THERE'S NOTHING CASUAL ABOUT TEACHING

Julie Moon

How long is the school day for a casual teacher in a secondary school?

Where a casual teacher is employed to replace an individual teacher, the period load for the casual teacher is that of the teacher being replaced.

If a casual teacher is engaged on a multiple teacher vacancy the period load should not be more than six 40-minute periods or equivalent, plus one playground duty.

Where a casual school teacher relieves a secondary school teacher who has been timetabled to teach, as provided in Teachers Award clause 15, Teaching Hours for Years 11 and 12, then the provisions of subclause 15.6 and 15.7 apply to the casual school teacher provided that the time off can be taken either at the beginning or end of the six and one half-hour period of daily engagement of the casual school teacher.

Multiple day vacancy

If a casual teacher is employed to replace a teacher over a longer-term vacancy this teacher will undertake the period allocation of the replaced teacher. The weekly load should not exceed 28 40-minute periods (or time equivalent) plus sport.

What if I am employed for less than a full day?

Casual teachers are sometimes engaged to fill a vacancy for less than a full day. In this case they will be paid on an hourly basis (that is, the daily salary divided by six), remembering that the minimum engagement is two hours.

Where casual teachers are employed to teach face-to-face for two hours and this teaching crosses recess they are paid an additional quarter of an hour for the recess.

Where casual teachers are employed for less than a full day but the period of vacancy falls over the lunch break the salary paid to the casual teacher is the total time at the school less half an hour (as the half- hour lunch break is unpaid).

What happens if I report to a school only to find that when I arrive my
services are no longer required?

Where a casual school teacher reports to a school for duty on any day on the basis of a request by an authorised officer and is then advised that her/his services are not required the casual school teacher will be entitled to receive payment for half of one day’s pay at the appropriate rate.

In such a case, it is important that before leaving the school the casual teacher should immediately ask to sign on indicating a half day.

What happens if I am late to work because of short notice from the school?

If a school does not give adequate notice to the casual teacher on the first day of a vacancy the casual teacher is entitled to a full day’s pay if s/he reports in within 30 minutes after the normal commencement time for that school.

Julie Moon is the Officer responsible for casual and temporary teachers. The NSW Teachers Federation’s Casual and Temporary Handbook is currently under review.

This advice is general in nature and members should contact Federation for advice and/or support in specific situations.