THERE'S NOTHING CASUAL ABOUT TEACHING

Julie Moon
City Organiser

For many graduates, this issue of Education will coincide with the beginning of your teaching career. We welcome our beginning teacher members to the Federation family. Here is some information to assist you this term.

First pay as a casual teacher

On your first day as a casual teacher, you will need to present the following documents to your school:

  • your current Approval to Teach
  • Direct Deposit Account Details form
  • Tax File Number Declaration form (including your tax file number) and Tax Withholding Declaration form
  • details of your superannuation fund if it’s not First State Super – your superannuation fund details can be emailed to bsosuperannuation@det.nsw.edu.au
  • current address and contact details.

Note that your Casual.Direct letter of engagement is not the same as an Approval to Teach. The Casual.Direct verification number is not a casual payroll number.

All completed forms should be forwarded by the school to the Casual Payroll team of HR Systems, Support and Development by fax on 1300 338 124 for processing.

The school will be notified of your casual payroll number within two working days of receipt of all required documents.

The school will then submit your casual pay claim electronically for processing. Payment of your claim will then be forwarded to your nominated financial institution. Claims are generally paid within two working days following the close of the current pay fortnight. Claims submitted after the close of the pay fortnight are generally paid within two working days of input by the school.

You should request a printed copy of your submitted pay claim from the school for your records.

First pay as a temporary teacher

On your first day as a temporary teacher you will need to supply the following documents to the Department via your school:

  • your current Approval to Teach
  • Direct Deposit Account Details form
  • Tax File Number Declaration form (including your tax file number) and Tax Withholding Declaration form
  • details of your superannuation fund if not First State Super
  • current address and contact details.

You need to sign your temporary teacher engagement notice as does the principal of the school. Make sure you keep a copy of the engagement notice for your records.

The school needs to submit this to the Department as soon as possible. The school will then be notified by the Department of your temporary payroll number.

If you are a temporary teacher do not submit a casual pay claim as it will result in potential overpayment and problems with the tax office.

Each fortnight, pay advice will be sent to your email address. You should always retain a copy of this pay advice in the event of encountering a problem with your pay. Additionally, records of days worked as a temporary teacher can be found through the Department’s Employee Self Service (ESS) here.

As a casual or temporary teacher, if you experience problems with your pay you will need to contact EDConnect on 1300 32 32 32 or make an online enquiry. Make sure you get the name of any Departmental officer you speak with and if you are given a reason why your pay is late, record this.

If you are not satisfied with the response or answer to your inquiry ring the Federation’s Professional Support Section on 1300 654 367 for assistance and advice.

The Centre for Professional Learning (CPL) provides two courses for beginning teachers without charge. All CPL courses can be found here.

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

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