Bulletin 8 - vote on the new NTPS teachers and assistant teachers’ enterprise agreement - issued 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.

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 – 2025 enterprise agreement.

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 enterprise agreement, 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

Last updated: 16 September 2022

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