Bulletin 12 - ballot outcome - issued 8 April 2022

I advise the proposed NTPS non-contract principals, teachers and assistant teachers’ 2021 – 2025 enterprise agreement 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 enterprise agreement 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 enterprise agreement 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

Last updated: 16 September 2022

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