Relief Teaching Pay South Australia

Relief Teacher Pay SA

Most teachers in SA begin their teaching career as relief teachers.

Relief teaching pay is determined on a day-to-day basis. Relief teachers are called to replace permanent teachers who are absent or participating in other activities.


Relief teacher pay in SA is paid at a daily rate, based on years of training and experience, which is loaded to include a component for sick leave and vacation pay.

In 2012, a four-year trained teacher earns between $301 and $347 per day depending on experience.

When relief teaching pay is based on being employed full-time for four weeks to a year or part-time for two terms or more.

Relief teaching pay is similar to most of the entitlements of permanent teachers, including annual salary, on a pro-rata basis.

Relief Teacher Pay Rate - 4 year trained

The rates of pay for casual teachers are set out below. (Source)

4 year trained steps

4 - $356.56
3 - $340.64
2 - $324.72
1 - $308.82

 Relief Teacher Pay Rate - 3 year trained

3 year trained steps

5 - $340.64
4 - $324.72
3 - $308.82
2 - $292.91
1 - $278.47

 Relief Teacher Pay - SA

The daily hours of engagement for a casual teacher is 6.5 hours per day, including a 30 minute break during those hours.  The minimum daily engagement is two hours.

Where a casual teacher reports to a school for duty on any day and is then advised that their services are not required, the casual teacher shall be entitled to receive payment for one half of one day’s pay.

The rates of pay of casual teachers are loaded by 5 per cent to be inclusive of the of employment benefits like sick leave, family and community service leave, special leave and leave loading.

On completing 203 days of casual teacher service, a casual teacher shall progress to the next daily rate of pay.

 In SA, relief teaching involves

  • knowing your lesson content well
  • preparing lessons;
  • providing homework where appropriate and follow-up the homework;
  • participating in whole school activities;
  • performing any rostered playground duty; and
  • contributing to school or faculty activities, special events, excursions or meetings.

Benefits of relief teaching in SA

Casual and temporary employment provides valuable experience for teachers

  • just starting out,
  • seeking variety and new experiences in their careers,
  • wanting flexibility in order to balance work and family responsibilities,
  • awaiting permanent appointment,

Relief teachers could gain an offer of permanent employment more quickly through the Teacher Employment Priority Scheme (TEPS).

Teacher Employment Priority Scheme

TEPS enables you to enhance your priority date for permanent employment.

Depending on the schools in which you work, your priority date for permanent employment may be enhanced by up to 18 months for every 50 days of relief teaching service in NSW public schools.

 Relief Teacher Pay - Australia

 Relief Teacher Pay - Employment Conditions SA

 You are advised to check your relief teacher pay details to confirm that all work is covered.







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