Salary and awards

Awards and determinations are industrial instruments that outline the applicable pay rates and/or conditions of employment such as leave entitlements.

The award and/or determination you are covered under depends on your role and classification of employment. Job advertisements will generally include a salary range (sometimes expressed as a grade or level). Please note commencing salary will be worked out on appointment to the position.

Teachers' commencing salary

Classroom teachers are remunerated on the standards based remuneration structure in accordance with the Crown Employees (Teachers in Schools and Related Employees) Salaries and Conditions Award (the Award).

There are two pathways to the standards based remuneration structure for teachers:

  1. New teachers employed from 1 January 2016 are remunerated in accordance with the teacher's level of accreditation as determined by the NSW Education Standards Authority on commencement of employment.
  2. Teachers employed between 2011 and 2015 who were initially appointed under the common incremental salary scale provisions will move to the new structure via the transition provisions contained in the Award over a number of years.

The Salary Determination for Classroom Teachers' Information Guide (PDF 152KB) is written in line with the Standards Based Remuneration and should be read in conjunction with the Standards Based Teacher Salary Procedure (PDF 1.5MB).

The Salary Determination for Classroom Teachers - Application Form (PDF 877KB)should be completed and submitted with all supporting documents to

Please note: For non-NSW public schools teaching service, statements of service, pay advice slips and/or employment contracts must be provided as evidence of the period of teaching (dates), unpaid leave and base salary per annum. Any salary adjustments to be made following a salary determination will be effective from the first pay period commencing on or after the date a completed application was received by the department.

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