Teachers who work and reside in locations isolated from goods and services are entitled to the reimbursement of certain expenses to seek medical treatment, but it would appear the Department is now rejecting claims that would have previously been approved.
Federation has fielded an increasing number of complaints from members denied expenses. Members have also raised concerns related to marital status and how the Department processes allowances for members living in de facto relationships or
The union has obtained Department emails to individual members that ill-advise teachers and create immense confusion among schools and members.
Federation has written to the Department seeking the guidelines under which the applications have been processed. Upon receipt of the guidelines, Federation will develop advice leaflets on locality allowances and entitlements for members to use.
Members are advised to contact the Federation if locality allowance applications have been rejected.