About the Re-introduction of a 100% Qualified Teacher Funding Rate Band

19 May 2020

 

The re-introduction of a 100% qualified teacher funding band is good news for centres that currently have a fully qualified staff within the regulated staffing ratio.

However, there are a couple of outstanding issues:

  1. There is no requirement that centres must employ or work toward 100% qualified certificated teachers or even 80%.
  2. There is still a higher funding rate table for some centres (kindergartens) that the government supports to provide pay parity to their teachers and a lower one for all other education and care centres. 

The amount difference between the 100% and the 80 – 99% rates from 1 January is not significant. For example, for under-2s a centre will get 32 cents extra an hour on the 100% rate compared to the 80% rate.  Multiple 32 cents by the maximum ratio infants (5) per teacher and that equals a maximum of an extra $1.60 an hour for employing 100% qualified in an under-2s centre.  

What you need to know

  • Maintaining 100% and not slipping to 99% can be very difficult for centres.
  • Teachers counted in the staff head count need to be present with children and not engaged in other tasks such as cleaning and office work.  
  • Unqualified staff and students can still be employed, but are not counted within the minimum adult-child regulated ratio for funding purposes.
  • Practising certificates held by staff must be 'full', 'provisional' or ‘subject to confirmation’ – or staff must have a letter from the Teaching Council saying that certification has been approved.
  • It is suggested that services maintain a list of certificated relievers who are available when certificated teachers are absent or become ill during the day.
  • Discretionary hours are 40 per funding period. 
  • Breaks/absences of 15 minutes or more must be recorded on the Staff Record to maintain transparency and may be counted as one discretionary hour. 

 

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