Principal classification: union seeks upgrade

Maurie Mulheron
President

Federation opposes a principal classification structure based on school budgets because principals are educational leaders and their role extends beyond financial management

At the time of writing, Federation and the Department are close to finalising arrangements for the implementation of the new principal classification structure for 2016.

This change to the way principal salaries are determined was included in the settlement for the current salaries and conditions award.

As soon as possible, Federation will communicate the outcome of current negotiations with the Department to all members via email and the website.

Members are reminded that Federation neither sought nor supports the use of the school Resource Allocation Model (RAM) as the means of determining principal salaries.

As stated in the Salaries for School Principals Industrial Bulletin (September 16), Federation opposes a principal classification structure based on school budgets because principals are educational leaders and their role extends beyond financial management. Federation argues that the complexity of schools would be better addressed by providing additional executive release time as well as more teaching and support staff.

In the last round of salaries negotiations, the Department rejected Federation’s arguments and insisted on including a budget-based principal classification in the award.

It has been made clear to the Department that Federation will be seeking a return to a student enrolment-based classification structure in the next award.