Clause 5: rates of pay and allowances

5.1 The rates of pay shall be paid to classifications of School Administrative and Support Staff in accordance with this clause and Schedule 1 of Part B.

5.2 The rates of pay for all School Administrative and Support Staff classifications arise from and reflect the implementation of the new classification structure as at the commencement of this award. The rates of pay applicable from the first pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2019 arise from and reflect the implementation of the new classification structure and incorporate an increase of 2.5%. Further increases to rates of pay and the allowances set out in Table 1 of Schedule 2 over the duration of this award include:

  • 5.2.1 2.5% from the first pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2020; and
  • 5.2.2 2.04% from the first pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2021.

5.3 The hourly rates of pay for permanent employees set out in Schedule 1 of Part B provide for 26 equal pays over the period of a year as follows:

Hourly rate x weekly hours x 52.17857 ÷ 26

5.4 Long term temporary employees will be paid the same rate of pay during school vacation as during school terms.

5.5 Permanent and long term temporary employees’ extended leave and maternity leave will be paid at the hourly rate of pay specified in Schedule 1 multiplied by 1.058.

5.6 Permanent and long term temporary employees’ overtime as provided at Clause 20.1 rates of Clause 20 Overtime will be paid at the hourly rate of pay specified in schedule 1 multiplied by 1.058.

5.7 A short-term temporary employee's hourly rate of pay is determined by multiplying the hourly rate of pay of a permanent employee by 1.15. This loaded hourly rate of pay incorporates a payment in lieu of a recreation leave entitlement.

5.8 Salary Packaging Arrangements, including Salary Sacrifice to Superannuation

5.8.1 The entitlement to salary package in accordance with this clause is available to:

(i) ongoing full-time and part-time employees;

(ii) temporary employees, subject to the Department’s convenience; and

(iii) casual employees, subject to the Department’s convenience, and limited to salary sacrifice to superannuation in accordance with 5.8.7.

5.8.2 For the purposes of this clause:

(i) "salary" means the salary or rate of pay prescribed for the employee's classification by clause 5, Rates of Pay and Allowances, of this Award, and any other payment that can be salary packaged in accordance with Australian taxation law.

(ii) "post compulsory deduction salary" means the amount of salary available to be packaged after payroll deductions required by legislation or order have been taken into account. Such payroll deductions may include, but are not limited to, taxes, compulsory superannuation payments, HECS payments, child support payments, and judgement debtor/garnishee orders.

5.8.3 By mutual agreement with the Department, an employee may elect to package a part or all of their post compulsory deduction salary in order to obtain:

(i) a benefit or benefits selected from those approved by the Department; and

(ii) an amount equal to the difference between the employee’s salary, and the amount specified by the Department for the benefit provided to or in respect of the employee in accordance with such agreement.

5.8.4 An election to salary package must be made prior to the commencement of the period of service to which the earnings relate.

5.8.5 The agreement shall be known as a Salary Packaging Agreement.

5.8.6 Except in accordance with 5.8.7, a Salary Packaging Agreement shall be recorded in writing and shall be for a period of time as mutually agreed between the employee and the Department at the time of signing the Salary Packaging Agreement.

5.8.7 Where an employee makes an election to sacrifice a part or all of their post compulsory deduction salary as additional employer superannuation contributions, the employee may elect to have the amount sacrificed:

(i) paid into the superannuation fund established under the First State Superannuation Act 1992; or

(ii) where the employer is making compulsory employer superannuation contributions to another complying superannuation fund, paid into the same complying fund; or

(iii) subject to the Department’s agreement, paid into another complying superannuation fund.

5.8.8 Where the employee makes an election to salary sacrifice, the employer shall pay the amount of post compulsory deduction salary, the subject of election, to the relevant superannuation fund.

5.8.9 Where the employee makes an election to salary package and where the employee is a member of a superannuation scheme established under the:

(i) Police Regulation (Superannuation) Act 1906;

(ii) Superannuation Act 1916;

(iii) State Authorities Superannuation Act 1987; or

(iv) State Authorities Non-contributory Superannuation Act 1987, the employee’s Department must ensure that the employee’s superable salary for the purposes of the above Acts, as notified to the SAS Trustee Corporation, is calculated as if the Salary Packaging Agreement had not been entered into.

5.8.10 Where the employee makes an election to salary package, and where the employee is a member of a superannuation fund other than a fund established under legislation listed in 5.8.9 of this clause, the employee’s Department must continue to base contributions to that fund on the salary payable as if the Salary Packaging Agreement had not been entered into. This clause applies even though the superannuation contributions made by the Department may be in excess of superannuation guarantee requirements after the salary packaging is implemented.

5.8.11 Where the employee makes an election to salary package:

(i) subject to Australian Taxation law, the amount of salary packaged will reduce the salary subject to appropriate PAYG taxation deductions by the amount packaged; and

(ii) any allowance, penalty rate, payment for unused leave entitlements, weekly worker’s compensation or other payment, other than any payments for leave taken in service, to which an employee is entitled under this Award or any applicable Award, Act or statute which is expressed to be determined by reference to the employee’s rate of pay, shall be calculated by reference to the rate of pay which would have applied to the employee under clause 5, Rates of Pay and Allowances, or Part B of this Award if the Salary Packaging Agreement had not been entered into.

5.8.12 The Department may vary the range and type of benefits available from time to time following discussion with the Association. Such variations shall apply to any existing or future Salary Packaging Agreement from date of such variation.

5.8.13 The Department will determine from time to time the value of the benefits provided following discussion with the Association. Such variations shall apply to any existing or future Salary Packaging Agreement from the date of such variation. In this circumstance, the employee may elect to terminate the Salary Packaging Agreement.

5.9 Transition Arrangements

5.9.1 New Employees - School Administrative and Support Staff who commence employment with the Department on or after the date of the commencement of this award will commence at the relevant classification level in accordance with this clause as follows:

(i) School Learning Support Officers and School Learning Support Officers (Vision Support, Hearing Support, Bilingual) will commence at the SLSO1 classification level;

(ii) School Learning Support Officers (Pre-School) will commence at the SLSO PS 1 classification level;

(iii) School Learning Support Officers (Student Health Support) will commence at the SLSO SHS classification level;

(iv) Aboriginal Education Officers will commence at the AEO 1 classification level;

(v) From 1 January 2021 Business Managers 1 will commence at the BM 1.1 classification level; and

(vi) From 1 January 2021 Business Managers 2 will commence at the BM 2.1 classification level.

5.9.2 Existing Employees - Existing School Administrative and Support Staff employed by the Department as at the date of the commencement of this award will transition to the new structure as follows:

Former Classification New Classification

School Administrative Manager Level 1

SAM 1

School Administrative Manager Level 2

SAM 2

School Administrative Manager Level 3

SAM 3

School Administrative Manager Level 4

SAM 4

School Learning Support Officer and School Learning Support Officer (Vision Support, Hearing Support, Bilingual
Former Classification New Classification
School learning support officer Year 1 SLSO 1
School learning support officer Year 2 SLSO 2
School learning support officer Year 3 SLSO 3
School learning support officer Year 4 SLSO 4


Former Classification New Classification

School Learning Support Officer (Pre-School) Year 1

SLSO PS 1

School Learning Support Officer (Pre-School) Year 2

SLSO PS 2

School Learning Support Officer (Pre-School) Year 3

SLSO PS 3

School Learning Support Officer (Pre-School) Year 4

SLSO PS 4

School Learning Support Officer (Student Health Support)

SLSO (SHS)

Aboriginal Education Officer Year 1

AEO 1

Aboriginal Education Officer Year 2

AEO 2

Aboriginal Education Officer Year 3

AEO 3

Aboriginal Education Officer Year 4

AEO 4

5.10 Allowances for First Aid, Administration of Medications and Health Support

5.10.1 A first aid allowance as set out in Table 1 of Schedule 2, Part B is payable to approved employees holding a current St John Ambulance First Aid Certificate or its equivalent for undertaking first-aid duties in accordance with the employee’s statement of duties.

5.10.2 An administration of medications allowance as set out in Table 1 of Schedule 2, Part B is payable to employees required to administer medications upon completion of appropriate training. The allowance is paid only on days worked.

5.10.3 A health support allowance as set out in Table 1 of Schedule 2, Part B is payable to School Learning Support Officers required to perform health support for students upon completion of appropriate training. The allowance is paid only on days worked.

5.11 Other Allowances

5.11.1 Other allowances provided for under this award are listed in Table 2 of Schedule 2, Part B.

5.11.2 Allowances listed in Table 2 of Schedule 2, Part B and the relevant cities and centres are adjusted in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Employees (Public Service Conditions of Employment) Reviewed Award 2009 or successor award, or as approved from time to time by the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

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