Changes to the Teachers Award – new classifications, minimum pay and allowances

Published 17 December 2021 | Updated 5 January 2022

The Fair Work Commission has made some changes to the classifications, pay and allowances in the Teachers Award. The changes started from the first full pay period on or after 1 January 2022.

What are the changes

The changes to the Teachers Award include:

Find out more below.

Classification changes

From 1 January 2022, the Teachers Award has a new classification structure which:

  • is based on the professional career standards established by the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
  • is tied to teacher registration (where applicable)
  • has 5 classification levels instead of the current 12 levels. 

The arrangements to transfer existing employees to the new classification structure are outlined in Schedule H of the Teachers Award.

Definitions have been added to clause 2 for:

  • Australian Professional Standards for Teachers 
  • full registration
  • proficient accreditation. 

The classifications clause includes information on:

  • satisfactory teaching service
  • equivalency to proficient accreditation
  • equivalency to Highly Accomplished/Lead Teacher accreditation
  • returning to teaching
  • support for new teachers.

If employees and employers disagree on classification issues, they can access dispute resolution from an expert in the accreditation system.

New pay rates

From 1 January 2022, minimum pay rates in the Teachers Award increased.

The award’s new minimum pay rates table includes:

  • weekly pay rates as well as annual salaries
  • pay rates for long day care centres.

Casual employees, who are engaged for less than 5 days, aren’t entitled to be paid any higher than the pay rates for a Level 3 employee in the new structure.

You can now find the new pay rates in Schedule B of the Teachers Award.

There are no provisions to phase in the pay increases, which means the new rates apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 January 2022. 

We've updated our pay tools and pay guides to reflect these changes. 

Changes to allowances

The following pay-related allowances increased from 1 January 2022:

  • director’s allowance for childcare centre directors
  • leadership allowance for teachers in schools.

A new educational leader’s allowance was introduced for teachers in the children’s services and early childhood education industry. 

You can now find the new allowance rates in Schedule C of the Award

We've updated our pay tools and pay guides to reflect these changes. 

More information

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We've updated our tools and resources to reflect these changes. You can: