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Home > News > 2018 > September > Djarragun members win benchmark conditions

Djarragun members win benchmark conditions

hands_raised_vote_web.jpgMembers at Djarragun College, Gordonvale have secured benchmark conditions in their latest agreement, including comparable wages with the Queensland Catholic sector. 

The agreement, to be approved by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) following a strong yes vote at ballot, will include a nine step salary structure for teachers with automatic access to the top step of $101,680 from 1 January 2019.


The salary for graduate teachers will rise to $73,443 from 1 January 2019.


Other key enhancements gained by members include:

  • Paid maternity/adoption leave increased to 14 weeks;
  • The ability to take paid maternity/adoption leave at half pay for double the period of time;
  • 8 days’ paid domestic violence leave (which can be combined with emergent leave to reach the sector benchmark of 10 days per year);
  • Cultural leave;
  • Improvements to Hours of Duty for teachers, including: reduced contact time; better protections around PPCT (including a formal process to replace lost PPCT); and a reduction in additional hours required of teachers;
  • Increases in minimum release time for PAR Level 1 & 2; and
  • Improvements to classifications and allowances for boarding staff.

IEU Organiser Patrick Meikle said members at the College had remained united during the negotiations, resulting in a positive outcome.


“This new agreement, once approved by the FWC, will deliver significant enhancements to conditions for staff at Djarragun College,” Mr Meikle said.


“Reaching the benchmark classroom teacher salary of $101,000 is a key win for members in recognising the commitment of experienced teachers.


“The outcome provides parity with rates achieved by IEU members in Queensland Catholic schools.”


Mr Meikle said members were to be commended for their resolve in negotiations and for protecting community standard working conditions in the non-government sector.


Read more about latest collective bargaining updates via our website.

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