Teacher Salaries in SA Public Schools

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Pay Scale

If you are a classroom teacher in South Australian public schools, you will be paid between $60,198 and $124,393 based on experience and qualifications. The exact salaries are in the table below:

Step

After 1.10.2018

After 1.5.2019

After 1.5.2020

After 1.5.2021

After 1.5.2022

Special Authority

60,198

60,800

62,229

63,691

65,188

1

69,046

69,736

71,375

73,052

74,769

2

72,605

73,331

75,054

76,818

78,623

3

76,168

76,930

78,738

80,588

82,482

4

79,726

80,523

82,415

84,352

86,334

5

83,297

84,130

86,107

88,131

90,202

6

86,856

87,725

89,787

91,897

94,057

7

90,417

91,321

93,467

95,663

97,911

8

95,234

96,186

98,446

100,759

103,127

AST1 (Key Teacher Fallback)

9

100,140

101,141

103,518

105,951

108,441

AST2 (Key Teacher Fallback)

103,847

104,885

107,350

109,873

112,455

Highly Accomplished Teacher (HAT)

108,672

109,759

112,338

114,978

117,680

Lead Teacher (LT)

114,871

116,020

118,746

121,537

124,393

Source

Read more: SA Relief Teacher Pay Rates.

Special Authority Teachers

If you are working as a teacher but do not have Teacher’s Registration, you will be paid as a Special Authority teacher. You will not be able to move up to any other step without gaining your Teacher’s Registration.

There are not many Special Authority teachers, but you may be paid at this tier if you are working as a teacher in your final year of your teaching degree for example.

Moving Up the Steps

If you have your Teacher’s Registration, you will move up one step every year until you reach step 8. To get to step 9, you will need to apply.

It is also important to note that you will not be able to move beyond step 4 unless you have full Teacher’s Registration. This means that you will need to complete the process to move from the Graduate career stage to the Proficient career stage. This process has recently changed for Department for Education employees, so it is worth talking to your site about this. If you are an Early Career Teacher, it is likely that this has already been mentioned to you.

If you have additional qualifications such as an Honours or Master’s degree, you may be able to start your career on a higher step. This is not always the case and does depend on what degrees you have done, so talk to the Department for Education payroll to check if you are eligible.

Each of these steps is equivalent to a full year’s teaching experience, or 200 days in the classroom. If you have experience teaching overseas or in another state or sector, ask your previous schools for a statement of service. This document will state how long you have worked as a teacher and you can submit this to the Department to move up steps. You will also get back paid for any time that you spent not getting paid at the appropriate step.

Moving to Step 9

This application process is very simple. After you have spent a full year being paid at step 8, there is a form that you can fill out and get signed off by your school. This form says that you are performing at a high enough level to move to step 9.

If you have been on step 8 for over a year, it is worth filling out this form. Many people put it off because it seems like a hassle, but it is simpler than it sounds.

AST2 (Key Teacher Fallback)

You will be paid at the AST2 (Key Teacher Fallback) step if you have been assessed as an Advanced Skills Teacher. This process has recently been replaced by Highly Accomplished and Lead teacher accreditation so if you are not currently an Advanced Skills teacher, you will never become one.

If you have worked a cumulative 5 years in a leadership position though, you will be paid at this level if you go back to simply classroom teaching. This does not need to be 5 years in the same role or on the same contract.

Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers

If you have been assessed and are an accredited Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher, you can be paid at these levels. Just getting your accreditation is not enough to automatically bump up your pay, though.

Being a Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher means that you can apply for specific Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher positions. Just getting accredited will not mean that you are paid at this level as you will need to be employed as a Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher.

Yearly Pay Rises

The current Enterprise Agreement outlines yearly pay increases for all teachers at all levels and steps every year. The dates that these will come into effect are in the table above.

The current Enterprise Agreement for the SA Department for Education expires on 23/3/2023, which is why there are no further increases outlined after 2022. There will be continuing pay increases every year, but these will be outlined in the new Enterprise Agreement.

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