Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 127 No 1, 11 February 2022, page no.13
The start of 2022 sees the introduction of the new experienced senior teacher 2 (EST2) classification secured by the QTU in the last round of enterprise bargaining.
More than 10,000 teachers are now eligible for EST2. Those shifting to EST2 will see their pay rise to $110,500 a year from 1 January, compared to $108,776 for EST (including the 1 January pay rise).
A teacher is eligible for EST2 if they have:
- completed three or more years satisfactory service as an EST
- had an annual performance review (APR) discussion with their supervisor, informed by the AITSL Highly Accomplished Teacher competencies.
There is no requirement for the APR to contain a goal that aligns to the Highly Accomplished Teacher focus areas and standard descriptors. Additionally, there is no requirement to undertake additional duties.
Teachers who achieved the three-year service requirement at EST before 1 January were notified by the DoE human resources team last semester as part of a bulk process. Those who have progressed will be paid at the EST2 rate from 1 January.
Teachers who will achieve the three-year service requirement after 1 January will be notified of their eligibility for EST2 in the term preceding their eligibility. Notification of eligibility for this increment follows QTU advocacy. Teachers who will become eligible during Term 1 this year will have received their notification during Term 4 last year.
Any member who has queries about their eligibility should email the DoE at firstname.lastname@example.org
While introducing EST2, the DoE has also introduced a new process for both experienced senior teacher and EST2 classifications.
From the beginning of 2022, the process for EST and EST2 will be via a single form available on OnePortal, with a tick box enabling teachers to indicate which increment they are applying for.
All applications require a current APR. Applications are forwarded to the principal for verification that the teacher has completed the required satisfactory service.
The QTU has worked with the DoE to streamline the process to make it easier for both the teachers who are applying and for the school leaders who must sign off on the applications.
- QTU EST brochure: www.qtu.asn.au/braest
- RecruitmentTeaching@qed.qld.gov.au (for enquiries regarding the EST application and process, including applications that have not been verified)
- email@example.com (for enquiries regarding processing verified EST applications).