Casual and Temporary Teachers

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Federation negotiates changes to Beginning Teacher Support Funding Payments temporary teachers

Federation has long argued that beginning temporary teachers should be entitled to the beginning teacher funding support as they undertook the same work as permanent beginning teachers.

Negotiations took place between the Federation and the Department of Education (Department) following the changes to beginning teacher funding which came into effect in Term 2, 2016. These negotiations resulted in the changes to Beginning Teacher Support Funding being extended to eligible beginning temporary teachers as well as permanent beginning teachers requiring to be accredited at proficient. The funding for eligible beginning temporary teachers is in line with the first year for permanent beginning teachers, two hours additional release from face to face teaching, or equivalent, for the beginning teacher and an hour for the mentoring teacher.

Federation will continue to campaign for the conditions of casual and temporary teachers.

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Alignment of casual teacher pay periods

For many years casual teachers were paid on the alternate week to their temporary and permanent colleagues. From January, 2017 pay cycles for casual teachers will align with those of temporary and permanent teachers. This will result in a change to the pay cycle and pay day for casual teachers from the first pay period of 2017.

The following will apply to casual teachers from January 2017 when the new pay cycle begins:

  • From January 2017 pay periods will end on a Thursday and all approved claims will need to be submitted by close of business Friday,
  • If claims are submitted on time casual teachers will be paid the following Thursday - some teachers may receive their pay on Wednesday depending on their financial institutions, and
  • Late claims submissions (after close of business Friday and onwards) will not be guaranteed to make the normal pay run and this could affect the date the teacher is paid.

If  casual teachers have any concerns regarding claims which may have been submitted after close of business on the Friday of the pay cycle they should ring EDConnect on 1300 32 32 32.

Information about the changes should be communicated from the Department to casual teachers during December and January.

Click here for a full list of the casual teacher pay days for 2017.


Management Committee Meeting

Recently Federation had an inquiry concerning part time teachers’ access to mandatory training on School Development Days (SDD). Click here to view the response from the Department's Director, Industrial Relations.

There are specific references to temporary part time teachers and casuals.

Casual and Temporary Teachers Handbook

The Casual and Temporary Teachers Handbook, Federation’s guide for members working as casual or temporary teachers in NSW public schools, is currently being updated. Members seeking information in the meantime are advised to call Professional Support on the 1300 654 367.

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