20 January, 2022
The Fair Work Commission has approved the VECTEA mirror agreements, the Victorian Early Childhood Agreement 2021 (VECA) and the Victorian Early Education Agreement 2021 (VEEA). Both Agreements will come into operation for their respective signatories on Thursday, 27 January 2022.
9 November, 2021
Voting for the two proposed mirror agreements to the VECTEA 2020, the Victorian Early Childhood Agreement 2021 (VECA 2021) and the Victorian Early Education Agreement 2021 (VEEA 2021) opens on Monday, 22 November. Employees covered by these agreements will receive an opportunity to cast an online ballot that closes on Tuesday, 30 November 2021.
Employers who are respondents to the VECA or VEEA are encouraged to check their emails from our VECTEA team. Access period materials must be provided to employees covered by the proposed agreements by Friday 12 November 2021. Employers can download access period explanatory materials and a copy of the agreement on this page below.
30 September, 2021
ELAA has published its VECTEA Wage Bulletins for the 1 October 2021 salary increase. Refer to MyMembership (IR/HR > Wages Bulletins) to download the latest bulletins.
VECTEA Mirror Agreements
Implementation Kit: Download here: VECA_VEEA Implementation Kit FINAL (PDF)
Implementation Kit Templates: Download here: VECA_VEEA Implementation Kit Templates (Docx).
Victorian Early Childhood Agreement 2021 (VECA 2021)
Victorian Early Education Agreement 2021 (VEEA 2021)
Enterprise agreements (previously referred to as Enterprise Bargaining Agreements or EBA’s) are written agreements made at an enterprise level between employers and employees and their union, concerning employment conditions.
An enterprise agreement sets out the minimum terms and conditions of employment, including wages, for employees, for a set period of up to four years.
An enterprise agreement must meet several requirements under the Fair Work Act before the Fair Work Commission can approve it. The terms and conditions of an enterprise agreement must have terms and conditions that are better off overall than the equivalent modern award and must not exclude any of the National Employment Standards.
A modern award (an award) is a document which sets out the minimum terms and conditions of employment on top of the National Employment Standards (NES) in the Fair Work Act. Modern awards came into effect on 1 January 2010 and are revised regularly with the Fair Work Commission’s Annual Wage Review and the four-yearly review into modern awards.
In the early childhood and care sector, there are two main awards apply to Early Childhood Teachers and Educators working in a Preschool or Kindergarten:
- The Educational Services (Teachers) Award 2020 [MA000077] for Early Childhood Teachers.
- The Children’s Services Award 2010 [MA000120] for Children’s Services Employees and support staff.
Administrative staff may also be covered by the terms of the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2020 [MA000002] instead of the VECTEA.
Enterprise Agreements (i.e. the VECTEA) commonly operate to the exclusion of relevant modern awards. The VECTEA operates to exclude the Educational Services (Teachers) Award and the Children’s Services Award and must have terms and conditions that are better off overall than these awards.
Both enterprise agreements and awards are referred to as industrial instruments. Industrial instruments are legally binding industrial documents which specify the terms and conditions of employment, including the minimum pay and obligations of employers.
A contract of employment is only part of the employment law framework that covers an employee in Australia. All employees are covered by the National Employment Standards (NES) regardless of whether they have signed a contract.
An employment contract cannot legally displace award or agreement terms and conditions, so if an award or agreement applies, it forms the employment contract background. A simplified relationship between various industrial instruments and legislation is detailed below.
A full list of employers is available in Schedule A of the VECTEA (2020). If your service is operated by an Early Years Manager, the name of your Early Years Manager will be listed.
Eligible VECTEA employees to vote include:
- Certificate III, Diploma Educators and Activity Group Leaders
- Early Childhood Teachers
- Advisors and Preschool Field Officers
- KIS Additional Assistants
- Nominated Supervisors and Educational Leaders
Eligible VECTEA employees include casual employees, and both union and non-union members. Please note, that employees performing solely administrative or management duties who do not fall under the Advisor classification, are not covered by the VECTEA.
The 2020 VECTEA will come into effect seven days after it is approved by the Fair Work Commission.
ELAA will notify you directly once the Commission has approved the agreement. We encourage you to review the salary tables in the agreement which will be available on the ELAA website from 12 April 2021 and prepare to implement the new wage increases for your employees.
Fair Work Commission – Agreement Approval Process
Once a result has been declared at the end of the voting period, ELAA will make an application to the Commission within 14 days of the vote closing. You will be notified when this occurs.
The Commission’s sets timeliness benchmarks between 8 to 16 weeks for an enterprise agreement’s approval process. These timeframes are from the date of receipt of an application from ELAA.
Applications that are compliant at lodgment and can be approved without undertakings:
- 50% to be finalised within three weeks
- 100% to be finalised within eight weeks
Applications that require undertakings or cannot be approved, including contested applications and applications requiring a hearing:
- 50% to be finalised within ten weeks
- 100% to be finalised within 16 weeks
For ELAA members, please contact our VECTEA Team at:
Early Learning Association Australia (employers only):
Employees who are members of the union, you may also contact the Australian Education Union for information and advice.
Australian Education Union
Membership Support Centre (MSC)
1800 238 842