Support Staff in Schools' Collective Agreement
Variation to the Support Staff in Schools' Collective Agreement
This document includes the recent variation to the Support Staff in Schools' Collective Agreement that implements the settlement of the Teacher Aide Pay Equity Claim (TAPEC). The Settlement Agreement and the Variation Document can be accessed separately from the related documents below.
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Part 5 Expenses and Allowances
Support Staff in Schools' Collective Agreement
Effective 13 December 2019 to 6 February 2022
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5.1 Motor vehicle allowance
5.1.1 Employees required by their employer to use their own vehicles for school business shall be paid an allowance of $0.62 per kilometre.
5.2 Protective clothing
5.2.1 All employees required by their employer to wear protective clothing shall be provided with appropriate garments. The garments will be laundered at the employer’s expense. The clothing shall remain the property of the employer and shall be returned promptly where the employee ceases employment with the employer.
5.2.2 Where employees, in the course of their employment are expected to work in swimming pools assisting children with special needs, the employer shall meet the cost of swimwear up to a maximum of $75.00 per year upon production of receipts.
5.3 First aid allowance
5.3.1 Where an employee (excluding a nurse aide or a nurse) holds a current first aid certificate or recognised nursing qualification and is a designated first aider in the school, such an employee shall be paid an allowance of $0.35 per hour. The employer shall meet the cost (up to a maximum of $160.00) of obtaining and renewing a first aid certificate from a recognised provider for a designated first aider.
5.4 Tiaki allowance
5.4.1 Where an employee, other than an employee who routinely undertakes work set out in the Teacher Aide Work Matrix Table, whether designated as a Teacher Aide or not, is required to clean up a student soiled with vomit, excreta, urine or blood (other than blood associated with minor cuts and abrasions and minor nose bleeds) in the course of her/his duties, she/he shall be paid an allowance of $3.85 per day or part thereof.
5.4.2 Where an employee is required to clean up a student soiled with other forms of body fluids, the allowance shall be payable at the employer’s discretion.
5.4.3 This allowance shall be payable for no more than one attendance to such duties per day.
5.4.4 From 12 February 2020, where an employee who routinely undertakes work set out in the Teacher Aide Work Matrix Table, whether designated as a Teacher Aide or not, is required to provide personal care by cleaning up a student soiled with vomit, excreta, urine or blood (other than blood associated with minor cuts and abrasions and minor nose bleeds), the employee shall be paid one of the following two allowances:
- where the personal care is required as part of the employee’s ongoing responsibilities and occurs at least once per day or five times in any week, the employee shall be paid an hourly allowance at the rate of 10% of step 5 of Grade B-C.
- where the personal care is required in the course of the employee’s duties on an occasional or one-off basis, the employee shall be paid an allowance of $4.81 per incident to a maximum payable of once per day.
5.4.5 No employee will receive more than one Tiaki allowance at any point in time.
Note: The hourly allowance in 5.4.4(a) shall be paid for all hours worked, regardless of whether cleaning of bodily fluids is actually required. For example, it is payable when a child requiring personal care is absent so the employee in receipt of the allowance does not have to perform this work.
Note: From 12 February 2020 the Tiaki allowance set out in clause 5.4.4(a) is set at $2.59 per hour. From 27 November 2020 the allowance will increase to $2.67 per hour.
5.5 Work during school trips and school camps
5.5.1 For any school camp or trip, where the employee is required to be in attendance (including staying overnight) the employee is not entitled to overtime under clause 2.7 but will be paid at the minimum adult wage rate for any hours worked between 6pm and 8am.
Note: For avoidance of doubt, these hours must be paid whether or not the employee is required by circumstance to be awake in the night.
5.5.2 By mutual agreement, time in lieu may be substituted.
5.6 Meal allowance
An employee who has been directed to work not less than two hours overtime and who has had to buy a meal which would not otherwise have been bought, shall either be provided with a suitable meal by the employer or shall be paid a meal allowance of $12.85.