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Vectea Agreement

The ability of employers to address underperformance issues has been successfully negotiated by the ELAA, which ensures that employers can extend the trial period for workers to six months under the proposed agreement, which also allows the employer to formally manage benefit issues. The employees who will be covered by the agreement are: The VECTEA agreement is an important enterprise agreement that governs the sector sector of the Victorian community. In recent discussions, the ELAA stated that the proposed agreement “focuses on quality outcomes for the early childhood sector, improving the salaries and conditions of teachers and educators and giving employers greater capacity to manage their workforce.” ELAA believes that the proposed VECTEA offers a balanced approach for teachers, educators and early childhood providers, according to a statement from the association, which states that the proposed agreement is now reached by the government with regard to adequate funding. If you have a question about the VECTEA renegotiation, you can contact ELAA by email vectea@elaa.org.au The proposed enterprise agreements provide for a new process of progression from Level 2.5 to Level 3.1 from March 2021. The highlights of the 2016 negotiations the last time the agreement was reached, as found by the AEU, included an annual salary increase of 3 per cent, 15 days off for co-educators and pay parity with teachers at the higher level of early childhood teachers (representing an additional 13 per cent) and pay parity with teachers at the lower level of early childhood teachers (equivalent to an additional 8 per cent). The process of creating new enterprise agreements for early childhood is well advanced. However, a number of measures still need to be taken before the new agreements are completed. If enterprise agreements were to be approved by the Fair Work Commission (after an employee vote to support the proposed agreement),teachers will no longer need validation for teachers to move from level 2.5 to level 3.1 for teachers. The new progression procedure will apply from 1 February 2022. Licensed teachers who have filed a letter of intent by December 18, 2020 have until February 28, 2021 to file their application for validation.

Teachers must have their intent forms (below) in kindergarten.funding@education.vic.gov.au Our sector continues to struggle to attract, develop and retain quality teachers and educators.

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