Queensland teachers to be best paid under new inflation-busting government offer

Nick Gibbs |

Queensland teachers will be among the highest paid in the country under the latest offer put forward by the state government.

Consecutive pay rises of four per cent over the next two years, then three per cent the year after, are on the table, as well as a cost-of-living bonus.

The extra incentive is designed to tackle rising inflation, and is pegged against the consumer price index of the preceding year.

A one-off payment, equal to the difference between the CPI increase and base wage increase, will be paid to all employees under the offer.

The lump sum payments will be capped at three per cent.

“”This is an offer that includes some of the highest pay increases and best working conditions for teachers in Australia,” Education Minister Grace Grace said in a statement.

“We are always keen to recruit more of the brightest minds to educate our youngest Queenslanders, particularly to remote and regional areas where we know it can be more challenging to fill vacancies.”

It’s a better deal than the three per cent pay rise prompting teacher strikes in NSW, as well as the 2 per cent annual increase accepted in Victoria.

The three-year offer comes after 16 weeks of negotiations, and the new rates will apply from July 1 should they be accepted.

The Queensland Teachers Union has recommended accepting the offer, with voting to close on July 29. 

“These increases will result in Queensland beginning teachers .. becoming the highest paid in the country,” the union said in a message to members earlier this month.