Most teachers in NSW begin their teaching career as relief teachers. Those who are relief teaching are employed on a day-to-day basis replacing permanent teachers who are absent or participating in other activities.
Relief teachers are paid 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 you are employed full-time for four weeks to a year or part-time for two terms or more. Relief teachers receive most of the entitlements of permanent teachers, including annual salary, on a pro-rata basis.
Casual and temporary employment provides valuable experience for teachers
Relief teachers could gain an offer of permanent employment more quickly through the Teacher Employment Priority Scheme (TEPS).
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.