EB11: What's on offer for Department of Education nurses?

Published: 26 July 2022
 
 
We are pleased to report the QNMU has been able to secure some significant improvements for Department of Education (DoE) nurses in your next enterprise agreement – EB11.
  
As you know, DoE nurses are covered by the same agreement as Queensland Health (QH) nurses and midwives, meaning you will receive the same improved wages. 
  
Negotiations have nearly concluded and your QNMU member and official representatives have worked hard to secure the following improvements:
  

Improved wages offer and cost of living payments

  
The wages offer is up from 2.5% per year (the original government wages policy) to 4% for the first year of the agreement, 4% for the second year and 3% for the third year. However, these amounts will be topped up to the cost of living if inflation is higher than the wage increase at the end of each year. 
  
This cost of living top up payment would be a lump sum equal to the difference between the inflation rate and the base wage increase for that year, up to a maximum of 3%. The inflation rate would be measured in the 12 months to the end of March each year for the Brisbane region. 
  
For example, if the inflation rate is 7% at the end of March next year, you would receive your 4% increase to your base wages, as well as the equivalent of 3% of your base wage as a lump sum payment. This would not form part of your ongoing wage rate.
  
This would ensure your wages keep up with inflation.
  
Note: these top up payments will be paid at the end of March each year for the life of the agreement (up until March 2025).
  
The table below shows the increases DoE nurses would receive at a range of classifications on the new wages offer, as well as if inflation were to reach 7% at the end of March 2023:



Please note that based on the current offer, the increases to your base wages would be paid on wages and allowances from 1 April each year, with the increase for this year back paid to 1 April 2022. 

Other significant improvements for DoE nurses
  • Review of the Allocative Model, with a view to accounting for growth and travel time.
  • Development of a Clinical Governance Framework.
  • Review of the State Schools Nursing Service Practice Guideline, to commence within three months.
  • Evaluate the Senior Nurse Manager position with reference to the Generic Level Statements that apply in QH.
  • Consideration given to establishing a Nurse Grade 6.2 - Associate Clinical Nurse Consultant position.

 

Superannuation

  
Outside of enterprise bargaining, the state government has also committed to improving superannuation for Queensland public sector employees in a couple of ways. Importantly, this includes changing the way it pays employer contributions.
  
Under the new proposal, employer superannuation contributions will be calculated on your Ordinary Time Earnings, including your shift and weekend penalties. This will make a big difference to members who work shift work.
  
The government has also committed to paying 12.75% superannuation contributions on earnings for all public sector employees. This will no longer be contingent on employees contributing 5% of their earnings as it is now. Members can continue to contribute 5% to their superannuation or put this back in their pockets if they choose. They could also decide to contribute any amount themselves as long as they don’t exceed the superannuation annual threshold.
  
Members should seek financial advice about how these changes will impact their personal circumstances. We are currently seeking information from the Queensland Government about when these changes will take effect and will update members once we have confirmed time frames. 

What happens now?

  
Following a meeting with DoE QNMU members last week, as well as branch meetings for QH members over the past few weeks, the majority of members have endorsed this in-principle offer from the DoE and QH.
  
The DoE and QH will finalise drafting the agreement. It will then be provided to all employees to whom the agreement will apply and you will have access to it for two weeks, before then being asked to vote. 
  
If a majority of those voting vote yes, the agreement will go on to be certified by the Industrial Relations Commission. 
  
Keep an eye on your emails or visit www.qnmu.org.au/EB11 for all the latest updates.
  
Thank you to the QNMU’s wonderful member representatives for your active participation in these negotiations. The QNMU is most powerful when members are active, informed and engaged.