Understanding the Education Support Class and Salary Structures in Victorian Government Schools

(Last Updated On: October 30, 2023)

In the world of education, various roles and responsibilities are crucial to ensure an efficient and effective teaching and learning environment. One of these key components is the Education Support Class in Victorian Government Schools. This article provides a detailed overview of the structure and salary ranges related to this role, as outlined in the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2022.

The Education Support Class

The Education Support Class comprises two main categories:

  1. Education Support Level 2: This level includes one salary range, specifically range 6.
  2. Education Support Level 1: This level encompasses five salary ranges – range 1, range 2, range 3, range 4, and range 5.

These classifications are in accordance with the Dimensions of Work at Schedule 4. Employees are compensated based on their salary range, as specified in Schedule 1.

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Salary Progression

Within these classification levels, salary progression moves from the minimum, through the subdivisional range, to the maximum subdivision of that classification level, subject to certain conditions.

Salary on Commencement of Employment

The initial salary of an education support class employee is determined based on factors such as past employment, the salary range of the position, and any additional qualifications they may have. For instance, roles requiring an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) certificate or diploma qualification, or roles that require specialized student/teacher support tasks, may have a higher starting salary.

The commencement salary, however, cannot exceed the maximum salary specified in Schedule 1 for the relevant classification or salary range.

Salary on Promotion or Transfer

When an education support class employee is promoted, they will receive at least the minimum salary specified for the new position in Schedule 1. On transfer, the employee will be paid at their current salary subdivision, subject to certain conditions.

Salary Range Review

Both the employee and the Employer may initiate a review of the employee’s salary range. This review will consider changes in the work value of the position and the performance of the employee. The outcome of the review could lead to movement to a higher or lower salary range within the employee’s classification level.

Casual Employment

Casual employees within the education support class are compensated with an hourly rate plus a 35.40% loading. This loading is in lieu of any paid leave entitlements, except for long service leave and public holidays.

Medical Intervention or Challenging and Complex Behaviours Training

Education support class employees working with students requiring medical intervention or exhibiting challenging and complex behaviors will receive appropriate training. This training ensures the safety and well-being of both the student and the employee.

In conclusion, the Victorian Government Schools Agreement provides clear guidelines on the roles, responsibilities, and remuneration of education support class employees. These roles are essential in supporting the teaching and learning environment, and their compensation reflects their crucial contribution to the education system.

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