Make Your Vote Count - SSO, AEW, ECW

24 March 2016

The South Australian School and Preschool Education Staff Enterprise Agreement will shortly go out to ballot for a vote. The Public Service Association (PSA) has been advised that Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) are finalising the proposed Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA). Once the proposed EBA is finalised, the process of ballot will commence.

The PSA has been setting up meetings at schools explaining the key points of the Government offer and informing members of the changes.

The following are a summary of some of the improvements included in the offer:

      • Three x 2.5% salary increase: first full pay period on or after 1 October 2015, 1 October 2016, and 1 October 2017

      • Strengthening the current Workload Monitoring Group and naming it Workload Management Group – the group will have a stronger focus on SSO workloads and have the ability to make recommendations to the Chief Executive

      • Introduction of a new Work Health and Safety clause – provides better protection for individuals and or groups around excessive workloads

      • Establishment of new work level definitions and replace position information documents for SSOs, with a review of ECWs and AEWs to follow. Part of this will also include a review of the current reclassification process

      • Annual increases to on call and recall allowances

      • Toileting allowance of $500 per annum for SSOs and ECWs who have the primary responsibility for toileting care to a student with a recognised incontinence plan

      • A review of the Personnel Advisory Committee (PAC) handbook and PAC training

      • Introduction of a new Paid Partner Leave clause – up to one calendar week of accrued sick leave can be accessed on the birth or adoption of a child/ren for whom the employee has direct parental care responsibility

      • Improvements to Special Leave with Pay and Domestic Violence Leave


The PSA has been made aware that a number of schools are of the belief that the Government offer has already been accepted. This is not correct. A ballot from the Government has not yet been made available for voting.

It is imperative that PSA members vote when the ballot is available.

If you would like the PSA to arrange a visit to your school and discuss the new government offer, please contact the PSA.