AEU Support Staff 

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AEU Support Staff agreement (PSUWA) update (6/8/19)

DoE Support Staff accept offer, restart negotiations

Support Staff working in schools and colleges across Tasmania have voted overwhelmingly to accept a government offer for pay rises and back pay.

An Australian Education Union member ballot was returned with 88 percent of Education Support Personnel accepting the offer.

“Education union members have broken the government’s unfair and unsustainable wage cap policy with collective action and are looking forward to returning to the negotiating table for a longer-term agreement,” said AEU Tasmanian Branch President Helen Richardson.

“The government’s attempts to maintain their political position of capping wage rises at the expense of educators has delayed pay rises for too long.”

“Some of Tasmania’s lowest paid education support personnel will now need to be back paid to December 2018 – this just shows the government is more willing to inflict pain on their education employees than show them the respect they deserve.”

“With this offer came a commitment from the government to return to the negotiation table and AEU members look forward to an opportunity to talk about a longer-term agreement that addresses key issues for education support personnel,” concluded Helen Richardson.

The offer accepted by AEU members covered by the PSUWA agreement includes pay rises of 2.35%, with 2.1% backdated to 1 December 2018 as well as a one-off payment of 0.15% pro rata of base salary capped at $120.

We will hold the government to their commitment to return to negotiations and we will be bringing key issues for support staff members to the table, including:

  • An increase in Toileting Allowance for Teacher Assistants
  • Compulsory Toileting Allowance for all Teacher Assistants from Kindergarten to Grade 2
  • An increase to Medical Procedures Allowance for Teacher Assistants
  • TOIL days for Teacher Assistants, in lieu of ANZAC Day and Easter public holidays when normally timetabled to work
  • A reduction in unpaid stand down\
  • A career path for Teacher Assistants – expansion of Education Support Specialist program and new classification

With a government that has dragged its heels on negotiations all the way, it has only been as a union that we have won improvements.

There’s more work to be done and it will again be as a union that we continue our campaign for better conditions and fair pay.

Please encourage your colleagues to join our union at this important time – our strength is in our numbers.

AEU Reps are committed to backing our support staff – check out their video below.

Thank you to our Support Staff

AEU members from around Tasmania have a lot to thank our Support Staff colleagues for, they’re fantastic! Here’s a collection of heartfelt messages for Support Staff on Education Support Personnel Day.

Share with your friends to show your Support Staff how much you value them!

Posted by Australian Education Union Tasmania on Thursday, 16 May 2019


Support Staff members and the AEU are making a real difference to education outcomes, while improving support staff working conditions across the state.

Working with the AEU, support staff members have achieved:

  • Transition of Teacher Assistants onto the Tasmanian State Service Award, which includes substantial pay increases, including:
  • Teacher Assistant salary increased from $34 648, pro rata in 2007, to a salary range of $54 093 – $58 322, pro rata as of 1 December 2017.
  • Pay scales extended from three salary levels to five.
  • Introduction of Toileting Allowance for Support Staff who are required, and agree, to undertake these roles.
  • Introduction of Specialised Health Care Allowance for Support Staff who choose to complete these duties.
  • TOIL days in lieu of Easter holidays lost in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
  • A new career path introduced through the Para-Professional program that includes free university training. These roles will come with a new title of Education Support Specialist with the first intake to be completed in 2017 and with a salary range of $60 753 – $65 780.
  • Implementation of a Teacher Assistant Transfer Agreement with clear guidelines as to how this is to be initiated and processed.
  • Option of annualised salary for Support Staff.
  • Negotiated option of working an extra three weeks to help address the issue of unpaid stand down.
  • DoE to pay for the first three years of Working with Vulnerable Children (WwVC) checks.
  • Interim new staffing formula to address Lab Tech workload issues whilst negotiations for new formula are finalised
  • The fully-funded School Business Manager Initiative for DoE staff to become university qualified.