Supported Bargaining Agreement Update

From left: AEU Industrial Officer Renee Mooney, IEU ECEC Organiser Lisa James, AEU Vice President Early Childhood Cara Nightingale and IEU Industrial Officer Michael Aird.

Negotiations for a Supported Bargaining Agreement to cover teachers and educators employed in long day care services run by 64 employers continued on 23 February 2024.

The Commonwealth Government sent six representatives including Julia Chandra, Michele Arcaro and Tristan Reed from the Australian Government Department of Education.

There is agreement between unions, employer representatives and the Australian Government that once the SBA is approved, it will be extended to other long day care centres throughout Australia.

We were encouraged by the discussions and significant progress was made on the Commonwealth’s contribution towards a wage increase. The Commonwealth has committed to continue engaging collaboratively with parties.

Read full update below.