The Education Assistants (Government) General Agreement 2019: Understanding the Important Changes
The Western Australian government recently announced the Education Assistants (Government) General Agreement 2019, which replaces the previous agreement that expired on June 30, 2019. The new agreement has been reached after extensive negotiations between the government, the Department of Education, and educators’ unions.
The Education Assistants (Government) General Agreement 2019 covers approximately 8,000 education assistants employed by the government to support teachers and students in public schools and colleges. The agreement outlines the terms and conditions of their employment, including wages, work hours, leave entitlements, and other benefits.
One of the significant changes introduced by the new agreement is a salary increase for education assistants. Under the new agreement, the minimum hourly rate for education assistants will increase by 14%, from $25.28 to $28.91. This will be phased in over the life of the agreement, with the first increase of 6% to be paid from July 1, 2019, followed by another 4% on January 1, 2020, and a further 4% on January 1, 2021.
The agreement also provides for an additional paid leave day for education assistants who work beyond their normal hours during parent-teacher interviews. This is an important recognition of the extra work and effort that education assistants put in to ensure that parents and teachers can communicate effectively about the progress and needs of students.
Another important aspect of the new agreement is a commitment to review and improve the career paths for education assistants. The government and the unions will work together to develop a career structure that recognizes the skills, experience, and qualifications of education assistants and provides opportunities for their professional development and advancement.
The Education Assistants (Government) General Agreement 2019 is an important milestone in the ongoing efforts to recognize the vital role that education assistants play in our public schools and colleges. It ensures that they are adequately compensated for their work, and that their contributions are valued and respected.
As a professional, it`s important to note that this agreement can also be viewed as a positive example of government and union collaboration and cooperation. These types of agreements can serve as a model for other sectors and industries that are also grappling with issues of fair wages, working conditions, and labor rights. Education assistants are an essential part of the public education system, and this new agreement helps ensure that they can continue to provide students with the support and assistance they need to succeed.