Unraveling the salary structure for paraprofessionals within Victorian Government Schools is essential for both existing and aspiring paraprofessionals. This article aims to explain the paraprofessional class and its associated salary ranges as per the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2022.
The paraprofessional class comprises two distinct classification levels, each of which has two salary ranges:
- Paraprofessional Level 2
- Range 4
- Range 3
- Paraprofessional Level 1
- Range 2
- Range 1
These classifications correspond to various levels of responsibilities and roles within the paraprofessional sphere.
The salaries for paraprofessionals are outlined in Schedule 1 of the agreement. Within the paraprofessional classification levels specified in Schedule 1, salary progression is from the proper minimum, through the subdivisional range, to the maximum subdivision of that classification level.
Commencement Salary on Employment
The initial salary for a newly employed paraprofessional is based on the position they are filling:
- If hired to fill a classroom teacher vacancy, the paraprofessional will be offered employment at either salary range 1 or 2.
- If hired to fill a leading teacher or learning specialist vacancy, the paraprofessional will be offered employment at either salary range 3 or 4.
Unless otherwise determined by the Employer, a paraprofessional will commence employment at the minimum salary level specified in Schedule 1 for the relevant paraprofessional salary range. However, the Employer may determine that a paraprofessional will commence at a subdivision other than the minimum. Yet, the commencing salary determined cannot be less than the salary determined under the minimum and cannot exceed the maximum salary specified in Schedule 1 for the relevant salary range.
Salary on Promotion or Transfer
On promotion, a paraprofessional will be paid at the minimum salary specified for the new position in Schedule 1. However, if their previous salary (including any higher duties allowance) was at or above the minimum salary of the new position, they will be paid at that higher level.
On transfer, a paraprofessional will be paid at their current salary subdivision, with some specific conditions applying.
Salary Range Review
A paraprofessional or the Employer may initiate a review of a paraprofessional’s salary range. The review must be requested in writing and will be conducted in the context of any changes to the work value of the position and the performance of the employee. The review may result in a change to a higher or lower salary range within the employee’s classification level, or no change at all.
Understanding the paraprofessional class salary structure in Victorian Government Schools provides paraprofessionals with a clear career progression pathway. It will help them make informed decisions about their current roles and future prospects. For the specifics about each salary range, please refer to Schedule 1 of the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2022.