Clerical and Administrative Roles
The joint working party had a positive and productive meeting when it met on Wednesday 21 April.
The meeting saw the working party undertake an analysis of the classification criteria position descriptors and duties of Clerical and Administrative Employees in Catholic systemic schools and the equivalent roles in NSW government schools. In line with the Terms of Reference, the primary discussion went to identifying comparability of roles between the sectors and to identify differences in pay rates where comparability exists.
The meeting addressed the School Administrative Officer role in the Crown Employees (School Administrative and Support Staff) Award and the School Administrative Services Employee Level 4 in the NSW ACT Catholic Systemic Schools Enterprise Agreement 2020. Although there are structural differences between the industrial instruments, around the inclusion some specific specialist roles, the key features and functions of the clerical and administrative roles are essentially the same. It was acknowledged that although the roles were comparable and for all intents and purposes equivalent, different rates of pay existed between the sectors. The public sector has one rate of pay for the School Administrative Officers and the Catholic Systemic Schools Agreement has a three-level incremental pay structure.
The meeting then addressed the School Administrative Managers’ role in the Crown Employees (School Administrative and Support Staff) Award and the School Administrative Services Employee Level 5/6 in the NSW ACT Catholic Systemic Schools Enterprise Agreement 2020. Although there are again structural differences between the industrial instruments, the key features and functions of the senior clerical and administrative roles are essentially the same.
The working party identified and discussed the different rates of pay that existed between the sector for these classifications. The public sector has four different levels for their School Administrative Managers, which are determined by a formula based on enrolment numbers. Whereas the classification level of School Administrative Officers at either Level 5 or 6 in the Catholic Systemic Schools Agreement is determined by the type, location and size of the school.
It was also noted that the Public Sector Award doesn’t have a classification that is equivalent to our Level 3 Clerical Assistant, which is an entry level with very limited duties and no experience or training.
The working party also discussed how some staff working in these roles where the duties fell outside of classification levels of the agreement and agreed that a further review of these may be necessary.
Further meetings of the working party are scheduled to be held in the coming months. Each meeting focussing on the following occupational groupings: Specialist Assistants (Science Assistants, Library Assistants, ITC, Food Technology/Hospitality Assistants etc) which will be addressed at the May meeting; Learning Support Assistants and Special Education Assistants at the June meeting; and Aboriginal Education Workers and Finance Officers in July.
The input and participation from our members in the process has been fantastic. Organisers have been meeting with members across the state to gather details of the work they are doing and how their roles may have changed over time. If you work in the roles that are yet to be considered and would like to be part of the consultation, please contact your IEU organiser or Carolyn Moore on email@example.com