FAQs

  1. How do I apply to become a classroom teacher in ACT public schools?
  2. How do I apply to become a school counsellor in ACT public schools?
  3. How do I apply for permanent or contract work in ACT public schools?
  4. Do I have to apply in the recruitment round each year?
  5. What happens if I submit an application outside the Department's recruitment round?
  6. Do some subject areas require specialist qualifications?
  7. Who reads my application?
  8. If I am an interstate executive teacher (Principal, Assistant Principal, Department Head)
    do I have to go through the annual classroom teacher recruitment process?

  9. What is a recruitment rating?
  10. Can I retain my recruitment rating?
  11. When I have a rating how am I offered employment?
  12. Can I request a review of my rating after the recruitment round?
  13. Can I get individual feedback about my rating or the process?
  14. If I am offered permanency what does that mean?
  15. Am I offered permanency to a particular school?
  16. If I have been teaching in a University or TAFE am I eligible to teach in ACT government schools?
  17. How do I apply to be a casual teacher in the ACT?
  18. If I am registered as a casual teacher am I eligible for long-term contracts?
  19. If I have a current recruitment rating am I automatically registered for casual teaching?
  20. What will be my starting salary?
  21. Is prior experience recognised for the purposes of salary?
  22. How do I update my contact information if my circumstances change?

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1. How do I apply to become a classroom teacher in ACT public schools?
To apply for casual teaching you need to complete a casual teaching application package. After assessment of your qualifications you will be contacted for a casual interview. After interview the panel will contact your referees to confirm your suitability for teaching. Following registration you will be issued with a casual card. Please call the Department's Recruitment Services area for further information (02) 6205 5000.

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2. How do I apply to become a school counsellor in ACT public schools?
This process is under review. Please contact the Assistant Manager - Counselling Services (02) 6205 7619 for further details.

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3. How do I apply for permanent or contract work in ACT public schools?
Teachers seeking permanency or long-term contract employment apply through the annual classroom teacher recruitment round. To be eligible for permanent appointment or contract teaching you need to have a recruitment rating. The rating does not guarantee a teaching position but allows an applicant to be considered for permanent appointment or contract work.

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4. Do I have to apply in the recruitment round each year?
In accordance with the current Teaching Staff Enterprise Agreement an applicant seeking permanent appointment must submit a full application in the Department's recruitment round.

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5. What happens if I submit an application outside the Department's recruitment round?
The Department is continuously recruiting qualified teachers throughout the year in line with school recruitment priorities. Assessment of applications received outside of the recruitment round is on an as-needs basis.

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6. Do some subject areas require specialist qualifications?
All teachers require the equivalent of a four-year education degree. In addition, some teaching areas require specialist qualifications.

Areas such as:

  • Special Education;
  • English as a Second Language;
  • Teacher Librarian;
  • Counselling;
  • Outdoor Education; and
  • Vocational Education

require additional qualifications. Please refer to the Qualifications Policy on this website for further detail.

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7. Who reads my application?
Applications for permanent or contract work are read by the selection panels and principals.

The recruitment panels assess applications as part of the annual classroom teacher recruitment round. Your rating is determined through application, interview and referee checks.

At the conclusion of the recruitment round, applications are read by a large number of principals as they select staff for their schools as part of the department's annual staffing processes.

Casual applications are processed through the Department's Recruitment Services area. Please contact (02) 6205 5000.

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8. If I am an interstate executive teacher (Principal, Assistant Principal, Department Head) do I have to go through the annual classroom teacher recruitment process?
If you are a qualified teacher you are eligible to apply directly for school leadership positions. You can access these vacancies through ACT Government Jobs. External Link

Classroom teaching is an excellent way of experiencing the culture of our local government schools. It may be a good option for you while you are waiting for a school leader position that matches your skills and experiences.

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9. What is a recruitment rating?
A recruitment rating is the outcome of the merit selection process that occurs through the annual classroom teacher recruitment round. Rating groups are defined as:

  • Outstanding;
  • Meritorious;
  • Competent; and
  • Suitable for Casual Teaching.

Unsuitable applicants do not receive a rating.

Each recruitment round the selection panels develop benchmarks to assess applicants. These benchmarks provide markers to the panels against which to compare applicants in a merit-based process.

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10. Can I retain my recruitment rating?
Teachers who have been through a previous recruitment round may request to retain their current rating if they are seeking temporary employment. Maximum retention is for a further two years. To retain their rating applicants need to submit the current application form each year.

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11. When I have a rating how am I offered employment?
All offers of employment are made on the basis of merit.

Applicants who receive an outstanding rating may be offered permanent employment as an outcome of the annual classroom teacher recruitment round. Offers are made in areas of need in the first instance.

Applicants with outstanding and meritorious ratings are usually employed before applicants with highly suitable and suitable ratings.

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12. Can I request a review of my rating after the recruitment round?
You can submit a written request for a review. A review panel investigates that the panel has followed merit selection guidelines through the phases of the teacher recruitment process. It is unusual for a rating to be changed if the due process has been followed. Applicants are not able to submit additional information to support their rating after the recruitment process has been completed. Please note that a written request must be received within 4 weeks of the date of the ratings letter to allow a panel to be established to review the process before the feedback session.

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13. Can I get individual feedback about my rating or the process?
All applicants receive general written feedback with their rating letter. Local applicants are invited to attend a feedback session with panel members. Individual feedback is not generally available. Upon written request applicants who have been in the recruitment round on two or more occasions without achieving an offer of permanency may be provided with additional feedback. The feedback will be limited to information about the component parts to assist the applicant to focus on areas that may require further development.

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14. If I am offered permanency what does that mean?
An offer of permanency means that you are offered appointment to the ACT Public Service. Offers of employment are conditional on applicants meeting the Department's registration requirements. These include qualifications, medical fitness and pre-employment checks, including a criminal history check and employment history with other education departments.

Permanent officers are eligible to apply through the annual placement/transfer round for positions at individual schools if they are available.

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15. Am I offered permanency to a particular school?
A teacher is offered permanent employment with the ACT Department of Education of Education and Training. A placement period in particular schools is determined by the school's staffing needs in line with the Teaching Staff Enterprise Agreement.

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16. If I have been teaching in a University or TAFE am I eligible to teach in ACT government schools?
To be eligible to teach in ACT government schools you must have teaching qualifications which meet departmental requirements.

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17. How do I apply to be a casual teacher in the ACT?
To apply for casual teaching you need to complete a casual teaching application package. After assessment of your qualifications you will be contacted for a casual interview. After interview the panel will contact your referees to confirm your suitability for teaching. When you receive your Casual and Relief System (CRS) card you are then eligible to teach in ACT government schools.

Please call Department's Recruitment Services area phone (02) 6205 5000.

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18. If I am registered as a casual teacher am I eligible for long-term contracts?
To be eligible for contract work an applicant must have a current recruitment rating received through the Department's recruitment process. For further information, please contact the HR unit phone (02) 6205 9284.

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19. If I have a current recruitment rating am I automatically registered for casual teaching?
Registering as a casual is a separate process to applying to be a permanent or contract teacher. It is advisable to register as a casual as early as possible to be sure your application has been processed in time to begin the school year.

You do not need another interview if you applied through the annual recruitment round and received a merit-based rating.

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20. What will be my starting salary?
Classroom Teachers have a 9 Point Salary Range. Prior teaching service is recognised for beginning salary assessment. For further information see the Payrates page.

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21. Is prior experience recognised for the purposes of salary?
Documentary evidence that details your prior teaching and relevant work experience will be assessed by the qualifications officer to determine your salary level.

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22. How do I update my contact information if my circumstances change?
Please contact the Teacher Recruitment Unit on (02) 6205 9284 or email TeachinginCanberra@act.gov.au to change contact details. Change of details provided over the phone should be confirmed in writing.