Salary Package Information


Salary packages come in all shapes and sizes. 

Employers be up front and detailed about your job description.  Make sure the jobseeker goes in with their eyes open.  You are paying a person to be a role model and responsible for you children.  If you can afford to pay more than a good wage go for it.  

Jobseekers you are accepting a job position based on the description including the salary package and should put all your effort into meeting those requirements.   Before accepting email loads of questions, write notes on phone calls and ask for a written description of the job and salary or copy the job advert.  
Governesses getting a recommended wage should be putting in 100%.  A fair days pay for a fair days work.


I remind all employers of a saying from my father and a past boss... If you pay peanuts you will get monkeys... and they will be jaded monkeys once they start doing research on fair pay. 

 

A jobseekers have costs and bills they must meet including ,but not exclusive, car repayments, insurance, tax, superannuation, etc. If they are not being paid mid term holidays and are receiving a low wage then it can be tough and often they can't afford to return to a second year of governessing.  If they don't receive enough money in the hand sometimes the extras just don't make it up.

It is HARD to find jobseekers when you are not paying a fair wage.  

 

It is HARD to employ a governess that doesn't put in a fair day's effort.


EDITED 18 November 2016

  • Package Value – Value of Gross Salary plus Fringe Benefits and extra

  • Gross Salary – the gross amount of money they receive in their bank account. 

  • Fringe Benefit – an extra received each week adding value on top of the gross salary

  • Keep or board – accommodation, utilities and basic groceries provided.


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WHAT SHOULD I BE PAYING?

 

This is an age old question which I have been asked many times.  There is no right answer. It depends on the number of children, jobseeker experience, what extras will employers provide, hours worked and a whole lot of other variables. When developing the below information I have tried to take into account the In Home Care regulations. 


Our Recommendation:

 

We recommend ALL POSITIONS SHOULD BE PAYING A MINIMUM GROSS SALARY of $600 for a 40 hour week which includes prep and feedback time.  On top of this figure will be board/keep and any fringe benefits which you can supply.   ABN positions should be approximately $100 more as they will need to pay their own tax, superannuation and public liability each year.

 

These figures are the GROSS WAGE not including KEEP and EXTRAS for an 8 hour day5 days a week. 

Employer pays taxation, public liabitlity, workers compensation and superannuation

 

Our recommendation is for a wage earner is starting from $600 and above.

 

 

These figures are the GROSS WAGE not including KEEP and EXTRAS for an 8 hour day5 days a week. 

Governess pays public liability ($500pa, $14pw), taxation ($50pw) and superannuation (9.6% $50pw). 

Employer pays workers compensation

Our recommendation is for a wage earner is starting from $650 and above. 
For 3 or more children a gross wage of $750 plus.

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2016 gross wages as advertised on the JobBoard range between $600 to $950 for 1 to 3 children for a 40 to 50 hour week.  Many have fringe benefits on top of this figure increasing the value of the package.


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Governess Australia recommends paying at least 4 to 6 weeks of holidays per year at some rate of pay. 

AND/OR offering a bonus for staying to the end of year.

 

Most employers pay up to 5-6 weeks holidays through out the employment period from late January to early December.  Holiday pay can depend on the employer’s situation.

 

Salary options for school holidays

Employers pay from the start of employment in January to the end of employment in early December. There are several options below for paying through school holidays, with the majority of employers providing some form of payment during the term breaks.

Possible Holiday Options

Option 1: School Holidays will be paid at 75 or 50% of Weekly Salary or IHC part.

Option 2: School Holidays will be unpaid.

Option 3: School Holidays will be paid.

Option 4: 6 weeks School Holidays are paid. (This may be paid as a lump sum at the end of year)

Option 5: End of year bonus will be paid for employers staying to the end of year.

Option 6: School Holidays will be paid at a full rate if worked or negotiated rate for taking time off. 

 

In Home Care or ABN contractors

Parents and Carers can elect to pay holidays as absences; children can have up to 45 absent days in a 12 month period.  All you need to do is fill in timesheets with an A for absent for each child and parent initials next to it on the timesheet.

 

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Other Facts:
  • Minimum wage for children’s services is $583 according to the Children’s Services Award on Fair Work Australia. THIS IS FOR A WAGE EARNER NOT AN ABN CONTRACTOR POSITION
  • The national minimum wage is $569.90 per week, calculated on the basis of a week of 38 ordinary hours, or $15 per hour according to Fair Work Australia.

  • Often outback properties can offer fringe benefits or extras for little cost to themselves... this is great but for the governess to meet her personal costs which needs to be paid out of money (eg car loan, car expenses, phone, internet, save money, public liability and income protection insurance, etc.) she would need to get at least the recommendation.

  • I realise not all employers can meet these targets and all I ask is to do your best.  Be honest with your job descriptions so as to not deceive the jobseeker.  Jobseekers must willing to put in the same effort and flexibility.  This is not just a job not a working holiday. 


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FRINGE BENEFITS KEEP

 

 According to the Award keep in QLD is rated at $113 per week in 2013.

  • KEEP: Accommodation, Water, Gas & Electricity:  what is its value? 
    • Caravan, flat, donga or 1 room facility : $20 per week
    • Cottage or House - not shared: $40 per week
  • KEEP: Food: what is the value? 
    • What does it cost to feed one person per week?
    • Is the employer supplying all or only some food?
    • Is the governess cooking or the employer?
    • What about cleaning products?  Will you reimburse dockets or supply? 
    • Have you considered doing up a master shopping list of what you will supply?
    • If governesses are supplying part or all food themselves have you paid them extra to cover keep?
    • Many employers reimburse shopping dockets and will take off items they feel is consider a treat.
    • Be clear on this topic.
  • Potential Pay or Supply Options
    • Employer reimbursed docket for all cleaning products, main meal and healthy snack foods
    • Employer cooked 2 meals week days
    • Supply or reimburse - basic food and cleaning products (Vege, meat, all ingredients to make breakfast, lunch and tea, house cleaning products)
    • Supply meat grown on the station, vege, milk and bread deal (they pay for everything else)
    • Meals (morning tea and dinner) at main house
    • Meals according to arrangements negotiated

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HOW TO VALUE YOUR FRINGE BENEFITS other EXTRAS

Internet: 

Many families provide free internet usage in the schoolroom.

Possible options

  1. Internet and computer in schoolroom

  2. Limited Internet and computer in schoolroom

  3. Access to wireless internet for a small fee eg $20 a month

  4. Telstra Mobile Reception – BYO Wireless modem

Phone: 

Many employers are on set rate plans for both local and long distance and provide those free. 

Possible Options

  1. Phone (local calls and rental) – you pay long distance
  2. Phone within reason (will be discussed further on employment)
  3. All phone calls
  4. Telstra Mobile Reception – Blue tick phone encouraged
  5. Putting in a Telstra Smart Antenna to get mobile reception around house and governess uses own mobile.

Fuel:

 

On the subject of fuel I have experienced all situations.  Many employers can claim fuel and are more than happy to provide it for free. 

 

Possible Options

  1. No fuel supplied

  2. Fuel supplied for school events with the children in the car.

  3. Fuel supplied for school events with or without transporting the children.

  4. Fuel supplied from station pump every time leaving the station for social or work purposes.

  5. Fuel supplied at a reduced rate per litre to pump price.

  6. 200L drum of fuel supplied per term for social purposes.

  7. Tank of fuel supplied when leaving for term holidays.

These things can make a huge difference to a governesses expenses living in a remote location.  They don’t have a value in the Salary Package but they need to be taken into account for a jobseeker.

 

 

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TERMS: Hours of work? Flexibility?

 

We recommend that the average we is 40 hours based on an 8 hour day.   This includes other jobs or tasks performed at the employers request, not just contact hours with the child.  It does not include help with dishes or cleaning tables and other common curtesy jobs when an employer provides a meal or a treat.

 

Governesses working over 8 contact hours with the children will not be as fresh each day and may as the year goes on get tired and struggle with their position. Feedback and preparation will take about 60-90 minutes a day usually a governess will arrive in the schoolroom a 20-30 minutes for the day starts and leave after feedback/preparation is finished.


No matter how much we love our work family it is important for everyone to have space to remain fresh.
  Both parties need to give each other the space they need but still enjoy the unique relationship that they have.

 

All governesses need to be FLEXIBLE and be prepared to care for the children in emergency or non regular situations. However, if something is happening on a weekly or fortnightly basis then it needs to be included in the Job Description.  

Non regular or emergency situations may include medical situations and annual station activities not performed each month or week.

 

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TERMS: What does their job entail?

Is it mainly supervision in the schoolroom and preparation work for that OR do you require some care after school hours with bathing, etc.  Does it require gardening, cooking, help on property?   

 

Once again … DOES IT REQUIRE MORE THAN 8 to 9 hours of duty? Remember as a governess you need to be flexible.

 

The more jobs you have outside the 8 hour school day the more fringe benefits you cancel out.  Personally after 15 years of governessing and childcare work I have no problems doing outside work as long as it specified at the start of employment what I am expected to do on a weekly / daily basis.  I am happy to fill in gaps.


 

Please remember In Home Care (IHC) has regulations which needs to be followed and your local IHC can give you more information about this.  The educator is there to care for the children and this could include washing, cleaning and cooking for the children but does not cover doing these jobs for other adults or jobs outside the care of the children.  

 

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SALARY EXAMPLE DIAGRAMS

EXAMPLE OPTION 1 (for people on wages)

 

Salary Package Valued at $700

 

* Gross Pay per week       $ 600.00

 

* KEEP provided by employer valued at $100 per week

·         Accommodation & Electricity

·         Phone

·         Internet and computer in schoolroom

·         Meals according to arrangements negotiated – Options 3, 4 or 6 available

 

* HOLIDAY  Options

Option 1: School Holidays will be paid at 75% of Weekly Salary.

Option 4: 6 weeks School Holidays are paid. (This may be paid as a lump sum at the end of year)

 

 EXTRAS:

* Internet Options

            Option 1: Internet & Computer Free in schoolroom

* Phone Options

           Option 4: Telstra Mobile Reception – BYO Wireless modem

* Fuel

            Option 2: Fuel supplied for school events with the children in the car.

            Option 7: Tank of fuel supplied when leaving for term holidays.

 

 

EXAMPLE OPTION 2 (for people on contract with own ABN)

 

 We will be employing you through the In Home Care scheme.  We will support you with information about this upon application.

 

Salary Package Valued at $800

 

 * Gross Pay per week       $ 700.00

 

* KEEP provided by employer valued at $100 per week

·         Accommodation & Electricity

·         Phone

·         Internet and computer in schoolroom

·         Meals according to arrangements negotiated; options 1, 2 or 5

 

* Pay own TAX, workcover superannuation and Public Liability Insurance valued at $100

·         in accordance with In Home Care regulations

·         Copy of Public Liability Insurance needed

 

* HOLIDAY  Options

Option 3: School Holidays will be paid.

 

 EXTRAS:

* Internet Options

            Option 1: Internet & Computer Free in schoolroom

* Phone Options

            Option 4: Telstra Mobile Reception – BYO Wireless modem

* Fuel

            Option 2: Fuel supplied for school events with the children in the car.

            Option 7: Tank of fuel supplied when leaving for term holidays.

 

 

OPTION 3

Good wage by Governess Australia standards. More information on application and negotiable according to experience.

 

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SAMPLE OF A JOB DESCRIPTION and CONTRACT

Use this document to make your own…
GovAust Agreement - Duty Statement - Contract - Guidelines for a In Home Carer or Governess


COMMENTS FROM PUBLIC

It is funny but the truth is that most of us are waiting for pay day to get our salary.

 

My how times have changed in the governess world!
In 1987 I was a governess outside of Cunnamulla.
Despite being one of 11 first year graduates of the TAFE Governess/Tutor Course who were considered to be the highest qualified at the time(other than graduated teachers of course)my wage was $98/week. 
This came with no car and of course no internet, but did come with the use of the wind up party line phone when needed, board and food.
On consideration, I'm thinking that part of the course probably should have been on wage negotiation! ;)
I truly am glad that conditions have changed so very much for you all today. I look back at my time as a governess with joy and appreciation. I hope that one day you too will have such fond memories.
Cheers,
Narelle

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