Casual Teachers

1. Overview | 2. Registration Process | 3. Renewal Process | 4. Application for 2ND/Additional AGS Number Process

1. Overview

Application for Casual Teaching

Applications for casual teaching employment are welcomed throughout the year. All teaching staff registrations within the ACT Education Directorate (EDU) are valid for the period of their WwVP registration and/or the TQI cease date of 31 March of every year (whichever comes first).

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 (WwVP) - Access Canberra

The ACT Government has established the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 (WwVP). 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 Access Canberra. Further details about registering can be found at Access Canberra external link website.

Teacher Registration - ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI)

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. For further details please visit Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) external link website.

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2. Registration Process

  • Step 1: Register with Access Canberra external link website to obtain the WwVP registration.
  • Step 2: Register with Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) external link website to obtain the TQI registration.
  • Step 3: Once you have received TQI registration card, you will need to submit an application for employment.

If you:

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

Completed applications must be returned via email to det.sims@act.gov.au or via post to:

HR People and Performance
Education Directorate
GPO Box 158 Canberra ACT 2601

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3. Renewal of Registration Process

All teaching staff registrations within the ACT Education Directorate (EDU) are valid for the period of their WwVP registration and/or the TQI cease date of 31 March of every year (whichever comes first). Applications for Renewal of casual registration need to be submitted to the Directorate's HR People Services.

Maintaining these registrations is an individual responsibility. Employment cannot accept/be offered by/to an employee without all the required registrations (including (EDU)).

Information on how to renew your current registration is located on your School Staffing Integrated Management System (SiMS) profile, under “My Request for Renewal” SiMS External Link

Renewal form is also available below:

Please note: If your Casual/Temporary Registration has lapsed for a period of 3 months or more, you must complete and submit all pages 1-4; sections 1-13 in the above application package. The purpose of this package is to collect the minimum information required to process your request for payment of salary as details of employee may have changed within the previous registration period.

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

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4. Application for 2nd AGS number - Additional Casual/Temporary Employment

If an employee falls under one of the below four categories, an Application for 2nd AGS number - Additional Casual/Temporary Employment request must be submitted;

  1. A current part-time employee (either permanent or temporary officer) applying for additional casual employment;
  2. A current employee on approved Leave without Pay (LWOP);
  3. A current employee on approved Long Service Leave (LSL) at ½ pay or
  4. A retired/resigned employee (last 3 years) seeking a new casual AGS number for casual employment.

Please note: All forms; pages 1-4; of the below application package along with a copy of my WwVP card must be completed and submitted. The purpose of this package is to collect the minimum information required to process your request. In addition a new casual employee profile must be created for payment; as different salary rates and entitlements apply.

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

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 (Teaching Staff) Enterprise Agreement; Teacher Enterprise Agreement 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 the minimum required 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 Linkwebsite.

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