3.9 Units

3.9 Units

3.9.1 Boards will be entitled, in any one school year, to a number of units for the purposes of management, responsibility, recruitment, retention and/or reward, generated by formula in the Education (School Staffing) Order for the time being in force. The employer shall consult with teachers in developing a policy to determine the use of units.

  1. Boards with an entitlement of four or more units may allocate up to 40% of the units on a fixed term basis.
  2. Boards with an entitlement of three or fewer units:
    1. can make fixed term units divisible by two.
    2. must allocate at least one unit permanently.

3.9.2 Permanent units are paid at the rate of $4,000 and are additional salary regardless of the level of aggregation. They are paid at the substantive rate (i.e. not divisible) to both full-time and part-time teachers. The only circumstance in which permanent units may be proportioned is in an approved full-time job share position.

3.9.3 Fixed term units are paid at the rate of $4,000 and are additional salary regardless of the level of aggregation. They are paid to both full-time and part-time teachers at the substantive rate and are not divisible unless clause 3.9.1(b) applies.

3.9.4 Any extra units allocated on the basis of increased staffing provisions resulting from an increase in the school’s roll during the year shall be allocated as fixed term units. Any such units will have the end of the school year as their end date.

3.9.5 An appropriate number of permanent additional units shall be allocated to teachers holding positions, outside entitlement, described as at 1 February 1998 as follows:

  1. Senior teachers special duties (in normal schools);
  2. Senior teachers in country model schools;
  3. Attached teachers holding “G scale” positions;
  4. Senior teachers in attached classes or units; and
  5. Resource and Regional Health School teachers pursuant to clause 3.6.2 to 3.6.6.

3.9.6 In schools where the total of entitlement and attached staffing is 21 FTTEs or less, Boards may designate no more than two teachers, holding permanent units, “deputy principal” or “assistant principal”. Where the total of entitlement and attached staffing exceeds 21 FTTEs, Boards may designate no more than three teachers, holding permanent units, “deputy principal” or “assistant principal”.

3.9.7 Subject to clause 3.9.6, teachers who have been designated by the Board “deputy principal” or “assistant principal” shall be paid at Q3 maximum on the base scale plus any units, of whatever type, allocated to them. Teachers designated by the Board “deputy principal” or “assistant principal” and who meet the criteria for Q3+, Q4 or Q5 (as defined in 3.3) shall be paid at Q3+ maximum plus any units, of whatever type, allocated to them.

3.9.8 Until 30 June 2020 teachers holding permanent units (including permanent additional units) shall be entitled to progress pursuant to clause 3.7, beyond their qualification maxima, to Q3 maximum of the base scale provided that:

  1. If they progress beyond their qualification maximum they will revert to their qualification maximum if their permanent unit(s) are lost through voluntary relinquishment or acceptance of a position without permanent units;
  2. If they subsequently regain permanent unit(s) they will receive an immediate base scale increment (if not already at Q3 maximum of the scale) and will become eligible for any further increment(s) due from the anniversary of that date.
  3. If on 30 June 2020 they have progressed to a step beyond the Q1 or Q2 maxima (as applicable) they will, on 1 July 2020 remain on the step they have progressed to and will continue to be eligible for any further increment(s) from their anniversary date until they reach the Q3 maximum of the base scale regardless of whether they retain their permanent unit(s) or not.

Note: Clause 3.9.8 is a transitional clause. The parties agree that clause 3.9.8 will be deleted when this collective agreement is renewed.

3.9.9 At the time of allocating a fixed term unit or units, the employer shall specify in writing the period of time for which the teacher shall be entitled to that fixed term unit or units, and the particular assignment or task to be undertaken for which the fixed term unit or units has been allocated.

3.9.10 The entitlement to that fixed term unit or units shall cease at the expiry of the specified period of time or on the completion of the specified assignment or task.

3.9.11 The employer may reallocate a fixed term unit or units to the same or another teacher for a further period of time or for a further particular assignment or task.

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