Changes to leave without pay

Gary Zadkovich
Deputy President

Resumption of duty is now only available in the particular school position from which the teacher took leave

In 2012, the Department proposed changes to the provisions for teachers’ leave without pay that were negotiated into the current staffing agreement.

The changes mean that teachers taking leave without pay for personal reasons no longer have the option to resume duty in one or more of the staffing areas in the statewide system. Resumption of duty is now only available in the particular school position from which the teacher took leave.

Leave without pay has always been at the employer’s discretion. This will now be exercised by principals at the individual school level.

For those who took leave without pay prior to the changes coming into effect, the staffing agreement states:

“For a period of 3 years from Day 1, Term 4, 2012 classroom teachers who are on approved leave without pay for personal reasons prior to the commencement of the new procedures will continue to be considered in the central appointment mix.

“At the end of the 3 year transition period teachers who have not resumed duty will no longer be considered in the central appointment mix. Such teachers who wish to resume duty can seek an extension of their casual approval and can apply for advertised positions, or they can choose to resign and make an application to be placed on the employment list and/or apply for advertised positions.”

At the time of writing, Federation and the Department are finalising arrangements for teachers who took leave without pay prior to the commencement of the new procedures, and now seek appointment to a position. Information on this matter will be emailed to all members as soon
as possible.