Teachers and assistant teachers enterprise agreement negotiations

The Northern Territory Public Sector (NTPS) Teachers and Assistant Teachers' 2017 - 2021 Enterprise Agreement (EA) is due to expire 11 October 2021.

Negotiations have commenced for a new enterprise agreement.

Read the following:

Bulletins

During the bargaining process, you will be kept informed through bulletins and information sheets published on this page.

These bulletins only apply to employees covered by the NTPS Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2017 - 2021 EA.

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From today you are being given an opportunity to have your say on your future salaries and conditions. Here’s some additional information.

Comparison of NTPS classroom teachers across the jurisdictions

Below are comparisons of NTPS classroom teachers’ salaries against equivalent levels across Australia for the 3 years from 2021 to 2023 (where available).

Note: we will negotiate a new Agreement in 2024. The first chart shows the salary progress for classroom teachers in their first year of teaching.

Teachers First year

The second shows those for classroom teachers at the top of the classification.

Teachers - Top Scale

(Please note, the negotiations in Queensland are not yet settled.)

Your vote will count

The access period will end on 30 November 2022. The ballot will be open from 1 December until 12 December 2022.

The NT Electoral Commission (NTEC) is managing the ballot and will contact you through your Northern Territory Government email address or alternative address if provided. If you have queries about your voting materials etc. you can contact NTEC on 8999 7643

More information

For further information on the proposed agreement, the explanatory notes, or the ballot process, please contact OPCE on email enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au or phone 8999 4282.

You can access the proposed agreement and other documents on the OCPE web-site.

Vicki  Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
1 December 2022

The ballot for the proposed NTPS Non-Contract Principals, Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2021 - 2024 Enterprise Agreement (EA) has now opened.

It is important that you have your say by voting on the proposed agreement.

Your vote needs to be received prior to the ballot closing at 2pm on Monday 12 December 2022.

An improved set of wages and conditions are available to you

The main features of the proposed enterprise agreement are:

  • a 3 year agreement to expire in October 2024
  • all salaries and expense-related allowances will be increased as follows:
    • 3% from the first pay period on or after 11 October 2021
    • 3% from the first pay period on or after 11 October 2022
    • 3% from the first pay period on or after 11 October 2023
  • to support new teachers there will be an additional hour of non-contact time per week for teachers in their first year after graduation and up to 5 corresponding hours of non-contact time per semester for the mentors of first year out teachers, wherever possible
  • to support all our assistant teachers, teachers and principals all government schools will have an additional pupil free day on last day of term 4 of each year from 2023:
    • the additional pupil free day will provide teachers time to come together with their school leadership teams to undertake curriculum mapping and prepare teaching and learning programs aligned with their annual school improvement plan and school improvement agenda
    • principals will have flexibility to utilise the additional day at any point throughout the year - for example, they may opt to run planning workshops a few days after hours throughout the year, or they may choose to do half day planning on weekends
    • if the planning is conducted ahead of last day of term 4, teachers will be entitled to that day in lieu of the additional hours taken to participate in the planning/workshops facilitated by their school leadership team
  • agreement to review during the life of EA options regarding class sizes; non-contact times; and managing the administrative burdens on teachers
  • inclusion of a raft of improved conditions such as improved compassionate leave, increased superannuation on parental leave, inclusion of paid Aboriginal kinship leave

If the majority of employees who vote, vote yes and the Fair Work Commission approve the agreement, it will replace the current agreement. This will mean the new conditions are available and increases to salaries will be back paid to the date they fell due.

How to vote

You should have received an email from the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) with instructions on how to vote electronically using the NTEC ‘Netvote’ system.

If you haven’t received an email, or need assistance, you should contact the NTEC by emailing netvote.NTEC@nt.gov.au or by calling 08 8999 7643.

NTEC

The NTEC is an independent authority who manages the ballot process and counting of the votes.

The NTEC ballot process ensures that all eligible employees’ personal details remain confidential, and that voting preferences cannot be identified.

I will advise eligible employees of the ballot result via a bulletin and a notice on the OCPE webpage for the teachers and assistant teachers' EA negotiations.

Make your vote count

Every vote is important and can make a difference, and I encourage you to take part in this ballot by casting your vote.

If the majority of eligible employees who vote, vote yes and the Fair Work Commission approves the agreement, the current agreement will be replaced.

Amongst other things, I am offering 3% per annum salary increase. The first 3% will be backdated from the first pay period on or after 11 October 2021, with the second 3% increase backdated from the first pay period on or after 11 October 2022, and a third 3% increase from the first pay period on or after 11 October 2023.

More information

Links to the proposed agreement, explanatory notes and relevant documents referenced in the proposed agreement are available in bulletin 24, and hard copies are available around the workplace.

For further information on the proposed agreement, explanatory notes, or the ballot process, contact Damien MacRae at OCPE by calling 08 8999 4183.

All bulletins and information sheets on the progress of bargaining and proposals for the new agreement can be accessed on the OCPE website.

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Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
1 December 2022

Following further consideration I have decided to give non-contract principals, teachers and assistant teachers an opportunity to vote to approve a new enterprise agreement (EA) as set out below.

The purpose of this bulletin is to distribute the proposed NTPS Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2021 - 2024 EA PDF (2.9 MB) for your consideration prior to casting your vote.

To assist you to understand the differences between your current agreement and the proposed new agreement, provided explanatory notes PDF (893.9 KB) telling you what the changes are.

Printed copies of the proposed new agreement and explanatory notes will be available around workplaces for your information.

You can notify your manager or contact Workforce Relations by emailing employee.relations@nt.gov.au if:

  • you need assistance in reading or understanding the proposed agreement
  • you do not have access to these documents.

You should read these documents to understand the agreement you will be voting on.

Following is a list of other relevant documents referenced in the proposed agreement:

Contact OCPE by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au for any further information or materials referenced in the proposed agreement.

Improved offer

The main features of the improved offer are:

  • the term of the agreement to be 3 years (to expire in October 2024)
  • all salaries and expense-related allowances will be increased as follows:
    • 3% from the first pay period on or after 11 October 2021
    • 3% from the first pay period on or after 11 October 2022
    • 3% from the first pay period on or after 11 October 2023
  • an additional hour of non-contact time per week for teachers in their first year after graduation
  • programming of up to 5 corresponding hours of non-contact time per semester for the mentors of first year out teachers, wherever possible
  • inclusion of agreed matters in my previous offers
  • from 2023, all government schools will have an additional pupil free day on last day of term 4 of each year:
    • the additional pupil free day will provide teachers time to come together with their school leadership teams to undertake curriculum mapping and prepare teaching and learning programs aligned with their annual school improvement plan and school improvement agenda
    • principals have flexibility to utilise the additional day at any point throughout the year - for example, they may opt to run planning workshops a few days after hours throughout the year, or they may choose to do half day planning on weekends
    • if the planning is conducted ahead of last day of term 4, teachers will be entitled to that day in lieu of the additional hours taken to participate in the planning/ workshops facilitated by their school leadership team
    • schools will be required to provide evidence of the planning day to department with a clear intention of the time focused on school improvement
  • agreement to review during the life of EA options regarding class sizes; non-contact times; and managing the administrative burdens on teachers.

If the majority of employees who vote, vote yes and the Fair Work Commission approve the agreement, it will replace the current agreement.

Make your vote count

The ballot opens on Thursday 1 December 2022, and I encourage you to have your say by casting a vote.

The NT Electoral Commission (NTEC) has been engaged conduct the ballot.

The timetable for the ballot is set out below

Access period – in which employees have access to the proposed agreement and other relevant documents

Starts: 23 November 2022

Ends: 30 November 2022

Ballot opens

1 December 2022

Ballot closes

12 December 2022 at 2pm

The electronic ballot will be emailed to you using the work email account details contained in myHR. If you won’t have access to this email during the ballot period or would prefer the electronic ballot to be sent to your private email account, contact NTEC by emailing netvote.NTEC@nt.gov.au or by calling 8999 7641 to provide your preferred email details as soon as possible. You will need to provide your AGS number to NTEC to verify your identity.

More information

For further information on the proposed agreement, the explanatory notes, or the ballot process, contact OPCE by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au or calling 8999 4282.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
23 November 2022

No agreement reached with the AEU-NT for a new NTPS Non-Contract Principals, Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2021 - 2024 Enterprise Agreement (EA).

Despite good will and hard work on both sides of the bargaining table, I am disappointed to advise that I have been unable to reach in-principle agreement with the Australian Education Union for a new EA for non-contract principals, teachers and assistant teachers.

This means NTPS non-contract principals, teachers and assistant teachers are unlikely to win a pay rise before the end of the 2022 school year on 15 December 2022.

What would have been in the offer

The offer would have had the following features

  • a 3-year agreement starting from 11 October 2021
  • an increase to salaries and income-related allowances in excess of 2% per annum, backdated to October 2021
  • an additional hour of non-contact time for neophyte teachers from the start of 2023
  • a commitment to review teacher workloads especially in relation to their administrative loads
  • a commitment to review the duties of teachers and assistant teachers in homeland centres
  • inclusion of other agreed improvements as offered in the NTPS 2021—2024 EA (information about these can be found on the enterprise agreement website).

Next steps

Barring a last minute ‘in-principle’ agreement being reached I would not be able undertake all the statutory processes that are required in time to conduct a ballot of employees before the end of the school year.

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 updates in relation to the bargaining process are available on the OCPE webpage.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
18 November 2022

The Australian Education Union (AEU-NT) have advised that its members will be engaging in protected industrial action on Thursday 17 November 2022.

While I respect their right to engage in this protected industrial action, I am obliged to advise you of the following.

If you're going to participate in this protected industrial action, you need to be aware of the following points:

  • the industrial action is only protected if you are a member of the AEU-NT
  • I am legally obliged to deduct your salary for the period of the industrial action.

Unprotected industrial action

Non members of the AEU-NT who participate in the industrial action specified for their members will be taking unprotected industrial action. In accordance with the Act, I am required to deduct salary for unprotected industrial action as follows:

  • where the period of the industrial action is less than 4 hours on that day, the employer must withhold 4 hours payment from the employee, or
  • if the period of the industrial action is 4 or more hours on that day, the employer must withhold payment for the total duration of the industrial action.

Employees not participating in the protected industrial action

Employees who are members of the AEU-NT or who may be eligible to join this union, are asked to contact your manager and advise them if you will, or won’t be, participating in the industrial action. This will enable the management to plan for alternate arrangements during the action periods.

Employees not participating in the protected industrial action may be required to perform duties in areas being impacted by the action.

It is important to note that members of the AEU-NT have a right to take protected industrial action, and they also have a right to not participate. No adverse action must be taken against an employee exercising their right and disciplinary action may be taken against any employee displaying inappropriate behaviour against an employee who is exercising their right.

Employment instruction 13 PDF (759.3 KB) steps out the appropriate workplace behaviour expected within the Northern Territory public service.

Important information for employees and members considering taking protected industrial action

While I respect the right of employees to take protected industrial action, I remind employees who are considering taking protected industrial action to be aware of the following:

  • partaking in protected industrial action is voluntary - members eligible to take action are not required to participate
  • only employees who are members of the AEU-NT are eligible to participate in protected industrial action specified for their members
  • only actions that the AEU-NT notify me of may be taken as protected industrial action - taking other action that is not notified will be unprotected
  • deductions from salary will be required from union members who engage in work stoppages, for the total duration of stoppage
  • non-members who participate in any industrial action will be considered to be taking unprotected industrial action and, in accordance with the Act, I am required to deduct a minimum of 4 hours salary for any unprotected industrial action.

Note that during a period of industrial action employees remain subject to the code of conduct with regard to appropriate workplace behaviour. This means no bullying, no harassing, and no aggressive behaviours by any employees.

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 updates in relation to the bargaining process are available on the webpage.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
16 November 2022

I advise the proposed NTPS Non-Contract Principals, Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2021 - 2024 Enterprise Agreement (EA) was not approved by a majority of eligible employees who voted in the ballot process.

The results of the ballot conducted by the NT Electoral Commission was as follows:

  Number of Votes
YES 214
NO 1 345
TOTAL 1 559

Next steps

I believe conducting a ballot for the new agreement was the right approach in all circumstances, it allowed eligible employees to have their say on job certainty and improvements to terms and conditions of employment for non-contract principals, teachers and assistant teachers.

While I respect the views of voters, I am disappointed that I am unable to provide the $6,000 in lump sum payments to employees this year ($4,000 upon approval of the EA and a further $2,000 in October 2023), or the increases to base salaries of up to 5.4%, as well as the raft of new and improved conditions. Especially given some employees within the coverage of this EA are low-income earners.

I thought that the offer was a good one. It was consistent with the NTPS wages policy.

Thanks to everyone involved

Thank you to all non-contract principals, teachers and assistant teachers who participated in the ballot. It is important that employees take part in the enterprise agreement process and your involvement is appreciated.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy mid-term break.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
23 September 2022

Don't miss out

Graphic text: $6,000 over 2 years; classification restructure - increases to base salary from 1.8% -5.4%; improved super on parental leave; 5 days compassionate leave for immediate family, 3 days compassionate leave on the death of an extended family member.

Don't miss the vote

The ballot closes at 2pm on Friday 23 September 2022.

If the vote isn’t supported the current agreement will continue to apply, the lump sum payments can’t be passed on nor the offered improvements to conditions.

If you have not received an email to cast your vote, contact the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) by calling 08 8999 7641.

The NTEC ballot process ensures that all eligible employees’ personal details remain confidential, and that voting preferences cannot be identified.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
23 September 2022

Ballot for NTPS Non-Contract Principals, Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2021 - 2024 Enterprise Agreement (EA) closes 2pm Friday 23 September 2022.

If you haven’t already voted then I encourage you to take part in this ballot by casting your vote.

Make your vote count

If majority of eligible employees who vote, vote yes, and the agreement is approved by the Fair Work Commission, the significant improvements to terms and conditions of employment for non-contract principals, teachers and assistant teachers will be implemented.

Every vote is important and can make a difference, and I encourage you to take part in this ballot by casting your vote.Graphic text: $6,000 over 2 years; classification restructure - increases to base salary from 1.8% -5.4%; improved super on parental leave; 5 days compassionate leave for immediate family, 3 days compassionate leave on the death of an extended family member.

If the vote isn’t supported the current agreement will continue to apply, the lump sum payments can’t be passed on nor the offered improvements to conditions.

Northern Territory Electoral Commission

If you have not received an email to cast your vote, call the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) on 8999 7641.

The NTEC ballot process ensures that all eligible employees’ personal details remain confidential, and that voting preferences cannot be identified.

The commissioner will advise non-contract principals, teachers and assistant teachers of the ballot result via a bulletin and a notice on the enterprise bargaining website.

More Information

Links to the proposed agreement and explanatory notes are available in bulletin 16 and hard copies are available around the workplace.

For further information on the proposed agreement, explanatory notes, or the ballot process, contact Damien MacRae at OCPE by calling 8999 4183.

All bulletins and information sheets on the progress of bargaining and proposals for the new agreement can be accessed on the OCPE website.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
21 September 2022

The ballot for the proposed NTPS Non-Contract Principals, Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2021 - 2024 Enterprise Agreement (EA) has now opened.

It is important that you have your say by voting on the proposed agreement.

Your vote needs to be received prior to the ballot closing at 2pm on Friday 23 September 2022.

How to vote

You should have received an email from the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) with instructions on how to vote electronically using the NTEC ‘Netvote’ system.

If you haven’t received an email or need assistance, contact the NTEC by emailing netvote.NTEC@nt.gov.au or by calling 08 8999 7641.

NTEC

The NTEC is an independent authority who manages the ballot process and counting of the votes.

The NTEC ballot process ensures that all eligible employees’ personal details remain confidential, and that voting preferences cannot be identified.

I will advise eligible employees of the ballot result via a bulletin and a notice on the OCPE webpage for the teachers and assistant teachers' EA negotiations.

Make your vote count

Every vote is important and can make a difference, and I encourage you to take part in this ballot by casting your vote.

image of new offer

If the majority of eligible employees who vote, vote yes and the Fair Work Commission approves the agreement, the current agreement will be replaced.

I am offering $6,000 in lump sum payments (to assist with immediate cost of living pressures).

More information

Links to the proposed agreement, explanatory notes and relevant documents referenced in the proposed agreement are available in bulletin 16, and hard copies are available around the workplace.

For further information on the proposed agreement, explanatory notes, or the ballot process, contact Damien MacRae at OCPE by calling 08 8999 4183.

All bulletins and information sheets on the progress of bargaining and proposals for the new agreement can be accessed on the OCPE website for the teachers and assistant teachers' EA negotiations.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
16 September 2022

The purpose of this bulletin is to advise due to the announced National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth the Second, the ballot period for voting on the NTPS Non-Contract Principals, Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2021 - 2024 Enterprise Agreement (EA) has been extended until 2pm on Friday 23 September 2022.

Make your vote count

The ballot will open on Friday 16 September 2022, and I encourage you to have your say by casting a vote.

The NT Electoral Commission (NTEC) has been engaged to conduct the ballot.

The timetable for the ballot is set out in the table below.

Access period – in which employees had access to the proposed agreement and other relevant documents 8 September 2022 to 15 September 2022
Ballot opens 16 September 2022
Ballot closes 23 September 2022 at 2pm

The electronic ballot will be emailed to you using the work email account details contained in myHR.

If you won’t have access to this email during the ballot period or would prefer the electronic ballot to be sent to your private email account, contact the NTEC by emailing netvote.NTEC@nt.gov.au or by calling 08 8999 7641 to provide your preferred email details as soon as possible - you must provide your AGS number to NTEC to verify your identity.

More information

For further information on the proposed agreement, the explanatory notes, or the ballot process, contact OPCE by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au or by calling 08 8999 4282.

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process are available on the OCPE website.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
September 2022

The purpose of this bulletin is to distribute the proposed NTPS Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2021 - 2024 Enterprise Agreement (EA) PDF (3.0 MB) for your consideration prior to casting your vote.

To assist you to understand the differences between your current agreement and the proposed new agreement, read the explanatory notes PDF (890.2 KB) telling you what the changes are.

Printed copies of the proposed new agreement and explanatory notes will be available around workplaces for your information.

You should notify your manager or contact Workforce Relations by email employee.relations@nt.gov.au if you:

  • need assistance in reading or understanding the proposed agreement
  • don't have access to these documents.

You should also read these documents to understand the agreement you will be voting on.

Following is a list of other relevant documents referenced in the proposed agreement:

Improved offer

On 31 August 2022, I made an improved offer for a new agreement to the AEU-NT. Details of this offer can be found in bulletin 14.

The main features of the improved offer are:

  • the term of the agreement to be 3 years (to expire in October 2024).
  • 2 lump sum payments totalling $6,000 (to assist with immediate cost of living pressures):
    • $4,000 upon reaching agreement
    • $2,000 on the first pay period on or after 11 October 2023
  • so that Northern Territory educator classifications remain competitive with other jurisdictions, a one-off adjustment of the classification structures for assistant teachers, classroom teachers, senior teachers and some principals (PLO1 to PLO3) - this adjustment would be paid effective from the date the new agreement is made (that is, when a majority of employees who cast a valid vote approve the proposed agreement)
  • inclusion of matters in my previous offers, with the exception of the previously proposed changes to the electricity subsidy and Christmas closedown leave - this includes that if there are any changes to wages policy during the life of the agreement, net additional benefits would be passed on to educators
  • agreement to discuss during the life of EA options regarding class sizes - non-contact times, and managing the administrative burdens on teachers.

If the majority of employees who vote, vote yes and the Fair Work Commission approve the agreement, it will replace the current agreement.

Make your vote count

The ballot opens on Friday 16 September 2022, and I encourage you to have your say by casting a vote.

The NT Electoral Commission (NTEC) has been engaged conduct the ballot.

The timetable for the ballot is set out below

DetailsTime
Access period – in which employees have access to the proposed agreement and other relevant documents 8 September 2022 to 15 September 2022
Ballot opens 16 September 2022
Ballot closes 23 September 2022 at 10am

The electronic ballot will be emailed to you using the work email account details contained in myHR.

If you won’t have access to this email during the ballot period or would prefer the electronic ballot to be sent to your private email account, contact the NTEC by emailing netvote.NTEC@nt.gov.au or by calling 08 8999 7641 to provide your preferred email details as soon as possible - you must provide your AGS number to NTEC to verify your identity.

More information

For further information on the proposed agreement, the explanatory notes, or the ballot process, contact OPCE by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au or by calling 08 8999 4282.

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process are available on the OCPE website.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
8 September 2022

On 23 August 2022, the Australian Education Union (AEU-NT) gave notice of a full day stoppage on Thursday 1 September 2022 across the Territory.

Employees who participate in the stoppage of work will be deducted pay for the period of the stoppage.

This is a mandatory requirement of the Fair Work Act 2009, which prohibits an employer from making payment to an employee for the total duration that the employee engages in the industrial action.

Unprotected industrial action

As previously reported, non-members who participate in the AEU-NT industrial action will be taking unprotected industrial action. In accordance with the Act, I am required to deduct salary for unprotected industrial action as follows:

  • where the period of the industrial action is less than 4 hours on that day, the employer must withhold 4 hours payment from the employee
  • if the period of the industrial action is 4 or more hours on that day, the employer must withhold payment for the total duration of the industrial action.

Employees not participating in the protected industrial action

Employees are required to notify of non participation so the Department of Education can plan for alternate arrangements necessary during this period. This will be done by advising the relevant school principal or manager for office-based employees.

Employees not participating in the protected industrial action may be required to perform duties in areas being impacted by the action.

Members of the union have a right to take protected industrial action, they also have a right to not participate. No adverse action must be taken against an employee exercising their right. If you have concerns, you should contact the relevant principal or manager.

Important information for employees and AEU-NT members considering taking protected industrial action

I remind employees who are considering taking protected industrial action to be aware of the following:

  • partaking in protected industrial action is voluntary - members eligible to take action are not required to participate
  • only employees who are members of the AEU-NT are eligible to participate in protected industrial action
  • only actions that AEU-NT have notified may be taken as protected industrial action - taking other action that is not notified will be unprotected
  • deductions from salary will be required from union members who engage in work stoppages, for the total duration of the stoppage
  • non-members who participate in any industrial action will be considered to be taking unprotected industrial action and, in accordance with the Act, I am required to deduct a minimum of 4 hours salary for any unprotected industrial action.

During a period of industrial action, employees remain subject to the code of conduct with regard to appropriate workplace behaviour. This means no bullying, no harassing, no aggressive behaviours by any employees.

More information about the bargaining process

I am extremely disappointed that the AEU-NT have chosen not to put my improved offer to its membership, especially given my agreement for the union to hold paid stop work meetings with its membership to discuss the offer.

In other words, these meetings would have been held during working hours, so that members would not have to lose pay in considering the improved offer, which would result in competitive salaries and conditions for NT teachers.

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process are posted to this page. Further information on bargaining and the Act can be obtained on the Fair Work Commission website or you can contact them on their information line via 1300 799 675.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
31 August 2022

I wish to advise that on 30 August 2022 I made a further improved offer to settle the teachers and assistant teachers’ enterprise agreement (EA) negotiations.

I have outlined these significant improvements for a new EA to replace the existing NTPS Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2017 to 2021 EA (the current agreement) below.

This offer is in addition to and improves the offer made on 23 November 2021 and an information sheet with combined improved offer in addition to the last offer. Read the improved offer PDF (270.7 KB).

Importantly these improvements are aimed to retain and attract educators to the Northern Territory (NT). They will continue to have our NT educators paid ahead of other jurisdictions.

Further improvements

I am pleased to advise you of the further improvements which I have offered:

  • the term of the agreement to be 3 years
  • 2 lump sum payments totalling $6,000 (to assist with immediate cost of living pressures):
    • $4,000 upon reaching agreement
    • $2,000 on the first pay period on or after 11 October 2023
  • inclusion of matters in my previous offers, with the exception of the electricity subsidy and Christmas closedown
  • removal of the electricity subsidy for teachers in remote schools, whilst retaining the current provision for Borroloola
  • agreement to discuss during the life of EA options regarding class sizes - non-contact times and managing the administrative burdens on teachers
  • a one-off adjustment of the classification structures for assistant teachers, classroom teachers, senior teachers and some principals (PLO1 to PLO3) to be paid effective from the date the new agreement is finalised, as set out in the tables below.
Assistant teachers’ (AT) salaries

The AT pay points link to the CT1 pay point.

Classification Current salary % of CT1 current Proposed salary per annum % of CT1 (proposed) % increase
AT1 $51,664 67% $54,079 67% 4.7%
AT2 $56,268 73% $58,922 73% 4.7%
AT3 $60,271 78% $62,958 78% 4.5%
AT4 $66,651 87% $70,222 87% 5.4%
AT5 $71,849 93% $75,065 93% 4.5%
Classroom teachers (CT)

The current CT structure to align more with the professional stream in the NTPS:

Classification Current salary Proposed salary per annum % increase
CT1 $77,047 $80,715 4.8%
CT2 $80,911 $83,700 3.4%
CT3 $84,777 $89,395 5.4%
CT4 $88,641 $92,703 4.6%
CT5 $92,505 $96,133 3.9%
CT6* $98,902 $100,677 1.8%
CT7 $102,768 $104,377 1.6%
CT8 $106,631 $108,500 1.8%
CT9 $110,496 $112,512 1.8%
CT10* New level $114,598 New level (2.8% increase on CT9)

*CT6: remove additional qualification checks/requirements and have them as for other CT levels.
*CT10 level recognises the expertise and experience of teachers at this level. CT10s would be asked to support CT1 and CT2s through coaching and mentoring. It is estimated that 77% of CT9 would immediately move to CT10 based on more than 12 months qualifying service at CT9 level.

Senior teachers (ST)
Classification Current salary Proposed salary per annum % increase
ST1(1) $122,220 $124,559 1.9%
ST1(2)* new $126,195 new
ST2(1) $127,061 $129,369 1.8%
ST2(2)* new $130,873 new
ST3 $135,046 $137,342 1.7%
ST4 $138,868 $140,998 1.5%
ST5 $148,468 $150,268 1.2%
ST6 $153,159 $155,362 1.4%
ST7 $158,586 $161,100 1.6%
ST8 $165,965 $165,965 0.2%

*This represents an additional ‘increment’ point that can be achieved based on performance.

Principals (ongoing) (PLO)
Classification Current salary Proposed salary per annum % increase
PLO1(1) $123,720 $125,823 1.70%
PLO1(2) $126,195 $128,340 1.70%
PLO2(1) $127,061 $129,221 1.70%
PLO2(2) $130,873 $133,098 1.70%
PLO3(1) $135,046 $137,342 1.70%
PLO3(2) $141,798 $144,209 1.70%
PLO4(1) $146,837 $146,837 0.00%
PLO4(2) $151,242 $151,242 0.00%
PLO5(1) $156,408 $156,408 0.00%
PLO5(2) $161,100 $161,100 0.00%
PLO6(1) $165,965 $165,965 0.00%
PLO6(2) $170,944 $170,944 0.00%
PLO7(1) $175,084 $175,084 0.00%
PLO7(2) $180,336 $180,336 0.00%

I wish to emphasise that this offer includes an increase to the base rates for non-contract principals (from PLO1-PLO3), classroom teachers, senior teachers and assistant teachers.

It recognises and rewards long term employees for their hard work and dedication to education in the Territory.

This ensures that non-contract principals, teachers and assistant teachers will continue to enjoy competitive salaries and conditions.

Recognition of long term employees

It recognises and rewards long term employees for their hard work and dedication to education in the Territory

This proposal ensures that non-contract principals, teachers and assistant teachers will continue to enjoy competitive salaries and conditions.

Next steps

I have asked parties to provide me with feedback on the improved offer. Then I would like employees to have a say by voting.

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 updates in relation to the bargaining process are available on this webpage.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
31 August 2022

On Thursday 11 August 2022, the Australian Education Union provided me with a notice of protected industrial action PDF (653.4 KB) that would commence on Friday 19 August 2022.

The action would be a stoppage on the performance of work for 4 hours from 9am until 1pm. It will affect urban worksites in the Darwin and Palmerston regions.

Payments not to be made during periods of protected industrial action

Under section 470 of the Fair Work Act 2009, I am prohibited from paying employees who are participating in protected industrial action for the entire period of that industrial action.

In this case, employees who are participating in the protected industrial action will have a deduction of 4 hours pay from their wages for the day.

The Department of Education will be putting in contingency plans to minimise the disruption to schools and students.

Important information to remember about taking protected industrial action

I also advise employees who are considering taking protected industrial action to be aware of the following:

  • only employees who are members of AEU and covered by the classifications affected by the proposed non-contract principals, teachers and assistant teachers enterprise agreement are eligible to participate in protected industrial action - if you're a teacher, but are currently working in an administrative classification (as an administrative officer or senior administrative officer), you're not permitted to participate in the protected industrial action
  • participating in protected industrial action is voluntary - members eligible to take action are not required to participate
  • if you plan to exercise your right not to participate in the protected industrial action, I encourage you to advise your principal or manager accordingly - this would help minimise the risk of incorrect deductions from your salary
  • only actions that AEU notify me of may be taken as protected industrial action - taking other action that is not notified will be unprotected
  • non-members of the AEU who participate in any industrial action will be considered to be taking unprotected industrial action  - in accordance with the Act, I am required to deduct a minimum of 4 hours salary for any unprotected industrial action.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
17 August 2022

I advise the proposed NTPS Non-Contract Principals, Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2021 - 2024 Enterprise Agreement (EA) was not approved by a majority of eligible employees who voted in the ballot process.

The results of the ballot conducted by the Northern Territory Electoral Commission was as follows:

Decision Number of votes
Yes 208
No 1451
Total 1659

Next steps

I believe conducting a ballot for the new agreement was the right approach in all circumstances, it allowed eligible employees to have their say on job certainty and improvements to terms and conditions of employment for non-contract principals, teachers and assistant teachers.

While I respect the views of voters, I am disappointed that I am unable to provide the $6,000 in lump sum payments to employees this year ($4,000 upon approval of the EA and a further $2,000 in October), as well as the raft of new and improved conditions. Especially given some employees within the coverage of this enterprise agreement are low-income earners.

I thought that the offer was a good one. It was consistent with the NTPS wages policy.

Thanks to everyone involved

Thank you to all non-contract principals, teachers and assistant teachers who participated in the ballot. It is important that employees take part in the EA process and your involvement is appreciated.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy Easter.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
8 April 2022

The ballot for the proposed NTPS Non-Contract Principals, Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2021 - 2024 Enterprise Agreement (EA) closes at 10am on Friday 8 April 2022.

If you haven’t already voted then I encourage you to take part in this ballot by casting your vote.

Make your vote count

If majority of eligible employees who vote, vote yes, and the agreement is approved by the Fair Work Commission, the significant improvements to terms and conditions of employment for non-contract principals, teachers and assistant teachers will be implemented.

Every vote is important and can make a difference, and I encourage you to take part in this ballot by casting your vote.

New offer

If the vote isn’t supported, the current agreement will continue to apply, the lump sum payments can’t be passed on nor the offered improvements to conditions.

Northern Territory Electoral Commission

If you have not received an email to cast your vote, call the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) on 08 8999 7641.

The NTEC ballot process ensures that all eligible employees’ personal details remain confidential, and that voting preferences cannot be identified.

The commissioner will advise non-contract principals, teachers and assistant teachers of the ballot result via a bulletin and a notice on the OCPE webpage for the teachers and assistant teachers' EA negotiations.

More information

Links to the proposed agreement and explanatory notes are available in bulletin 9 and hard copies are available around the workplace.

For further information on the proposed agreement, explanatory notes or the ballot process, contact Damien MacRae at OCPE by calling 08 8999 4183.

All bulletins and information sheets on the progress of bargaining and proposals for the new agreement can be accessed on the OCPE webpage for the teachers and assistant teachers' EA negotiations.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
5 April 2022

The ballot for the proposed NTPS Non-Contract Principals, Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2021 - 2024 Enterprise Agreement (EA) has now opened.

It is important that you have your say by voting on the proposed agreement.

Your vote needs to be received prior to the ballot closing at 10am on Friday 8 April 2022.

How to vote

You should have received an email from the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) with instructions on how to vote electronically using the NTEC ‘Netvote’ system.

If you haven’t received an email or need assistance, contact the NTEC by emailing netvote.NTEC@nt.gov.au or by calling 08 8999 7641.

NTEC

The NTEC is an independent authority who manages the ballot process and counting of the votes.

The NTEC ballot process ensures that all eligible employees’ personal details remain confidential, and that voting preferences cannot be identified.

I will advise eligible employees of the ballot result via a bulletin and a notice on the OCPE website for the teachers and assistant teachers' EA negotiations.

Make your vote count

Every vote is important and can make a difference, and I encourage you to take part in this ballot by casting your vote.

New offer

If the majority of eligible employees who vote, vote yes and the Fair Work Commission approves the agreement, the current agreement will be replaced.

I am offering $10,000 in lump sum payments over 4 years. To see what it’s worth, read the teachers and assistant teachers' EA negotiations.

More information

Links to the proposed agreement, explanatory notes and relevant documents referenced in the proposed agreement are available in bulletin 9, and hard copies are available around the workplace.

For further information on the proposed agreement, explanatory notes or the ballot process, contact Damien MacRae at OCPE by calling 08 8999 4183.

All bulletins and information sheets on the progress of bargaining and proposals for the new agreement can be accessed on the OCPE webpage for the teachers and assistant teachers' EA negotiations.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
31 March 2022

The purpose of this bulletin is to distribute the NTPS Non-Contract Principals, Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2021 - 2024 Enterprise Agreement (EA) for your consideration prior to casting your vote. For more information, read the proposed agreement PDF (3.0 MB).

To assist you to understand the differences between your current agreement and the proposed new agreement, you can read the explanatory notes PDF (899.0 KB) telling you what the changes are.

Printed copies of the proposed new agreement and explanatory notes will be available around workplaces for your information.

You can notify your manager or contact Workforce Relations by emailing them at employee.relations@nt.gov.au if you:

  • need assistance in reading or understanding the proposed agreement
  • don't have access to these documents.

You should read these documents to understand the agreement you will be voting on.

You can also find the following relevant documents referenced in the proposed agreement:

Contact OCPE by emailing them at enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au for further information or materials referenced in the proposed agreement.

Make your vote count

The ballot opens on Thursday 31 March 2022, and I encourage you to have your say by casting a vote.

Bulletin 8 contains information about the ballot process.

The electronic ballot will be emailed to you using the work email account details contained in myHR.

If you won’t have access to this email during the ballot period or would prefer the electronic ballot to be sent to your private email account, contact NTEC by emailing them at netvote.NTEC@nt.gov.au or calling 08 8999 7641 and provide your updated details as soon as possible (you must provide your AGS number for NTEC to identify you).

If the majority of employees who vote, vote yes and the Fair Work Commission approve the agreement, it will replace the current agreement.

New offer

More information

For further information on the proposed agreement, the explanatory notes or the ballot process, contact OPCE by emailing them at enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au or calling 08 8999 4282.

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process are available on the OCPE website.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
22 March 2022

As reported in bulletin 6, an improved offer was made on 23 November 2021 for the new NTPS teachers and assistant teachers’ enterprise agreement (EA).

I have considered feedback provided by the Australian Education Union on my significantly improved offer, and after a postponement over the holiday period, it is now time to give you – the employees – the opportunity to have your say from 31 March 2022, and vote on the new NTPS Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2021 - 2024 EA.

The new offer delivers significant improvements such as no reduction to current or future terms and conditions, improved leave conditions and greater flexibility for work life balance.

Summary of the improvement

More money on offer - $10,000 over 4 years:

  • $4,000 lump sum payment
  • $2,000 lump sum payment payable 12 months after the notional expiry of the previous agreement and annually during the term of the agreement.

Employer superannuation guarantee is applicable to the lump sum payments (excluding defined benefit schemes).

All of the improvements and conditions previously offered remain, including the 3 days off for Christmas closedown.

Read the full details of my improved offer.

New offer

Ballot process – your vote is confidential

The ballot process will be conducted by the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC).

On Wednesday 23 March 2022 you will be sent information regarding the proposed NTPS Teachers and Assistant Teachers’ 2021 - 2025 EA, including a link to the proposed agreement and an explanatory document highlighting the changes compared with your current agreement. Hard copies of these documents will also be available throughout your workplace.

The ballot process will be conducted online. An email including a unique identifier will be sent to you at your NTPS email address on 31 March 2022, along with steps on how to cast and submit your confidential electronic vote. You will need your AGS number to complete the ballot process.

The online ballot will be emailed to you using the work email account details contained in myHR. If you won’t have access to this email during the ballot period or would prefer the electronic ballot to be sent to your private email account, contact NTEC by emailing netvote.NTEC@nt.gov.au or calling 08 8999 7641 and provide your updated details as soon as possible (you must provide your AGS number for NTEC to identify you).

If you're accessing your emails through NTG webmail, the NTG system will not allow you to access the secure voting website. Employees will need to provide an alternative email address.

The timetable for the ballot is:

Wednesday 22 March 2022 Distribution and access to the proposed agreement and explanatory material
Thursday 31 March 2022 Ballot opens - NTEC email you with voting instructions and unique voting token number issued
Friday 8 April 2022 Ballot closes (10am) - results declared

The ballot count will be conducted at the NTEC office in Darwin, Level 3 TCG Centre, 80 Mitchell Street, Darwin NT 0800.

The commissioner will advise employees of the ballot result via a bulletin and a notice on the enterprise bargaining website for the NTPS teachers and assistant teachers' enterprise agreement negotiations.

More information

For further information on the proposed agreement or the ballot process, contact OCPE by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au or calling 08 8999 4282.

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process are available on the OCPE website.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
21 March 2022

As previously advised, I had asked parties to provide me with feedback on the improved offer to settle the teachers and assistant teachers’ enterprise agreement negotiations. The AEU NT rejected the offer.

I am disappointed with this response because I believed that conducting a ballot for the new agreement would be the right approach in all circumstances.

A successful ballot, would have allowed employees to receive the 3 days Christmas closedown provisions this year, and the first $4,000 lump sum payment in January 2022.

In considering the union’s position and the time of year, I have decided to postpone the ballot until the early part of 2022. This will enable employees to focus on the end of the school year and the end-of-year school vacation.

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 updates in relation to the bargaining process are available on the OCPE website.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
November 2021

I am pleased to advise that on 23 November 2021, I made a further improved offer to settle the teachers and assistant teachers' enterprise agreement negotiations.

I am offering a substantial improvement to the proposed lump sum payment for employees in a genuine attempt to settle negotiations.

This is a great offer for all employees that significantly advantages our lower paid workers. The proposed agreement is one of the most family supportive public sector agreements in the nation and will provide employees with greater certainty regarding employment conditions during the next 4 years.

Summary of the improvement

More money on offer - $10,000 over 4 years:

  • $4,000 lump sum payment
  • $2,000 lump sum payment payable 12 months after the expiry of the previous agreement and annually during the term of the agreement.

Employer superannuation is also payable on the lump sum amounts (excluding defined benefit schemes).

All of the improvements and conditions previously offered remain, including the 3 days off for Christmas closedown. Read the full details of my improved offer.

New offer

Next steps

I have asked parties to provide me with feedback on the improved offer by 25 November 2021. Then I would like employees to have a say by voting.

I would like to go to ballot as soon as possible because, if voted up, employees will receive the 3 days Christmas closedown provisions this year, and the first $4,000 lump sum payment in January 2022.

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 updates in relation to the bargaining process are available on the OCPE website.

I am pleased to advise that on 3 November 2021, I made an offer to settle the teachers and assistant teachers' enterprise agreement negotiations.

We have worked hard and listened to your feedback and to the unions' claims and issues to arrive at a balanced offer, which seeks to provide good improvements for all employees.

The table below summarises the details of the 'without prejudice' offer, but if you wanted to read the details of the offer, you can also read the details of the offer PDF (639.4 KB).

Summary of the offer

  • $1,000 bonus per annum
  • $4,000 over 4 years
  • counts for superannuation*

*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.

Commitment if changes in the wages policy

Should there be a change to the NT Government's wages policy during the term of the agreement that provides for additional benefits above those contained in this offer (such as an increase to salaries above the value of the lump sum payment) these will be passed on through a determination.

Improvements to leave provisions

  • Compassionate leave:
    • increased from 3 to 5 days for immediate family or household member
  • Compassionate leave:
    • new provision for 3 days paid leave on the occasion of the death of an extended family member (eg. aunt, uncle, cousin) or in the case of miscarriage
  • Domestic and family violence leave provisions (uncapped paid leave):
    • extended to include sexual violence outside the domestic setting
  • NAIDOC leave:
    • up to 3 hours of paid leave per annum to attend a NAIDOC march and approved activities, where TOIL or flextime are not available.
  • Gender transition leave:
    • support for eligible employees who wish to transition their gender
    • access up to 12 months leave, inclusive of 4 weeks paid and 48 weeks unpaid leave
  • Improved war service leave to allow access to this leave for a subsequent war service injury
  • Improved paid leave for voluntary emergency management activities to cover reasonable rest time
  • Include leave by-law provisions in the agreement (eg. blood donation leave, defence leave, leave to engage in voluntary emergency management activities and jury service leave)
  • Health screening leave:
    • improved provision.
    • 2 hours paid leave per year for the purpose of undertaking a health screening test associated with a public health screening program

New kinship obligation leave

  • Definition of kinship to be included in the agreement
  • 5 days paid leave per annum to attend sorry business or related purposes

Foster and kinship carer's leave

  • 2 days paid leave to attend permanent care order interviews

Improvements for parents

  • Double superannuation guarantee payments for during paid parental leave for the primary carer
  • Payment of superannuation guarantee for unpaid parental leave for partners, up to 12 months
  • Builds on current generous paid parental leave provisions (14 weeks after 12 months service, 18 weeks after 5 years services)
  • New pre-natal leave provision - up to 8 hours paid leave for pregnancy related medical appointments
  • Improved provision for employees returning from parental leave - right to return on a part-time basis for at least 6 months, where the employee so choses (replacing 'right to request')
  • Permanent care - improved to provide 2 days paid leave to attend permanent care order interviews
  • Pre-adoption leave - improved to provide paid leave to attend interviews or examinations required in order to obtain approval for the employee's adoption of a child.

Electricity subsidy remote localities

  • Electricity subsidy to apply to all remote localities, not just Borroloola

Assistant teacher incremental progression

  • Enable assistant teachers to progress through their increments, based on equivalent experience as determined by the CEO

Stand down/non-term time

  • The agreement will include a clause specifying eligibility

Secure employment

  • The agreement will include a clause that underpins my commitment to ongoing employment

Flexible work improvements

  • Ability to purchase up to 8 weeks additional leave per year (currently 6 weeks) and can be taken in shorter periods under rebranded flexible lifestyle (purchased) leave
  • All requests for flexible work, regardless of the circumstances, will require a response from the CEO (or delegate) within 21 days and may only be refused on reasonable business grounds

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.

Let's stick together, keep job certainty and keep working for Territorians.

I have agreed to the Australian Education Union claim that ongoing principals be covered by the new enterprise agreement.

I propose to manage this by:

  • issuing an determination establishing a new ongoing structure for principals
  • including the determination within the dispute settlement provisions of the new agreement, which means that should there be a dispute about the application of the determination it can be referred to the Fair Work Commission
  • reviewing the operation of the determination during the life of the new agreement
  • consulting with the union and employees about variation of the determination during the life of the agreement.

Meanwhile, negotiations continue.

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 on the OCPE website.

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 at any time during the bargaining process by email to enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au or by mail to:

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

Bargaining representatives are requested to contact my office on 08 8999 4282 to confirm meeting dates.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
October 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 (eg. 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:

  • $4,000 over 4 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 (eg. 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 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 on the OCPE website.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
August 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 NTPS 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 and 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:

  • $1,000 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 (eg. aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or 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 4 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 8 weeks leave
  • improve existing provision to allow an employee to access up to 2 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 2 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 3 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 (eg. 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.

Bulletin 2

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 on the OCPE website.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
June 2021

The NTPS 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 25 June 2021
Time: 9am to 4pm
Location: Manunda Place, 38 Cavenagh Street, Darwin NT 0800

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) by email to enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au or by mail to:

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

Bargaining representatives are requested to contact my office on 08 8999 4282 to confirm meeting dates.

More information

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process will be posted on the OCPE website.

Information on bargaining in general can be obtained on the Fair Work Commission website or you can call their information line on 1300 799 675.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
June 2021


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