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Employment options

The department supports flexible work practices and provides a number of employment options for teachers including permanent full-time, permanent part-time, temporary and casual teaching.

The department considers temporary and casual teachers a vital component of its workforce.

If an applicant wishes to apply for permanent and/or temporary employment as well as casual employment, they must undertake the assessment process for teacher employment.

Information about employment options and the application processes for permanent, temporary and casual employment is outlined in the Guide to Teaching in Queensland State Schools.

Permanent employment

Teachers employed on a permanent full-time basis are required to work ten (10) days per fortnight. Teachers employed on a permanent part-time basis are generally employed for two (2) to nine (9) days per fortnight and their salary and entitlements apply on a pro-rata basis.

Permanent appointments are made to vacancies that have been identified by a region/district and have not been able to be filled by a permanent teacher seeking transfer or a permanent teacher returning from leave.

In order to satisfy state-wide staffing requirements, permanent teachers may be required to work anywhere in Queensland sometime during their career within the department.

A permanent teacher is required to serve a fixed probationary period of eight (8) months from the date of commencement.

Appointment as a permanent teacher is subject to the relevant departmental employment conditions.

Temporary employment

A temporary teacher is engaged for vacancies that generally coincide with leave taken by permanent employees.

Teachers employed on a temporary or contract basis are generally engaged for periods of five (5) consecutive days or more and may be on a full or part-time basis.

Casual employment

Casual, 'relief' or 'supply' teachers can be engaged for a minimum of two (2) hours to a maximum of five (5) hours per day, usually during the absence of a teacher on short-term leave, for up to five (5) consecutive days. Casual teachers are employed in accordance with the Teacher Relief Scheme.

Casual employment requires teachers to be available usually at quite short notice and therefore within their local area.

Information about casual employment opportunities is available from the TRACER page.

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