CEWA EBA Negotiations

The current Enterprise Bargaining Agreements for teaching and non-teaching staff have officially expired, and negotiations for replacement agreements commenced earlier this year with the Independent Education Union.

Open, transparent and accurate communication is an important foundation of any bargaining process. With that in mind, this portal is intended to be the communications platform for staff across the whole Catholic education system. It includes vital background information on the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements and bargaining process, as well as regular updates on the negotiations.

Feedback is most welcome and can be provided to the EBA Consultative Committee via the following address: employmentrelations@cewa.edu.au


The current Enterprise Bargaining Agreements for teaching and non-teaching staff have officially expired, and negotiations for replacement agreements commenced earlier this year with the Independent Education Union.

Open, transparent and accurate communication is an important foundation of any bargaining process. With that in mind, this portal is intended to be the communications platform for staff across the whole Catholic education system. It includes vital background information on the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements and bargaining process, as well as regular updates on the negotiations.

Feedback is most welcome and can be provided to the EBA Consultative Committee via the following address: employmentrelations@cewa.edu.au


  • EBA Negotiations – Salary Increases for Teachers

    21 May, 2019

    Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) employers are continuing to bargain with the Independent Education Union of Australia, WA Branch (IEU) to ensure the valuable contribution of our employees is acknowledged.

    Since March 2018 CEWA has endeavoured to engage with the IEU to commence formal negotiations for replacement Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBAs). The IEU has not yet presented a log of claims.

    In October 2018, a determination was made by the EBA Consultative Committee, which represents the employers, to implement a salary increase of $1,000 per annum (pro-rata for part-time staff) back-paid to 6 December 2017 for all current teaching staff and staff in leadership positions. This was the same salary increase that Department of Education teachers received in their last negotiations.

    Department of Education teachers also received a further salary increase of $1,000 per annum on 6 December 2018. Given the IEU has still not presented its log of claims, the EBA Consultative Committee has made a determination that the December 2018 increase should be passed on to Catholic teachers, regardless of the fact that salary increases are normally a matter for EBA negotiations.

    I am pleased to advise that the $1,000 per annum (pro rata for part-time staff) salary increase will be back-paid to 6 December 2018 for all current teaching staff and staff in leadership positions.

    This salary increase acknowledges the excellent work our teachers do in providing outstanding Catholic education in our schools and colleges across Western Australia.

    The pay increase will be processed for all current teaching and leadership staff as soon as possible.

    If you have any questions regarding this update, or the EBA negotiations, I encourage you to discuss this with your school Principal.

    I thank you for your continued service and will keep you updated on EBA negotiations.

    Yours sincerely

    Dr Debra Sayce
    Executive Director


  • Salary Increases for Teachers

    20 August, 2018

    In acknowledging the contribution that employees in our schools and offices make to providing Catholic schools of excellence right across Western Australia, Catholic Education Western Australia is committed to negotiations that relate to the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement for teaching and non-teaching staff.

    I am writing to you today to provide an update on the progress of these negotiations as well as to advise of an important decision that recognises Catholic Education Western Australia’s commitment to its employees.

    As you may know, the Teachers’ Enterprise Bargaining Agreement expired on 31 December 2017, and the Non-Teaching Staff Enterprise Bargaining Agreement expired on 31 December 2016.

    Accordingly, the Independent Education Union of Australia, WA Branch (IEU) initiated bargaining with Catholic Education Western Australia employers in March this year, for both teaching and non-teaching staff.

    Since then, there have been attempts to engage with the IEU to commence formal negotiations for replacement enterprise bargaining agreements (EBAs). At this time, it appears the IEU is delaying entering into formal negotiations.

    Catholic school employers are aware that teachers have not had a pay increase since December 2017 when the last EBA expired. Salary increases are normally a matter for the EBA negotiations.

    However, with the end of the year approaching I have discussed this important matter with the EBA Consultative Committee, which represents Catholic school employers in the EBA negotiations. Together, a decision has been taken to implement a salary increase for teachers of $1,000 (pro-rata for part-time staff). This will be back paid to 6 December 2017 for all current teaching staff and leadership positions. This is the same salary increase that Department of Education teachers received in their last negotiations.

    Collectively we feel this salary increase will acknowledge the excellent work our teachers do in our Catholic schools and colleges, and ensures you are not disadvantaged.

    The pay increase will be processed for all current teaching and leadership staff as soon as possible.

    If you have any questions regarding this memo, or the EBA negotiations, I encourage you to discuss this with your school Principal. I also invite you to visit this CEWA Connect page to remain updated on the EBA negotiations and to find information of importance to employees in relation to the negotiations.

    I thank you for your continued service to Catholic Education Western Australia and I look forward to providing further communications on matters of importance to employees.

    Yours sincerely

    Dr Debra Sayce

    Acting Executive Director