Empowering NSW Temporary Teachers: Progression and Opportunities

(Last Updated On: September 27, 2023)

Temporary teachers play a vital role in the education system, and in New South Wales, their rights and opportunities have been significantly enhanced over the years. This article explores the provisions outlined in Clause 22 of the NSW teaching award, focusing on the pro rata salary and conditions, conversion to permanent part-time status, and opportunities for salary progression and professional growth.

Pro Rata Salary and Conditions

Since January 2001, temporary teachers have been entitled to pro rata salary and conditions equivalent to those of permanent teachers, with the exception of the Deferred Salary Scheme outlined in Clause 11. This step ensures fair treatment and recognition for the efforts and dedication of temporary educators.

Conversion to Permanent Part-Time Status

After occupying a single substantive part-time position for more than two years, temporary teachers have the option to apply for conversion to permanent part-time status within that position. This practice aims to provide more stability and security for teachers who anticipate continued employment in their current role.

Maximizing Vacancy Filling with Permanent Teachers

The Department of Education seeks to maximize the filling of vacancies in schools by appointing permanent teachers, including permanent part-time teachers, whenever reasonably practical. This approach aims to foster a stable teaching workforce and ensure consistency in the learning environment.

Salary Progression for Temporary Teachers and School Counsellors

Temporary teachers and school counsellors demonstrating continuing efficiency in their teaching or counselling practice via an annual performance and development plan, satisfactory performance, and professional growth, are entitled to be maintained on the salary level for a promotions position after each 12 months of service. Salary progression aligns with the provisions of subclauses 3.5 to 3.12 and 3.13 to 3.19, respectively.

Opportunities for Progression and Salary Level Maintenance

Temporary employees in classifications prescribed at Subclause 3.21 are also eligible for progression or maintenance on the salary level for a promotions position after each 12 months of service. Additionally, they may progress to the next step of the salary scale after completing 203 days of service, regardless of breaks in service. These provisions acknowledge and reward the dedication and commitment of temporary staff.

Professional Development and Growth

In addition to salary progression, temporary teachers have access to various professional development opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge. These opportunities may include attending conferences, workshops, and training programs, as well as undertaking further studies. Temporary teachers are encouraged to engage in professional development activities to support their career growth and contribute to the improvement of teaching and learning outcomes for students.


Clause 22 of the NSW teaching award is designed to empower and recognize the contributions of temporary teachers and school counsellors. By providing pro rata salary and conditions, offering opportunities for conversion to permanent part-time status, supporting salary progression and professional growth, and encouraging professional development, the education system ensures a supportive and rewarding experience for temporary educators. These provisions not only strengthen the workforce but also reflect the value placed on the vital role that temporary teachers play in nurturing the future generation.

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