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NewsExtra: ACT update re Pay Rises (Catholic Education Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn)

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ACT Update re Pay Rises

ACT teacher pay rises

Catholic Education Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn (CE) paid teachers in ACT schools a pay rise with effect from the pay period after 1 August 2023, but paid in the pay cycle ending 25 August 2023.

The increases occurred in the context of the recent deal between the Australian Education Union and the ACT Government for improvements in teacher pay and conditions for teachers in ACT government schools. The ACT public sector increases were back paid to January 2023 and the CE increases were paid from August. However, the new rates are, with one exception, higher than the comparable ACT public sector rates. CE wishes to match the public sector rates but pay one larger percentage increase in August each year rather than lots of small increases.

Has the IEU agreed to the new teacher pay rates?

The IEU was consulted about the new pay scale and is not opposed to this in principle, provided that during a year, the total amount received by members is not less than the pay received by comparable ACT government teachers. There are however a small number of classifications that we have identified where this is not the case in 2023, including the 2nd year Graduate, Proficient 5 and Coordinator 1.0 rates. We also have not reached agreement on pay rates for 2024 and 2025.

One complication is that the ACT Catholic systemic teacher pay structure reflects the standards pay structure applying in NSW Catholic systemic and NSW government schools. Significant changes have been foreshadowed to the structure in the negotiations between the NSW Government and the NSW Teachers Federation. The changes, if adopted in NSW government schools, would also apply to NSW Catholic systemic teachers. The improvements may also be agreed for the ACT Catholic systemic teacher pay scale but are not yet finalised.

General employees

General employees have received the following increases:

  • all general employees received a pay rise of 2.54% from January 2023
  • administrative and classroom and learning support staff on Levels 4, 5 and 6 received pay rises backdated to January 2023 as a result of the IEU claim for parity with NSW public sector support staff rates
  • all general employees in schools also received a pay rise of 4% backdated to July.

Ongoing discussions

The IEU is continuing to seek a satisfactory resolution on the outstanding teacher pay issues.


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