New salary benchmark for PMSA school officers
A new benchmark salary has been set for school officers thanks to the collective efforts of Queensland Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA) members.
The level 7 school officer classification will pay a benchmark salary of $99,157 which reflects the increasingly complex role of school officers. The win is one of several in the new collective agreement.
Other key member wins include a 2.5% wage increase per year over the life of the agreement for teachers and school officers, a $500 one-off payment to most employees as well as a new top classification level for school officers.
In addition to an enhanced middle leader structure, PMSA schools will begin a phased transition to the nationally accredited Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher (HALT) classifications with significant salary enhancements.
Considerable workload provisions won in the agreement include: an extra 30 minutes to the minimum preparation and correction time for primary teachers, extra consultations and resourcing for changes to curriculum, assessment and/or reporting, updated PD provisions to include an extra two days of employee-directed PD and provisions for consultation and compensation regarding employer-directed mentoring.
The employers have also committed to providing a minimum 10 days paid domestic violence leave to be accessed automatically rather than at a principal’s discretion.