12 July, 2021
ELAA welcomes the approval of the Victorian Early Childhood Teachers and Educators Agreement (VECTEA) 2020 by the Fair Work Commission this afternoon. This agreement brings Victorian community early childhood teachers and educators significantly closer to the wages and conditions of their primary school counterparts. CLICK to learn more.
VECTEA 2020 – Implementation Resources
- VECTEA 2020 Implementation Kit (Download here v.13)
- TEMPLATES (Word Doc.) VECTEA 2020 Implementation Kit – Now Available (Download here – v.1)
- VECTEA 2020 Information Webinar presentation notes –
VECTEA 2020 – General Resources
- Victorian Early Childhood Teachers and Educators Agreement 2020  FWCA 3620 (VECTEA 2020) – Fair Work Commission version
- List of VIT endorsed teacher programs for 3 and 4-year degrees (updated 14 July 2021) – AITSL Accredited programs list (aitsl.edu.au)
- Comparison between Agreements and Awards Information Resource
- List of Employers (Signatories) under the VECTEA 2020
- VECTEA 2020 – Salary Rates – Excel Format
- VECTEA 2020 ELAA Wage Bulletins (available shortly)
- 46/52 Rates – Educators and Activity Group Leaders Wage Bulletin
- 52/52 Rates – Educators and Activity Group Leaders Wage Bulletin
- Teachers Wage Bulletin (52/52 Rates) – All Early Childhood Teachers
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