The proposed enterprise agreements provide for a new procedure for progress from phase 2.5 to level 3.1 from March 2021. The VECTEA agreement is an important enterprise agreement that governs the sector sector of the Victorian community. The Early Childhood Teachers Validation Process allows early childhood teachers to: who are employed in the Victorian Early Childhood Teachers and Educators Agreement 2016 (VECTEA) and the Early Education Employees Agreement 2016 (EEASA) to carry out a salary progression procedure that includes an independent evaluation to “validate” or support the reclassification of Level 2.5 to Level 3.1. The ability of employers to address underperformance issues has been successfully negotiated by the ELAA, which ensures that employers can extend the trial period for workers to six months under the proposed agreement, which also allows the employer to formally manage benefit issues. In recent discussions, the ELAA stated that the proposed agreement “focuses on quality outcomes for the early childhood sector, improving the salaries and conditions of teachers and educators and giving employers greater capacity to manage their workforce.” The current validation process, as defined in the VECTEA in 2016 and in the EEA in 2016, will continue to apply during this transitional period, with some new administrative provisions, as outlined below. ELAA agreed on substantial improvements for teachers and educators, “recognizing the importance of maintaining and attracting quality staff and thus supporting the dedicated work of service providers at an early age.” The highlights of the 2016 negotiations the last time the agreement was reached, as found by the AEU, included an annual salary increase of 3 per cent, 15 days off for co-educators and pay parity with teachers at the higher level of early childhood teachers (representing an additional 13 per cent) and pay parity with teachers at the lower level of early childhood teachers (equivalent to an additional 8 per cent). Eligible teachers who have filed a letter of intent by December 18, 2020 have until February 28, 2021 to file their validation application. Once the validation application is filed, the evaluation procedure will be implemented in accordance with the provisions of VECTEA 2016 and EEAS 2016. The process of creating new enterprise agreements for early childhood is well advanced. However, a number of measures still need to be taken before the new agreements are completed. ELAA believes that the proposed VECTEA offers a balanced approach for teachers, educators and early childhood providers, according to a statement from the association, which states that the proposed agreement is now reached by the government with regard to adequate funding.

If you are in early childhood or kindergarten. VETASSESS offers a validation service that will help you reclassify your role. Pre-school service providers are required to provide eligible teachers with access to the early childhood teacher validation process. Eligible teachers who wish to validate under the provisions of VECTEA 2016 and the EEA 2016 must submit their “letter of intent” by 18 December 2020. If enterprise agreements were to be approved by the Fair Work Commission (after an employee vote to support the proposed agreement),teachers will no longer need validation for teachers to move from level 2.5 to level 3.1 for teachers. by Peter Goss, Grattan Institute and Julie Sonnemann, Grattan Institute The new progression procedure applies from 1 February 2022. Among the main features highlighted by the association are: the department will confirm receipt of the letter of intent within five working days, ensure that the teacher will receive a validation model and inform the teacher of where to file his validation application.