• Additional Non-Instruction Time (NIT)

    Clause 5.2.12(a) sets out the maximum face-to-face teaching time and minimum non-instruction time (NIT) for teachers working in schools and school-based preschools. Clause 5.2.12(b)(i) of EA24 states that the maximum face-to-face teaching will be reduced by 60 minutes per week, with the equivalent increase in minimum non-instruction time.

  • AEW Cultural Leave

    WHAT ACCESS TO CULTURAL LEAVE DO I HAVE? For teachers in schools and preschools, under the Department for Education’s Special Leave policy, you can access leave for: Cultural and Community Responsibilities This is ‘Leave to fulfil community, ceremonial, family, funeral and /or cultural obligations. The ‘total period of special leave with pay must not exceed 15 days per school year.’

  • AEW Work Level Definitions

    This document is issued for general guidance only. The issues it deals with are complex, and the document deals only with general principles.

  • AST2 Fallback: Schedule 3 Classifications 4.2

    This document provides information to permanent teachers who are working to accrue five years or 1035 days of service occupying tenured Band B and Band A leadership positions in schools or preschools.

  • Classroom Observation of Teachers

    The aim of teacher observation in the classroom is to contribute to the development of a professional education workforce. Teacher observation supports teachers to self-reflect on their teaching practice and to continue to develop as education professionals. It is also reliant on adequate resourcing so that it does not increase workload.

  • Class Size

    Class size is a matter for the PAC which must work in partnership with the principal in relation to “the organisation and size of classes within that school including practical classes”.

  • Completing other duties during non-instruction time

    The Department and AEU are committed to teachers having the opportunity to perform all their duties within a reasonable timeframe, to have fair and reasonable conditions, and for students/children to have ready access to their teachers. In this context, the work allocated to a teacher should, as far as practicable, provide for an equitable distribution of work across all teachers in the school and avoid the allocation of work to teachers that could be performed by an available and appropriately qualified SSO or ECW.

  • Country Incentives and Allowances

    The AEU has campaigned for incentives for country teachers for many years. These incentives were first introduced in the 1989 Curriculum Guarantee Agreement and have been included in all enterprise agreements since that time.

  • Formal Disciplinary or Performance Meetings: Your Rights

    It is important that as an AEU member, you understand and exercise your rights when a Principal/Director or other site leader requests a formal meeting with you. If the meeting is outside of normal site operations, the established Performance Development Plan (PDP) process, or if you receive written instructions to attend a meeting with a leader, it is important to clarify the purpose of the meeting. If the meeting could result in disciplinary action or counselling, or lead to a determination of incapacity or unsatisfactory performance, you should act with caution as there is a risk of an adverse outcome that could have a detrimental impact on your career.

  • Hours of Work: School Teachers

    What does education and children's services - regulation 19 say about the organisation of school days.

  • Non-Instruction Time (NIT)

    NIT is “allocated to teachers to enable them to undertake preparation of lessons, assessment of student work, report writing and curriculum development.” [Ref: South Australian School and Preschool Education Staff Enterprise Agreement 2020 (EA20) – Clause 5.2.5]

  • One Plan: Know Your Rights

    The One Plan (previously referred to as OCOP) has been replacing the range of different education/learning plans that exist (eg. Negotiated Education Plan, Individual Learning Plan, and Individual Education Plan), since 2018.

  • Primary Carer Leave (prev. Maternity, Adoption and Surrogacy Leave)

    Teachers, School Services Officers (SSOs), Early Childhood Workers (ECWs) and Aboriginal Education Workers (AEWs) are eligible to apply for paid Primary Carer Leave. Permanent, limited tenure, and temporary employees are eligible for paid Primary Carer Leave.

  • Part-time Conditions

    PERMANENT EMPLOYEES MAY: Request a change in time (increase or reduction in time) on a permanent basis in the same school. Request a temporary increase or reduction in time in the same school. Apply for an advertised position at a different fraction of time at a different school.

  • Recruitment and Selection

    Recruitment and selection of teaching staff is governed by the Department for Education Recruitment and Selection of Teaching Staff policies and procedures. Previously, changes to the policy and procedure required agreement from the AEU. Due to the operational nature of these documents, the Department for Education wanted full control over the policy and procedure. Through bargaining, the AEU managed to secure core principles of the existing processes by enshrining them in new Schedule 6 of the South Australian Schools and Preschools Enterprise Agreement 2024 (EA24).

  • Resolving Disputes and Grievances

    A grievance is defined as a matter connected with the terms and conditions of employment or working arrangements that affect a member directly or affect their personal dealings or working relationships with other staff at their workplace. It is often an expression of dissatisfaction about a work situation by an individual member.

  • Right to Disconnect

    Clause 5.9 of EA24 sets out the right to disconnect from digital technologies, following recent changes to federal legislation.

  • Special Leave

    Special Leave enables employees to meet individual needs and responsibilities that can’t be attended to outside of normal working hours. It is defined as any type of leave to which other leave categories such as Sick Leave, Family Carer’s Leave, Maternity Leave, Adoption Leave, Recreation Leave and Long Service Leave do not apply.

  • SSO ECW & AEW Training and Professional Development Hours

    This document explains the Department for Education’s Training and Professional Support Strategy for Eligible School and Preschool Staff for School Services Officers (SSOs), Early Childhood Workers (ECWs) and Aboriginal Education Workers (AEWs).

  • School Services Officer (SSO) Pay

    Upon your initial appointment, you will be paid on the first step of the classification level of your position. Your salary is paid into your nominated bank account every fortnight.

  • Standalone Preschools Workload Funding

    As part of enterprise bargaining negotiations, the AEU has secured $16 million of additional funding to help directors in standalone preschools better manage their workload.

  • Step 9: Schools & Preschools

    Applications for Step 9 will be assessed only against Attachment 1 to Schedule 3 of the South Australian School and Preschool Education Staff Enterprise Agreement 2020.

  • Tier Progression with Provisional Registration

    Clause 6.12 of the previous enterprise agreement placed restrictions on the progression of provisionally registered teachers to incremental salary step 4 and beyond. The new South Australian Schools and Preschools Enterprise Agreement 2024 (EA24) includes changes to this clause which remove some restrictions and only requires full registration for appointment

  • Top Pay Increment for AEWs

    How do I reach the top increment at each level? A relevant qualification must be completed to reach the top increment, per the list below. This is not an exhaustive list and other qualifications can be considered.

  • Travel and accommodation expenses: medical and dental treatment

    Can i claim travel and accommodation costs for medical or dental assistance obtained in Adelaide or a larger city/town?