Casual Teachers


1. General Information | 2. Appproval Process | 3. Renewal Process

1. General Information

Application for Casual Teaching

Applications for casual 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.

All teachers seeking casual employment must meet Directorate approval requirements before they can commence 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 (please do not supply original documents) – full details of persons authorised to certify documents can be found within the application pack.

Working with Vulnerable People Registration –
The Office of Regulatory Services (ORS)

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.

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 Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) External Link website.

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2. Approval Process

Step 1: Register with Office of Regulatory Services External Link to obtain the Working with Vulnerable People check.

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

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

If you:

Inquiries should be made via email: det.sims@act.gov.au or by phoning (02) 6205 5000.

Completed applications must be returned to:

  • Recruitment Services
    People and Performance
    Education Directorate
    GPO Box 158
    Canberra ACT 2601

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.

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3. 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:

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)

If you are applying under one of the three categories listed above you will also need to submit the Superannuation Choice Form PDF File (331Kb) and a Tax File Number Declaration Form, TFN declaration forms are available from selected newsagents, the ATO shopfront or via phone 1300 720 092.

If you have not worked for the Directorate for more than three years you may be required to submit a complete application pack. Please contact Recruitment Services via email at det.sims@act.gov.au or alternatively on 6205 5000 for further advice for advice.

Casual Teaching Salary

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 External Link

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.

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.

Please note: No back adjustment of salary will be made for any period of employment undertaken at a lower rate of salary where no Statement of Service or an incomplete statement were provided.

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.

Further details about registering Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) External Link website.