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Pay Agreement Secured for Public Sector Workers

More than 40,000 public sector workers, will benefit workers through cost-of-living adjustment payments and enhanced working conditions.


In a significant development, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission has certified three enterprise bargaining agreements, benefitting teacher aides, school cleaners, and support staff employed in schools and corporate offices, including the Office of Industrial Relations. These agreements, which cover more than 40,000 public sector workers, will benefit workers through cost-of-living adjustment payments and enhanced working conditions.


Throughout the three-year agreements, employees can expect pay rises of 4% in the first and second years, followed by a 3% increase in the final year. Moreover, should the Consumer Price Index surpasses the base wage increase, a cost-of-living adjustment payment, capped at 3%, will be provided each year.

The agreements extend to approximately 22,000 teacher aides, 7,600 cleaners, 14,000 school support staff, corporate employees, and those working in the Office of Industrial Relations. The positive changes include improved job security for teacher aides through simplified and standardized working hours and entitlement to three dedicated professional development days per year. Additionally, interpreters in languages other than English will receive increased payments for their services.

School cleaners will also benefit from enhanced job security provisions, a $25 fortnightly allowance for experienced cleaners, and improved accrued day-off arrangements that promote equity between part-time and full-time workers.

The support staff will also experience positive changes, with a new professional development allowance of $1,800 for health practitioners and social workers working in schools. Furthermore, the existing school-based administration allowance will be increased in line with headline wage increases.

Employees in the Office of Industrial Relations can look forward to enhancements in on-call arrangements, the development of rostering guidelines, and commitments to workload management and work health and safety.

Education Minister Grace Grace expressed her satisfaction with the agreements, emphasizing the importance of providing improved pay and conditions during challenging times.


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