Goodstart agreement gets up

The Goodstart Early Learning Enterprise Agreement was approved by the Fair Work Commission on 5 August 2021.

Pay increases

Goodstart introduced a new pay scale and teachers will receive pay increases backdated to the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The starting rate has increased to reflect the rates that are paid to graduates employed by the NSW Department of Education. Increases payable in 2022 and 2023 will be calculated according to the minimum wage percentage increase.


The annual Director’s Allowance will increase to $6365 for 0-39 places, $7912 for 40-59 places and $9577 for 60 or more places.

Educational leaders progress one additional pay point on the salary scale. If the educational leader is on the highest pay point for their classification, they will be paid an allowance of $1.40 per hour.

Other improvements

From 1 March 2002 employees will be entitled to four weeks paid parental leave, increasing to six weeks paid leave after 1 March 2024.

Increased non-contact time

Up to two days’ personal leave may be used as wellbeing leave

The IEU congratulates members for the significant improvements to wages and working conditions that were achieved through their ongoing engagement with the negotiation process.

If you work in a preschool or early learning centre that is not covered by an enterprise agreement, contact IEU organiser Lisa James ( to discuss how the union can assist.