Some NSW Catholic School Teachers Now Paid 1.5% More Than NSW Government School Teachers 

Wednesday, 31 May 2023 

The Independent Education Union of Australia NSW/ACT Branch, which represents over 32,000 teachers, support staff and principals in the non-government education sector, has announced that the Catholic Schools Broken Bay Enterprise Agreement 2023 (CSBB EA) has been resoundingly endorsed by members. 

93% of staff who voted (1,674), voted ‘Yes’ in favour of the CSBB EA, with an overall voter turnout of 73%, which is double the previous voter rate (31%) in NSW/ACT during the 2020 EA vote. 

“IEU members in the Broken Bay Diocese have overwhelmingly endorsed the CSBB EA.” Mark Northam, Secretary of the Independent Education Union of Australia NSW/ACT Branch, said. 

“There is effectively now a new teachers rate in NSW which is 1.5% above the other dioceses and Government schools in NSW” Northam said. 

“This is an important benchmark and will put pressure on the other dioceses to engage in productive discussions to end the teacher shortage, by ensuring salaries are competitive with other professional careers.”  

From 1 June 2023, key provisions such as the pay protections clause and improved paid parental leave, will take effect.  

The IEU looks forward to cooperative talks with other dioceses to achieve similar improvements for teachers in those schools who are covered by separate enterprise agreements. 


IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary Mark Northam, 0427 667 061 

Media Advisor Brigitte Garozzo, 0448 847 469, 

The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch represents over 32,000 teachers, principals and support staff in Catholic and independent schools, early childhood centres and post-secondary colleges. 

Authorised by Mark Northam, Secretary, IEUA NSW/ACT Branch