Page 5799 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 7 December 2011

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Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Teachers—enterprise bargaining

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (12.19): I move:

That that this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the significant role that teachers play in delivering positive educational outcomes for ACT students;

(b) that the new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement offer includes:

(i) parity of pay for all teachers in the first year of the agreement, and 3.5 percent increases in years two and three;

(ii) opportunities for accelerated progression for outstanding teachers;

(iii) opportunities for outstanding classroom teachers to be recognised through accelerated progression through the pay scale;

(iv) the establishment of a $100 000 teacher leader position, keeping talented teachers in the classroom; and

(v) empowerment of ACT school communities to have more decision making power;

(c) that these reforms are in line with the National Reform Agenda currently being implemented by the Commonwealth Government;

(d) that the Australian Education Union’s Executive Council has given in-principle support to this offer; and

(e) that the offer will be put to teachers for a vote early in 2012; and

(2) also notes:

(a) the successful implementation of the national curriculum in the ACT;

(b) development of National Professional Standards for Teachers and a national standard for principals; and

(c) the successful ACT implementation of National Partnerships.

I am happy to be able to move this motion today in relation to the significant role teachers play in delivering student outcomes in the ACT and the EBA negotiations that are coming to a successful conclusion. I believe all of us in this place today have been fortunate enough to receive a formal education. We all attended school, and I am

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