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Employee benefits at Goodstart

We're committed to supporting, recognising and rewarding our people in ways that really matter.

From the right tools, resources and training, to extras like admin support, health care, retail and service benefits as well as a good work-life balance, Goodstart has the reach to offer much more to our people than most other early learning employers.

We pay above-industry award rates

Our Teachers are paid wages that are on par with the state primary school system. 

Our Educators are paid above award wage rates, and recently received wage increases of up to 7%.

As you continue to grow in your profession and in your career you will enjoy opportunities for further remuneration increases.

Meet some of our team and learn more about why people choose to work at Goodstart.

Employee Benefits at Goodstart

  • Our Enterprise Agreement was approved by the Fair Work Commission and covers our centre employees, so you can be confident our pay and conditions are locked in. 

    • Early learning and care discounts:  receive up to 50% off your childcare gap fees (with no impact on your Child Care Subsidy rate).
    • Flexible work options:  Flexible shifts and the option to purchase four weeks additional leave each year.
    • Health and wellbeing support: Two wellbeing days included in your personal leave each year so you can put yourself first and discounts on private health insurance with Bupa and memberships with Goodlife Health Clubs and Fitness First.
    • Great deals to save you money: We offer you travel discounts including lounge membership, car hire and accommodation as well as awesome technology, mobile, fuel and retail discounts to save you every day!
    • We truly value you - that’s why we pay more:
      • Educators and Cooks receive at least 5% above the award rate 
      • Teachers are paid on par with state primary schools and Graduate Teachers receive an $80,000 starting salary
      • Assistant Directors receive at least 7% above the award rate
      • Centre Directors receive 12% above the award rate 
    • Tax benefits through salary packaging: We partner with AccessPay – a great way to pay for expenses with money from your salary before tax is taken out.
    • Comprehensive leave entitlements:  In addition to annual leave, Goodstart offers a broad range of paid leave entitlements including: 
      • Personal / carer’s leave
      • 4 weeks Paid parental leave (increasing to 6 weeks in December 2023)
      • Compassionate leave
      • Community service leave
      • Ceremonial leave
      • Domestic violence leave

    You may also be eligible for other types of leave, such as study leave and leave without pay.

    • Financial support when you need it most: We have partnered with Good Shepherd who provide financial hardship support and no-interest loans towards rent and utilities.
    • Extra allowances: We believe extra responsibility should be rewarded. So, we offer additional allowances for our nominated Educational Leaders, Teacher Mentors, and those Centre Directors who are also the nominated Teacher.
  • Employee Assistance: At Goodstart, we recognise our people are critical to our success. Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all Goodstarters and their immediate family members. This free independent counselling service is available 24/7.

    • Thrive program: Our program supports hundreds of educators to study towards their Bachelor degrees
    • Learn while you earn: We provide options to gain Certificate and Diploma qualifications in Early Childhood Education and Care through our partnerships with Registered Training Organisations
    • Professional development days: We encourage our educators and centre support team members to continuously learn and grow their skills and experience. We offer professional development opportunities throughout the year to keep up to date on leading-edge practices

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