EB9: it’s time to implement
Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 125 No 1, 21 February 2020, page no. 11
Following the certification of the agreement at the end of last year, you should now have received your back pay and new salary steps or classifications at the start of the school year. So what’s in store for 2020?
A number of the new strategies come into play this year.
The first is the reduction in flexible student free day hours from 15 hours to 10 hours. While it is the intention that these will no longer appear in the school calendar in future years and will solely be 10 additional professional development hours, this year they appear in the calendar for pay purposes only.
Here are some of the other changes that will occur this year.
- The $1,000 payment for beginning teachers who commence teaching in transfer rating 6 and 7 schools prior to the start of the school year. This payment is recognition that when moving to remote locations, a number of essentials need to be purchased prior to school starting, eg the filling of an electricity card when moving into teacher accommodation.
- A new senior teacher and experienced senior teacher process. The senior teacher process will form part of the Annual Performance Review process, and the new EST process will be localised.
- 2020 also brings new arrangements for education officers (special duties) (EOSDs)
The new agreement also establishes the Certified Agreement Implementation Committee (the CAIC), which had its first meeting in November 2019 and will continue to meet each term during the life of the agreement. The purpose of the CAIC is to ensure that as initiatives in the agreement are due to be rolled out, there is advice and information to schools and members within a reasonable timeframe.
This month, the CAIC will finalise the new processes for senior teacher and experienced senior teacher, clarify the EOSD process and address some issues outstanding from the commencement of the school year.
In addition, this year the CAIC will consider the proposed new RAIS, the introduction of additional non-contact time for beginning teachers in 2021, and other major initiatives such as the introduction of increased non-contact time for primary schools in 2022. The CAIC will also continue to discuss any impacts of the new promotional position classification structure.
Should any joint statements need to be reviewed, these will also be subject to discussion at the CAIC.
Following meetings of the CAIC the QTU will advise members of the outcomes.