Education: $1250 one-off payment – good news!

Posted on February 14, 2020

Congratulations to Together members who have ensured that you and your colleagues have secured the $1250 "one off payment" following the change in government wages policy in 2019. In good news this Valentine's Day we believe that you will be paid this money this month!

Please see a letter we have received today from Minister Grace in relation to the payment.

For members employed in the Department of Education in Education Head Office, Regional Offices and Schools we understand that your one-off payments will be in your pay on 26 February. There is a variation in the date of payment for members in OIR and other government departments. Stay tuned for final confirmation from the Agency.

Well done to you! Together members used your industrial power to shift the government's position on wages. You have secured the one-off payment and other benefits while maintaining the ability to fight for a fair percentage pay rise in 2020 and beyond. 

While we don't have the full 'rules' or FAQs about how the $1250 will be applied we have prepared a short fact sheet on what we do know about the payment and wages this year. You can see that here.

EB Drafting and Certification

We are continuing to work with the Department on finalising the full agreement terms and conditions and completing the process of “drafting” the new agreement. This is very important because until the new EB Agreement is fully drafted, and then you vote on that, the EB cannot be certified. It is only once the Agreement is certified by the Industrial Relations Commission that the new conditions you have won like the experienced officers allowance for AO2s in state schools, translation to the Health Practitioner Stream for therapists and Technical Stream for SOOs will occur. We are awaiting an updated draft from the Department and we hope to be able to send something out to you next week. We are expecting a staff ballot on the drafted Agreement in March.

Criminal History Checks for Public Servants – update and clarification

Following our last advice about Criminal History Checks for all public servants the Department's Recruitment Services Unit have provided an update and further clarification. Here are the Department's rules for Criminal History Checks in 2020:

A criminal history check is not required for;

  • current employees where there has been no change in their employment (or just because it has been over 2 years since their last clearance)
  • classroom teachers
  • classified teachers (Principals, Deputy Principals, HOD or HOSES)

A criminal history check will need to be initiated for an employee or applicant, for any duration of employment, who is;

  • recommended for engagement (permanent, temporary or casual) OR
  • is undertaking higher duties or is relieving at, below or above level AND
  • has not previously undergone a criminal history check with the department in the past 2 years.

Engagement with the department cannot commence until a cleared CHC outcome has been provided from the Recruitment Services Unit. However, current employees of the department can commence in temporary or relieving duties prior to receiving the outcome of a criminal history check (however, an outcome must be finalised within 3 months).

Community Education Counsellors

Members who are Community Education Counsellors – please look out for an update coming to you next week about your Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and progression process and also some important information about your rights to access leave. If you have any questions about this before next week please get in touch with our team at

1800 177 244