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WA public school teachers get improved wage and entitlements under new agreement

More than 30,000 WA public school teachers on Thursday received a 3 per cent wage increase, back-paid to December 6 last year, under the new School Education Act General Agreement 2021.

In addition to the wage increase and cost-of-living payment, the new agreement includes additional measures to address wellbeing and workload matters.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the recently registered agreement was a positive outcome for teachers and the public education system.

“It includes a range of measures to address compliance load, wellbeing and workload issues,” she said.

“Teachers have an important role in educating and helping to shape the futures of young Western Australians, so we must continue to attract inspiring teachers to the profession and keep them in our classrooms.

“In addition to these commitments, work continues to be done to attract and retain teachers, including developing a National Teacher Workforce Action Plan with education ministers from around the country.”

Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston said the State School Teachers’ Union of WA “fought hard for their members” and he was glad a fair outcome could be reached.

Ms Ellery and Mr Johnston also announced on Wednesday that teachers are set to receive their one-off $2500 cost-of-living payment, to help offset the current inflationary pressures, early in Term 4.

“Teachers will be the first to receive the sector-wide cost-of-living payment, which is part of the latest changes to WA’s public sector wages policy,” he said.

The new initiatives focus largely on achieving a work-life balance, with the implementation of a flexible personal leave entitlement for school year 2023 and additional flexibility and consideration for the provision of time off based on additional hours worked.

Also introduced is a school development day dedicated to curriculum support, improvements to support graduate and regional teachers, principals and deputy principals, including compensatory leave for principals, and the reduction of administrative red tape around performance management and improvements to staff transfer arrangements.

Part-time and casual employees will receive a pro rata cost-of-living payment.

These additional measures will support those already in place to attract and retain teachers.

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