Relief Teacher Pay ACT

Relief Teacher PayRelief Teacher Pay ACT


Relief Teacher Pay ACT comes after application.

Applications for relief teaching employment are welcomed throughout the year. Approvals are granted for a year (1 April to 31 March the following year) and must be renewed each year.

General Information

All teachers seeking casual and relief teacher employment must comply with Directorate approval requirements before commencing teaching. This involves

  • providing proof of current ACT teacher registration,
  • providing proof of current Working with Vulnerable People Check registration,
  • providing certain documents, and
  • possibly attending an interview.

The documents required are listed in the application form and all completed documents must be provided before the approval process can proceed.

For recognition of prior service please read the information relating to teaching qualifications and Statements of Service from previous employers and submit all relevant additional documentation.

All required supporting documents must be certified true copies.

Relief Teacher Pay ACT - Casual Salary

As at May 2016 CT1 rate is $333 per day. CT2 rate is $379 per day.

Casual teacher rate 2 will be paid to teachers who:

(a) if eligible to be employed on long term contract or as a permanent teacher would be entitled to payment at top of the classroom teacher salary scale;

(b) have been employed at the top of the classroom teacher scale or in a promotions position in an ACT Government public school or equivalent; or

(c) have completed the equivalent of seven years recognised full time service.

Casual teacher rate 1 will be paid to casual teachers other than those paid in accordance with subclause N1.6.

Salary is paid at a daily (or hourly) rate, depending on qualifications status and years of completed teaching experience. Please see the Directorate’s current ACT ETD (Teaching Staff) Enterprise Agreement at Employment Agreements

The daily and hourly rates of pay represent total entitlements in relation to casual employment except for the possibility of the accrual of a long service leave entitlement (all periods of employment accumulate to count towards eligibility for long service leave purposes, provided there is no break in service of greater than 12 months), and a minimum 9 percent superannuation benefit. Teachers paid at casual rates do not have entitlement to personal leave, maternity leave, recreation leave, stand-down with pay or to payment for public holidays.

Teacher Registration – ACT Teacher Quality Institute

The ACT Government has established the Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) under the Teacher Quality National Partnership to enhance the standing of the teaching profession in the ACT. Under the provisions of the ACT Teacher Quality Institute Act 2010, TQI has responsibility to register or grant permission to teach to all ACT teachers. All other states and the Northern Territory have a similar teacher regulatory body and require teachers to be registered or accredited with this body. Further details about registering

 Approval Process

Step 1: Register with Office of Regulatory Services

Step 2: Register with Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) website.

Step 3: Once you have received TQI registration you will need to submit an application for employment.

If you:

  • have not previously worked with the Directorate or
  • have not worked with the Directorate for a period of three years, please complete the below application package.
  • Application for Employment as a Casual Teacher in ACT Public Schools MS Word File (657kb)


... should be made via email: or by phoning (02) 6205 5000.


Teachers approved for casual teaching may be employed on a short-term contract. A short-term contract is for a period of 21 continuous school days but less than the full school term.

Teachers are only eligible to be employed on long-term contracts if they have applied in the Teacher Recruitment Round. Long-term contracts are for periods of a complete term or more.

Privacy Statement

Renewal Process

Identification Cards issued to casual teachers are current until 31 March each year. Applications for Renewal of Casual approval for the next school year need to be submitted to the Directorate's Recruitment Services area by 31 March. You will need to provide proof of current Working with Vulnerable People Check card and proof of current teacher registration with the TQI at the time of renewal.

The preferred method of renewing your registration is on-line through the School Staffing Integrated Management System External Link (SiMS). A hard copy renewal form is available below:

Application for Renewal of Approval for Casual Teaching MS Word File (51kb) Form

This form may also be used if you are applying for a new approval if you are:

  • a part-time teacher applying for additional Casual Teaching.
  • a current teacher on Leave Without Pay (LWOP)
  • a recently retired / resigned teacher applying for Casual Teaching (must be within the last three years)

Statements of Service

A statement of service must be on the letterhead of a recognised employing authority and indicate:

  • the date of commencement
  • the date of cessation
  • leave without pay including the total number of days taken, if nil this must be indicated
  • where the employment was; and whether full-time or part-time
  • if part-time the total number of days/hours or type of fraction

Salary increments are awarded for each completed year (200 X 6 hour days) of recognised teaching. It is, therefore, essential they are provided so salary status can be assessed. Your prior teaching service will only be recognised from the date an official Statement of Service, meeting all the above requirements, is received in this office. It is your responsibility to provide this evidence from employers other than the Directorate.

Working with Vulnerable People Registration

The ACT Government has established the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.Employees and volunteers who have contact with children in ACT schools (public and private) are captured under the regulated activity `child education services` and was effective as of 7 November 2013. This registration is completed by The Office of Regulatory Services (ORS). For further details about registering with the ORS can be found at Office of Regulatory Services External Link website.

Casual Teacher Qualification Requirements

including Overseas Qualifications and English Language Proficiency

To be eligible to be employed as a casual teacher in the ACT you must have current registration or approval to teach with the ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI).

Teacher qualifications and English language proficiency will be assessed by the TQI in accordance with their regulations. Please refer to the TQI web-site for details of the registration process and to access the online registration application.

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