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Home > News > 2018 > February > Negotiations secure $3,000+ salary boost for early career teachers

Negotiations secure $3,000+ salary boost for early career teachers


Graduate teachers in Queensland Catholic schools have received a salary boost of $3,000+ following negotiations between our union and employers.

All new graduate teachers in Queensland Catholic schools now have access to the higher Graduate 2 starting rate.

These improved salaries bring Religious Institute and Edmund Rice schools into line with their Diocesan counterparts who removed the Graduate 1 classification last year. 

Our union has also been working to improve transition arrangements for graduates moving between schools.

Teachers commencing work in Catholic schools at the beginning of 2018, and who have just completed 12 months teaching in another school authority, will have access to the higher classification of Proficient 1. 

This means that these second year teachers are set to earn an extra $3,300 this year. 

Watch the latest edition of IEU News in 90 Seconds for more on what this means for graduate teachers:

IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Brad Hayes said the enhancement to graduate salaries provides new teachers with accelerated progression through the salary scale and an immediate salary boost of thousands of dollars.

“Enabling teachers to move more easily through the classification scale was a core member claim for the Joint Working Party which is currently considering all teacher classifications in Queensland Catholic schools,” Mr Hayes said.

“The outcome for graduate teachers is significant as it provides teachers who are starting their careers with improved progression options which will continue to benefit them over the course of their careers.”

Mr Hayes said the outcome was important in protecting the future of the teaching profession.

“All teachers are dedicated to their profession and to providing quality education to their students; however, it is important to also establish teaching as a career that provides financial security.”

“It is clear that by joining together in our union, teachers are able to secure enhancements to their wages and conditions.”

“By becoming IEUA-QNT members, graduate teachers also have access to invaluable support from our union as they face professional issues and workplace challenges as new teachers.”

Our union is urging all graduate teachers to ensure they are being paid correctly.

Members who believe they are being paid at the wrong rate should contact our union for advice.

Contact our union on FREECALL 1800 177 938 or by email to enquiries@qieu.asn.au