On 17 August, the Fair Work Commission released a decision to vary the Victorian Early Childhood Teachers and Educators Agreement 2016 (VECTEA) as it relates to the payment of casual educators.
This decision comes after a series of discussions between ELAA and the Australian Education Union (AEU) before the Commission during which the parties agreed that the VECTEA was ambiguous concerning the rates of pay that apply to casual employees, and made application to the Commission to vary the agreement to clarify the ambiguity.
The Commission has now agreed to the variation and hence determined that casual educators under the VECTEA should be paid at the “52/52” rate plus 25% as per Schedule 2 of the agreement from 1 July 2017. See a copy of the Fair Work Commission decision
The parties have also agreed that there is a back-pay component for casual educators, effective from the date of commencement of the VECTEA (i.e. 29 June 2016).
ELAA has developed an Excel worksheet to assist with backpay calculations and this is available on our website. This Excel worksheet is only available to ELAA members. To access the worksheet:
1. go to ‘My Membership’ tab on the main menu of the ELAA website
2. login with your member details
3. choose the ‘Industrial Bulletins’ menu option from the menu on the left hand side of the page.
In future, casual educators and Activity Group Leaders will be paid according to the 52/52 pay scales with a 25% loading in lieu of leave entitlements.
For more detail regarding the Fair Work Commission decision please see our latest August Industrial Relations Bulletin
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