Occupation specific claims for workers in the Department of Education.

Claim 41: Leave Entitlements for School Employees

  • That the inequity between the leave provided to teachers, principals and school psychologists compared to other school-based employees be resolved. This would mean an end to the practice of standdown.
  • That school-based employees have a right to apply for recreation leave during school terms and for their application to be approved unless operationally impossible.
  • That school-based employees be provided with access to flexitime that would allow time to be accrued during school term and taken off during term breaks.

Claim 42: Salary Sacrificing
Extension of the existing salary sacrificing arrangements for Teachers to all staff in remote/regional locations.

Claim 43: Allied Health Professionals

  • Parity with School Psychologists both regarding pay and leave entitlements.
  • Progression through AHP1 – AHP3 with a review of levels so there is a maximum of 12 levels across this three Band range.
  • Rules for determining the level for appointment be agreed, including minimum levels based on experience, length of degree, post-grad qualifications and regional incentives.
  • Recognition of Australian Quality Framework national classification levels and improved progression via clinical/education and management streams at L4-5 and accelerated progression through the attainment of post graduate study at all levels. 
  • Extend and amend the PUGS upgrade scheme for a non-healthcare setting.
  • Payment of a Mentoring/preceptor allowance for AHPs supporting student placements.
  • Incentive payments for chronically understaffed areas (to attract & retain critical staff).
  • Increase to Professional Development Fund; widen scope and improved clarity about what it can be used for.
  • Right to work away from schools when face to face contact is not required.
  • Right to accrue hours during terms to be taken off in school holidays.
  • That government vehicles be provided for employee working across multiple worksites and home garaging be allowed.
  • All jobs in DoE that don’t require teaching qualifications as essential be open to TSSA General Stream or Allied Health Professional Agreement employees.


Claim 44: School Support Staff

  • Extend the application of the ‘Incentive payments for Employees in Designated Schools’ that apply for teachers to all school support staff working in designated schools.
  • Increase in the Health Care Procedures Allowance and include it in TSSA Appendix 16.
  • Extension of the Toileting Allowance to all kindergarten teacher assistants and an increase to the allowance.
  • Review and amend TSSA Appendix 16 Clause 5 – Holidays with Pay Agreement to ensure accrued days are paid out if not taken.
  • That employees who undertake relief work be paid a relief rate for all relief hours worked.
  • That a process be implemented to allow school support staff to express interest in vacancies at their classification in other schools

Claim 45: Teacher Assistants 

Broadbanding between Bands 2 and 3 (or creation of specific classification structure).

Claim 46: Libraries 

Broadbanding between Bands 1 and 2.

Claim 47: School Administration 

  • Broadbanding School Administration between Bands 2 and 4.
  • Broadbanding School Business Manager between Bands 4 and 7 (or creation of specific classification structure).

Claim 48: Information & Communications Technology Appendix

  • Include clear progression/promotion pathway for officers with high level technical expertise but no management responsibilities.
  • Extend Communicable Diseases Leave to ICT workers in Schools.