4 August 2016
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EB8 Special Edition

On Wednesday 3 August, the Queensland Government tabled a new offer to the Queensland Teachers’ Union in an attempt to settle negotiations around enterprise bargaining.

This followed the balloting of members to consider strike action and a series of work bans in support of the Union’s claims.

The key outcomes of the proposed offer for new and beginning teachers are as follows.

  • A headline 2.5 per cent salary increase back-dated to 1 July 2016.
  • Removing the first step on the classification structure (Band 2 Step 1) as of 1 July 2016 and creating a new starting salary of $66,022, making Queensland’s beginning teachers among the highest paid in the country.
  • Reducing the number of years it will take to reach the top of the classroom teacher salary scale (EST) from more than 13 down to 10 by the end of the agreement. 
  • Providing beginning teachers (permanent and temporary teachers engaged for more than one term) with access to structured mentoring support in their first 12 months of teaching.
  • Improving job security through an increased focus on maximising permanent employment across the teaching workforce.
  • An EST salary of $101,000 p.a. from 1 July 2018.
  • Providing opportunities for classroom teachers to gain promotion to the newly created highly accomplished teacher (HAT) and lead teacher (LT) classifications as an extension of the career structure.
  • Addressing a range of workload issues for classroom teaching, including clarifying the purpose and use of teacher non-contact time.
  • Restoration of the commitment that classes would exceed size targets only in exceptional circumstances and after consultation.
  • Improved professional development arrangements for temporary teachers, including required attendance at and payment for student-free days.

These are significant outcomes for QTU members and classroom teachers. The streamlining of the classroom teacher classification structure will also result in Queensland teachers being among the highest paid in the country and achieving parity with Queensland’s Catholic teachers in 2018.

For more detailed information about the offer, visit:

All QTU members will soon be asked to participate in a workplace ballot to consider supporting the offer.  QTU Executive are recommending that you vote yes to support the offer in the ballot.

Any industrial action will be suspended while the QTU ballots members on the offer.

The Department of Education and Training, as the employer, is also required by law to conduct a ballot of all employees regarding a draft agreement before it can be certified by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.

If you have any questions about any of the information above or the enterprise bargaining process, contact your workplace Union Representative, QTU Organiser or the Queensland Teachers’ Assist Desk by phone on 1300 11 7823, by email to qtad@qtu.asn.au or by submitting an online request for information/advice form on the QTU website.

 Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union