ECTs reminded to check that Modern Award has been passed on

ECTs reminded to check that Modern Award has been passed on

by Freya Lucas

March 17, 2022

The New South Wales/ACT branch of the Independent Education Union (IEU) has reminded members covered by the Education Services (Teachers) Award 2020 to check that their wages reflect the additional increases ranging from 3.3 per cent to 13.6 per cent have been applied correctly to their pay. 


The Union won significant pay increases and improved conditions for members covered by the Education Services (Teachers) Award 2020 (“the modern award”) after an eight-year-long case in the Fair Work Commission. 


These increases are scheduled to be delivered through a new five-level classification structure, based on the accreditation level of a teacher and years of service at Proficient level. 


This means the faster a graduate teacher achieves Proficient Teacher accreditation, the faster they will access higher paying classification levels. 


The new classification structure also creates a new, higher level for teachers who are accredited as Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher. 


New Educational Leader’s allowance and a boost to Directors’ allowances 


An educational leader’s allowance of $3,845.14 per annum was also introduced from 1 January 2022 and will be paid to any teacher (including directors) who are designated under the National Regulations as an Educational Leader. 


As a consequence of the new classification structure, directors will also receive a 13.6 per cent increase in the directors’ allowance. 


Members are urged to check that they are being paid accurately and to call the union if they need any assistance. The union is only able to assist members with queries about their classification or teacher accreditation. Those who have not yet joined the union are encouraged to do so to access further support. 


More information on the Award is available here