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Home > Campaigns > Bargaining with One Voice - Queensland Catholic Schools

Bargaining with One Voice - Queensland Catholic Schools

Catholic school staff are due significant backpay

Employers can pay it now 

New wage rates are a key outcome agreed in the collective bargaining negotiations and documented in the empoyers' proposed replacement agreement.

Those new wage rates apply from 1 May 2019 for school officers and services staff and 1 July 2019 for techers. Our union has called on Catholic employers to pay the backpay and new rates to their staff now. 

While such a payment is not legally required ahead of the employers' ballot, this is a perfect opportunity for Catholic school employers to acknolwedge the committment and dedication of their staff. 


Employers decide negotiations over - employers to ballot

Future wages & conditions in the hands of employees

After ten months of formal negotiations and thirteen bargaining meetings, Catholic employers determined to conduct a ballot for a new collective agreement.

The Fair Work Act 2009 enables employers to conduct agreement ballots regardless of whether the parties have reached in-principle agreement on all issues.

While the final proposed agreement will contain a number of new initiatives and agreed employee claims, there are also a range of matters that have ultimately not been agreed.

The employers’ ballot will provide an opportunity for all employees to have their say on the proposed agreement and our future wages and conditions in Catholic schools.

The next stage in our campaign – member education and action

The employers’ decision to proceed to a ballot represents a critical point in the negotiations.

Comprehensive ballot advisories, Chapter discussions and member consultation will be undertaken in coming weeks ahead of the employers’ ballot.

The implications of the proposed agreement for all categories of school employees will be essential for members to make an informed ballot decision.

Our initial member advisories are now available below: 

Additional advisories for other employee classifications as well as on key bargaining issues will be provided in coming weeks.

Our member campaign and collective action has secured agreed outcomes well in excess of the original bargaining positions adopted by the employers.

Your action has made a real difference. Members will now ultimately make the final call on the adequacy of the overall employer agreement that is released to staff for ballot.


Our employee bargaining team provides essential insights at the bargaining table on the reality of working in a Catholic school in 2019. Our team comprises teacher and school officer reps from Diocesan and RI schools.

Chapter Briefings and bargaining updates

Click here to read latest briefings and updates.

Members fight back against insecure work


Insecure work is a key target of our bargaining campaign.

Click here to share your insecure work story or support our campaign.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.