For the first time in a generation, we have a proposal for an agreement that puts in place important measures for workload and contracts. Some of Victoria`s wealthiest out-of-state schools have used the JobKeeper grant program to stick with staff during the COVID 19 blockade, and many private schools remain concerned about staff costs, with families receiving discounts or attending cheaper schools. The Australian Education Union expects school enrolment to rise as a result of the recession. Under the 2020-21 Capital Support Program, non-governmental schools received funding: before COVID-19, the number of employees in Victorian schools increased by 3.4% per year, thanks to the country`s strongest population growth and the largest number of international students. „Rewards for teachers and general staff mean that schools must carry out orientation processes when introducing major changes, such as layoffs. Enterprise agreements will have similar clauses. Before COVID-19 changed things for schools, more than 250 AEU sub-branches had submitted contributions to the minutes of application for the next school agreement. With the deadline extended until May 8, the union finally received nearly 300 submissions – a great success amid the rapid implementation of teledifers and general restrictions on communication. As the debate over government decisions raged during the pandemic, the AEU was able to work effectively with TDS, employers and government to support our members. The union says the ministry`s instructions are aimed at implementing a new performance and development process, in violation of clause 13, paragraph 3, of the agreement. Sub-branch submissions showed that school members are coordinated on many issues, including teacher workload and personal school hours; Class sizes Days of professional practice and the remuneration and conditions of education promotion staff (ES).
Salaries, classification structures, staff agreements, allowances, packaging and consultations also reported a large number of comments. An IEU spokesman said the union did not expect significant job cuts in schools, but that there could be „few specialized or extracurricular programs that will be reduced and that some schools will lose their enrolment abroad.“ Minister Hall on Tuesday released a new education policy that does not respect the government`s intention to move to a new performance evaluation system in the near future. As part of the approved governance model for the program, the Ministry of Education and Training will enter into separate funding agreements with the two school sectors, Catholic Capital Grants (Victoria) Ltd (CCG) and the Victorian Independent Schools Block Grant Authority (VIS) to manage the program for schools in their respective sectors. In a briefing paper released this week by compensation adviser Egan Associates, governments were urged to move away from automatic annual pay increases for public servants (see related articles) But the coronavirus recession and the collapse of intergovernmental and international migration have brought Victorian schools – and their 109,000 full-time equivalents – into uncharted waters.