In-principle agreement on Catholic school pay


Catholic school employers and the Independent Education Union of Australia have reached an in-principle agreement on a new four-year wage offer.

Staff in Queensland’s 300 Catholic schools will be asked to vote on the offer as part of a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.

Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director Lee-Anne Perry said the in-principle agreement was the culmination of a 16-month process and has been reached as part of New Approaches discussions in the Fair Work Commission.

“The in-principle agreement is a fair outcome for our staff who provide outstanding learning opportunities for young Queenslanders in Catholic schools,” Dr Perry said.

“It’s also an agreement that recognises the distinct nature of Queensland’s Catholic education sector.”

  • The agreement provides for: a four-year agreement delivering wage increases of 2.5 per cent per annum and a commitment to match the percentage of the wage/salary increase (if higher) provided to teachers employed by the Queensland Department of Education and Training. The increase will be back-dated to 1 July 2015 for teachers and 1 May 2015 for school officers and services staff.
  • a number of one-off increases to the base amounts paid in many teacher classifications, to be paid from 1 July 2016.
  • a review of the teacher classification structure with a view to implementing any changes by 1 July 2018. This review will be supervised by the Fair Work Commission and will give consideration to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Australian Professional Standards for Teachers including the Highly Accomplished Teacher and Lead Teacher classifications.

“We expect that a ballot of all staff will take place early next term to seek agreement for these proposals,” Dr Perry said.

“Staff will have the chance to see the full detail of the proposed agreement ahead of the ballot.

“If the ballot is successful then school authorities will begin processing the wage rise as soon as practicable.

“The in-principle agreement is a good outcome for all involved in Catholic education and we hope staff will support it through the ballot.

“I also want to take this opportunity to thank staff for their patience and ongoing commitment to our students and school community throughout this process.”


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