Teachers and Assistant Teachers

The current enterprise agreement can be found here PDF (1.4 MB)

These bulletins only apply to employees covered by the Northern Territory Public Sector Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2017-2021 Enterprise Agreement.

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The Northern Territory Public Sector Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2017-2021 Enterprise Agreement is due to expire on 11 October 2021 and it has been agreed with the Australian Education Union to commence bargaining for a new agreement.

Initial bargaining meeting

The initial bargaining meeting is scheduled as follows:

Date: Friday, 25th June 2021
Time: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Location: Manunda Place, 38 Cavenagh Street Darwin

Bargaining representatives

The Fair Work Act 2009 imposes rights and obligations on employers, unions and employees with respect to the bargaining process. Attached for your information is the required statutory Notice of Employee Representational Rights, advising employees of the right to be represented in relation to the bargaining process.

Instruments of appointment for bargaining representatives can be forwarded before the initial meeting (or at any time during the bargaining process) to enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au or:

Attention: Employee Relations
Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment
GPO Box 4371
Darwin NT 0801

Bargaining representatives are requested to contact my Office on 8999 4282 to confirm meeting dates.

More information

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process will be posted to the OCPE website. Information on bargaining in general can be obtained at www.fwc.gov.au or you can contact the Fair Work Commission information line on 1300 799 675.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
June 2021

I, together with representatives from my Office and the Department of Education, met with the Australian Education Union (AEU) delegates on 25 June 2021.

We had a productive meeting with all parties listening and taking time to understand each other’s proposals. I advised that I am seeking an enterprise agreement that falls within the Northern Territory Public Sector Bargaining Policy 2021- 2024 with improved conditions of employment and efficiency measures, where indicated.

We will continue to work constructively together over the coming months to finalise a proposed new agreement, and it is my intention to bargain / negotiate issues so I can issue a formal offer to employees no later than 10 October 2021.

It is important you are kept informed on the progress of negotiations as these proposals relate to your employment.

Details of the proposals

Below is an outline of the employer’s proposed conditions:

  • $1000 lump sum payment per annum
  • Where time off in lieu or flextime is not available, paid NAIDOC leave up to 3 hours to attend NAIDOC March and approved activities
  • Move the majority of leave related By-laws into the agreement
  • Improve compassionate leave provisions to include the death of an employee’s non-immediate family member or a person related to the employee (e.g. aunt/uncle/niece/nephew/first cousin)
  • Improve existing provision to support family responsibilities - an employee to have the right to return from parental leave on a part-time basis for 6 months
  • New provision for pre-natal leave to allow for a spouse and a pregnant employee to access up to 8 hours leave for pregnancy related medical appointments
  • A four year agreement
  • Move foster or kinship carers leave into the agreement
  • A new entitlement for gender transition leave
  • Re-brand “purchased leave” as “flexible-lifestyle leave” to support work life balance.  Improve existing entitlement to allow purchasing up to eight weeks leave
  • Improve existing provision to allow an employee to access up to two hours per annum for mental health screening/cancer screening
  • Where time off in lieu or flextime is not available, a new provision to enable employees within 3 years of retirement age (currently 65) to access up to two hours paid leave per annum to seek independent financial advice on superannuation options
  • The agreement to have in place principles for a casual employee to have the right to request conversion to ongoing/fixed period employment after 12 months
  • Align professional development days for teachers – in addition to the professional development day prior to the commencement of the school year, a total of three compulsory development days to occur on the first day of the second, third and fourth term
  • Highly accomplished and lead teacher (HALT) Professional growth – introduce a requirement to have an annual teacher professional growth plan aligned to HALT career stages of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The allowance may be suspended where a professional growth process has not been undertaken
  • Assistant teachers incremental progression – introduce an option to progress through the increments with equivalent experience as determined by the Chief Executive
  • Mid-career teachers – introduce an option to progress through the increments with equivalent experience as determined by the Chief Executive
  • Move the majority of leave related by-laws relevant to the NTPS into the enterprise agreement (e.g. leave without pay, miscellaneous leave and defence service leave)
  • Stand down/non-term time provision – introduce a new clause to specify eligibility
  • Electricity subsidy for employees in remote localities – extend the electricity subsidy to all employees in government supplied housing in remote localities to provide a consistent approach aligned to the general enterprise agreement
  • Union rights – introduce a new clause to cover attendance at executive meetings and conference at the discretion of the Chief Executive
  • Probation – align teacher probation to the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 1993 to reflect that probation only applies to ongoing appointments

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Have your say – your feedback is important

Should you wish to express a view on the proposals or make a suggestion, you can provide your feedback to me by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au

More information

Regular bargaining updates will be posted to the OCPE webpage at Enterprise agreement negotiations.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
June 2021

I am pleased to report that negotiations with the Australian Education Union NT are continuing, with parties meeting on a weekly basis.

It is usual during negotiations for parties to indicate their ‘in principle’ agreement to particular claims.

‘In principle agreement’ is subject to the totality (or all) of the enterprise agreement matters under negotiation being acceptable to the relevant party (e.g. employer).

As at the meeting of 4 August 2021, my representatives have advised unions, on a without prejudice basis that I agree ‘in principle’ to the following claims:

  • Incorporate, as appropriate, agreed outcomes from negotiations of the general NTPS enterprise agreement.
  • Allow greater flexibility to allow Assistant Teachers to progress through the incremental scale based on experience.
  • A new framework for managing ongoing employment of Classroom Teachers.
  • Examine a process for probation better aligned with the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 1993 and requirements of the Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory.

Lump sum payments and more benefits

I acknowledge that unions and employees may have been expecting proposals for salary increases from the employer, as per previous agreements. However, to support the NT Government’s budget reform agenda and to support job certainty for employees, I am proposing:

  • $4000 over four years (plus employer superannuation guarantee) - Employer superannuation guarantee is applicable to the lump sum payment. Due to the rules of the defined benefit schemes, employer superannuation guarantee is not applicable to the lump sum paid to NTGPASS and CSS members
  • More benefits to employees to support work life balance and employees with caring responsibilities (e.g. a range of new leave options, including paid leave)
  • Inclusion of defence service leave, miscellaneous leave and leave without pay provisions into the Agreement

Further details of my proposals are outlined in Teachers and Assistant Teachers Bulletin 2.

The parties will continue to work constructively over the coming months to finalise a proposed new agreement.

Have your say – your feedback is important

Should you wish to express a view on the proposals or make a suggestion, you can provide your feedback to me by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au

More information

Regular bargaining updates will be posted to the OCPE webpage at Enterprise agreement negotiations.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
August 2021

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