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There’s nothing casual about teaching
Since 2016, casual teachers have been paid according to a standards-based remuneration pay scale. There are two rates of pay for casual teachers linked to levels of accreditation in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: Band 1 (Graduate) and Band 2 (Proficient).
The rates for casual teachers can be found at Schedule 4 of the Award. These daily rates are calculated based on Band 1 and Band 2 salaries for permanent and temporary teachers (plus a 5 per cent loading to account for some leave and other entitlements). Band 2 is a higher rate of pay than existed for any casual teachers before the introduction of standards-based remuneration.
Under the old scale, casual teachers progressed to the next step after 203 days of casual service. As per clause 23.8 of the current Award, teachers will move from Band 1 to Band 2 by completing the equivalent of two years’ full-time service (406 days) and attaining Proficient level of accreditation with NESA.
Federation has negotiated transitional arrangements to ensure no casual teacher receives a lower daily rate of pay with the introduction of standards-based remuneration.
Additionally, Federation has negotiated for teachers who, at 1 January, 2016, had not attained Proficient level accreditation (including pre-October 2004 teachers who have not previously been required to be accredited); or not completed 406 days of casual service; or neither attained Proficient accreditation nor completed 406 days’ casual service. They will be paid according to the following transition arrangements.
All casual teachers who commence teaching after the beginning of 2016 will directly enter standards-based remuneration according to clause 23 and Schedule 4 of the Award.
After completing 406 days of teaching service at Band 1 and attaining Proficient accreditation with NESA, the casual teacher will move to the Band 2 rate of pay. For these teachers, the service requirement will be met by combining all casual, temporary and permanent teaching service with the Department.
Later this year negotiations will commence between the Federation and the Department for the next Award. These negotiations will include salaries and working conditions. The Federation encourages all casual teachers to be involved in the process by attending school and Association meetings to ensure they are informed and exercise their right to vote.
Further information is available in the June 2017 Industrial Bulletin: Standards-based pay for casual teachers, available from the Members’ area of Federation’s website.
— Dianne Byers and Kate Harland, City Organisers