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March 14, 2022

I am due/overdue to complete my Proficient Teacher accreditation/maintenance of accreditation requirements. Is an extension available?

Yes.

NESA is providing an automatic extension until 1 July 2022 (the end of week 10 of term 2, 2022) for teachers to complete their Proficient Teacher or maintenance of accreditation requirements.

This automatic extension applies to any teacher who is due or overdue in term 1 or term 2 of 2022, for due dates up to 30 June 2022.

It also applies to early childhood teachers who were already granted an extension until 4 March 2022 to complete their maintenance, where their due date was previously 17 July 2021.

Members should not be concerned if the due date in their NESA online account (eTAMS) remains unchanged. NESA has confirmed that the extension automatically applies.

Federation welcomes this automatic extension given disruptions to normal school routines associated with COVID-19, including increased workloads.

Teachers, supervisors and principals now have more time to prioritise teaching and learning, and to support student wellbeing.

Will delaying completing my Proficient accreditation affect my pay?

Yes.

Despite the automatic extension, Federation encourages members (including casual members) who can complete their accreditation requirements to do so as early as possible.

Delaying your accreditation at Proficient level could delay your progression to Band 2 pay, significantly affecting your earnings over time.

Members should consider the following:

  • Currently, the difference between a Band 1 and Band 2 salary is $15,198.
  • Further salary progression through the Band 2 increments (i.e., to 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3) depends upon service completed after commencing on Band 2 .0.
  • For casual teachers, the difference between Band 1 and Band 2 is $78.60 per day.

A teacher can progress to Band 2 before 1 July, 2022, once they are accredited at Proficient and have completed at least two years full-time (or full-time equivalent) service.

Two years of full-time service is 406 days for the purpose of salary progression.

Members who have concerns or inquiries in relation to their accreditation or salary progression should seek further advice from Federation by contacting Professional Support on 1300 654 369 or ProfessionalSupport@nswtf.org.au.

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