THERE'S NOTHING CASUAL ABOUT TEACHING

Terry Moriarty
Amber Flohm

Question

I have been frequently employed as a casual teacher for a number of years at different schools. Am I entitled to any long service leave?

Answer

Casual teachers do have access to paid long service leave; however, the provisions that operate in this area are complex as they are covered by the Long Services Leave Act (and not the Teaching Service Act).

The following advice offers some very broad guidelines.

Casual service accumulates long service leave on a pro-rata basis but breaks of service greater than two months will negate and eliminate the period of casual service prior to the break.

This two month break, however, does not include school vacations or periods of temporary teaching with the Department of Education and Communities.

When a casual (or temporary) teacher gains a permanent appointment their long service leave entitlement can be added to their permanent service.

When a casual teacher ceases employment with the Department the teacher can be paid a lump-sum in certain circumstances. This would not mean the teacher has to relinquish their casual teaching approval.

It is complicated but if you have worked regularly over a long period or you are doing casual teaching while waiting for permanency it could be worth asking some questions.

This advice is general in nature and members should contact Federation for advice and/or support in specific situations. Terry Moriarty is a Relief Officer and Amber Flohm is the Multicultural Officer/Organiser.

This advice is general in nature and members should contact Federation for advice and/or support in specific situations. Terry Moriarty is a Relief Officer and Amber Flohm is the Multicultural Officer/Organiser.

Casual and Temporary Teachers Handbook

Federation’s Casual and Temporary Teachers Handbook contains outlines conditions and addresses commonly asked questions. This handbook is also accessible on our website at https://www.nswtf.org.au/my-work/casual-temporary-teachers.html.