Casual and temporary teachers

The majority of teachers commence their careers in the NSW public education system as casual or temporary teachers.

As a casual teacher you are employed on a day-to-day basis replacing permanent teachers who are absent or participating in other activities. Casual teachers are paid a daily rate, based on years of training and experience, which is loaded to include a component for sick leave and vacation pay. As a temporary teacher you are employed full-time for four weeks to a year or part-time for two terms or more. Temporary teachers receive most of the entitlements of permanent teachers, including annual salary, on a pro-rata basis.

Your contribution as a casual or temporary teacher

Whether employed on a day-to-day basis or in blocks, casual and temporary teachers carry out a vital role in public schools throughout NSW on a daily basis and we value your contribution. Engaged to provide release for permanent teachers who are absent or participating in other activities, casual and temporary teachers ensure that a positive and challenging learning environment for students is maintained. They are responsible for providing proper and adequate supervision of classes or areas assigned to them, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of students at all times.

As a casual or temporary teacher, you are expected to work consistently to provide relevant and educationally appropriate activities for all classes. Lessons are more educationally stimulating for students and professionally rewarding for the casual teacher if students are challenged with valuable teaching and learning activities. Your role involves:

  • knowing your lesson content well
  • preparing lessons
  • providing homework where appropriate and follow up the homework
  • participating in whole school activities
  • performing any rostered playground duty
  • contributing to school or faculty activities, special events, excursions or meetings.

More information on your first day at a new school

Benefits of casual and temporary teaching

Casual and temporary employment provides valuable experience for teachers just starting out as well as for those seeking variety and new experiences in their careers. It is a preferred option for teachers wanting flexibility in order to balance work and family responsibilities. For teachers awaiting permanent appointment, casual and temporary employment provides great opportunities to further develop professional skills. More importantly, you could gain an offer of permanent employment more quickly through the Teacher Employment Priority Scheme (TEPS).

TEPS enables you to enhance your priority date for permanent employment. Depending on the schools in which you work, your priority date for permanent employment may be enhanced by up to 18 months for every 50 days of casual or temporary service in NSW public schools.

Other benefits of casual and temporary employment include:

  • flexible hours
  • opportunities to travel throughout NSW – a great way to experience living and working in a different area without the commitment of a permanent job
  • the opportunity to experience teaching in other aspects of the curriculum
  • the rewards of enjoying different experiences daily.

In addition, temporary teachers may benefit from locality and climate allowances in some areas, a range of extra leave options and vacation pay.

Employment opportunities

Once you receive your approval to teach, you are eligible to work as a casual or temporary teacher in our schools. Graduating teachers who have received their interim casual teaching approval can do the same.

There are opportunities for casual and temporary teaching in most areas of NSW. You will greatly increase your chances of obtaining employment if you seek teaching engagements in non-coastal country areas or in south western and western Sydney.

Finding casual employment - ClassCover

From June 2018, the department has adopted app-based platform ClassCover as our casual teacher booking solution.

As a casual teacher, ClassCover is your online CV, giving you direct access to hundreds of schools. Free to use and featuring comprehensive support and modern functions, this platform is already in use at more than 1,400 NSW public schools.

To start using ClassCover now:

  • Visit the ClassCover website and create your free profile.
  • Enter your details, including qualifications, experience, and preferred subjects (use the ClassCover checklist as a guide).
  • Upload files, such as your approval to teach letter, Working with Children Check confirmation, and anaphylaxis and e-emergency certificates. Schools will still need to confirm these before you can start work, but having them on your profile means they’re always available.
  • Use the website or mobile app to manage your availability, bookings and preferences.

ClassCover fully replaces Casual.Direct, which was discontinued in Term 3, 2018.

Some schools advertise their temporary teacher vacancies through teach.NSW. You may wish to subscribe to receive the teach.NSW JobFeed, our regular listing of advertised teaching positions.


For information of setting up and managing your ClassCover account, visit the ClassCover support page or call 1300 650 442

Changing of personal details

Updated approval to teach

If you have been previously granted a conditional approval to teach for a limited period of time and have since received an updated approval to teach, the new approval should be forwarded to the Casual Payroll Team for update on the payroll as soon as possible. Delays in updating expired approvals in the casual employee payroll system (CEPS) may result in delays in processing claims for payment.

Extended approval to teach whilst on leave without pay

If you have extended your leave without pay from a permanent teaching position and have received an updated approval to teach casually, the new approval should be forwarded to the Casual Payroll Team for update on the payroll as soon as possible. Delays in updating expired approvals in the casual employees payroll system (CEPS) may result in delays in processing claims for payment.

Changing account details

If you wish to change your bank account details, you will need to complete a new Direct Deposit Account Details form and forward it to your allocated Employee Service Centre

It is advisable not to close your old account until two (2) fortnights' salaries have been deposited into the new account.


Tax is deducted automatically by the system in accordance with a formula provided by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).  The first payment made for a specific fortnight is treated as the only payment in that fortnight and is taxed accordingly as per the ATO guidelines.

Tax on total gross payment for fortnight less tax deducted on payment already made for that fortnight.


Fore more information go to Superannuation information.

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