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Employee benefits at Goodstart

We're committed to supporting, recognising and rewarding our people. And we strive to do this in ways that matter and make a difference.

We're a large organisation with the reach to offer much more to our people.

We start with above award pay rates. And we provide the right tools, resources and training so our people can thrive in their roles.

Admin support, health care, retail and service benefits come as extra. And our culture has a focus on a good work-life balance. Discover the Goodstart difference.

We pay above-industry award rates

Our Teachers get wages on par with the state primary school system.

And we pay Educators above award rates. They recently got a pay rise of up to 7%.

As you continue to grow in your profession and in your career, more benefits will come. You'll enjoy opportunities for further salary 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. It 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:  You'll have flexible shifts and the option to purchase four weeks additional leave each year.
    • Health and wellbeing support: We offer two wellbeing days included in your personal leave each year so you can put yourself first. Enjoy discounts on Bupa private health insurance plus Goodlife and Fitness First memberships.
    • Great deals to save you money: Get cheaper lounge membership, car hire and accommodation when you travel. And you'll be able to access technology, mobile, fuel and retail discounts too.
    • We value our people, so we pay more:
      • Educators and Cooks receive at least 5% above the award rate.
      • We pay Teachers on par with state primary schools. Graduate Teachers receive an $80,000 starting salary.
      • Assistant Directors receive at least 7% above the award rate.
      • We pay Centre Directors 12% above award.
    • Tax benefits through salary packaging: A great way to pay for expenses with money from your salary before tax comes out. This reduces your taxable income. We partner with AccessPay for the service.
    • Comprehensive leave entitlements:  You'll get annual leave plus a broad range of other paid leave entitlements including: 
      • Personal / carer’s leave
      • Up to six weeks paid parental leave
      • 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 offer financial hardship support through Good Shepherd. They can offer no-interest loans towards rent and utilities.
    • Extra allowances: We reward those with more responsibility. This applies to Educational Leaders, Teacher Mentors, and Centre Directors who are also the nominated Teacher.
  • We recognise our people are critical to our success. So, we offer an independent, 24/7 counselling service. All Goodstarters and their immediate family can access our Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

    • Thrive program: Our program supports hundreds of Educators to study towards their Bachelor degrees.
    • Learn while you earn: We have partnerships with Registered Training Organisations. That's how we can offer options to gain Certificate and Diploma qualifications on the job.
    • Professional development days: We want our people to grow their knowledge, skills and experience. So, we offer professional development throughout the year. This allows Educators and centre support teams to stay informed on leading practices.

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