Subject to the conditions outlined in the employee’s industrial instrument, a range of leave types may be available to department employees.

This includes:

  • sick leave
  • recreation leave (and leave loading)
  • adoption leave
  • family and community service leave (FACS) and personal carer's leave
  • leave for sporting fixtures
  • long service leave/extended leave
  • maternity leave
  • military leave
  • paternity leave
  • leave without pay
  • study leave
  • special leave.

In addition, personal leave (incentive schools) is available to eligible teachers. This leave will assist teachers in eight transfer point schools, six transfer point schools and four transfer point (incentive) schools to attend to a range of personal and/or family commitments. In particular, it recognises the isolated location of such schools and the associated travel times to access a range of services. This is a separate entitlement to FACS leave.

Leave loading

When taking annual leave, you receive loading in addition to your normal salary.

Once you complete 12 months of continuous service, as at 30 November each year, you are entitled to an annual leave loading equivalent to 17.5 percent of four weeks of normal salary. Leave loading is payable in the first pay period of December each year. The payment will be paid on a pro rata basis if the appointment was after the start of the leave loading year (that is, 1 December) or if leave without pay was taken during the year.

Teachers’ Deferred Salary Scheme

The Deferred Salary Scheme for teachers in schools and related employees (PDF 597.03KB) allows participants to take a year away from their position for professional development and renewal experiences, such as participation in return-to-industry schemes, other industry experience, post graduate study, working in overseas education systems, or other activities.

The Deferred Salary Scheme is a five-year scheme whereby participants defer part of their salary for the first four years of the scheme and will be paid the deferred salary in the fifth year.

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