Education Support employees:
your new Agreement

The new Agreement delivers pay increases and a new classification structure

The new Agreement covering your employment, negotiated last year between the IEU and Catholic Education employers has delivered a number of significant improvements for all education support staff, including salary increases and a better classification structure.

While some of the detail of these new arrangements is complicated, these are significant achievements, won through more than two years’ hard campaigning and bargaining by IEU members.

Education support staff covered by these changes include teacher aides, Laboratory/Library/AV and IT staff, clerical and administrative staff, and school counsellors.

Remember that IEU staff are always available to explain these changes and the terms of the new Agreement to you. If you have any questions about how this Agreement applies to your circumstances, speak to your Rep or feel free to contact us on 9254 1860 or

Salary Increases

Following on from the increases backdated from April and August 2013, the salary rates for Education Support employees (ES) have been increased this year from the first pay period on or after 1 February, and will be increased again from the first pay period on or after 1 August 2014.

The rates of pay will continue to be increased over the life of the agreement, with scheduled increases for February and August 2015.

New Classification Structure – Key Features

  • A new 5 Level Education Support (ES) classification structure has replaced the previous seven level School Officer (SO) structure, and all staff in the previous structure have been translated into the first four levels of the new structure.
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  • There are special arrangements for the 2014 school year for fixed term ES employees who are re-appointed at the start of the 2014 school year without a break in service.

  • A new ES Level 5 was introduced in February 2014. ES employees can be reclassified to the new level if they meet the level descriptors. All other Level re-classifications – eligible employees are able to apply for re-classification to another Level. The IEU Handbook will assist members in re-classification applications.

  • The number of salary subdivisions within each of ES Levels 1 to 4 decreases over the life of the Agreement, so that by the end of the agreement there are fewer steps required to reach the top of a level. This also means that some levels are re-numbered over the life of the agreement.

Progression from ES Level 3-7

Checking your new classification level and tracking your salary

To check on your classification level in the new structure and to follow what happens over the life of the agreement, ES employees need to first identify the relevant employment group they belong to. For the purposes of classification and tracking there are three groups:

  • Ongoing employees who were ongoing employees at the end of the 2013 school year and continue to be employed without a break in service.
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  • Fixed term employees who were employed at the end of the school year and have another contract this year without a break in service. (Note: fixed term employees at the previous SO level 3-10 with more than 5 years of experience will have their total years of experience counted to determine their new ESS level 2 subdivision). 
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  • New Employees (both ongoing and fixed term) who do not have continuous service from the end of last year.
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For each of these groups the relevant tracking table contains salaries for Category A, B and C Education Support Staff. Category A employees normally works 48 weeks per year and receives four weeks paid annual leave per year; Category B employees normally works during the school term only and receives paid school holidays; and Category employees normally works 45 weeks per year and receive seven weeks paid school holidays.

Salary assessment for new employees

The salary assessment process for new employees with service outside of Catholic education in Victoria requires the employee to provide evidence of any service within 6 months of commencing.

If evidence of service is provided after this time then salary adjustment arising from the evidence will only be backdated for 6 months from the date of production of the evidence. The employer must advise the employee of these requirements upon engagement and in the new induction requirements.

Additional payment for recall days

Commencing this year, Category B School Officers who are recalled in the school holidays (to a maximum of 6 days per year) are now entitled to an additional payment by way of a 72.47% loading on the daily rate for each day of recall undertaken.