The Fair Work Commission has awarded an increase of 3.5% to apply from the beginning of the first pay period after 1 July 2018. The increase will be applied to all modern awards.
All enterprise agreement rates should be above the modern award rates and so employees on enterprise agreements will not benefit directly.
IEU members, particularly teachers in early childhood services, who are paid the modern award rate will be entitled to an increase to ensure their pay is above the new award rate.
Modern award rates are still well under prevailing industry enterprise agreement rates, so do not hesitate to ring the Union if you would like assistance in negotiating an enterprise agreement for your centre, school or post secondary college (ELICOS).