Teacher promotion and transfer
With such a wide range of schools and locations to choose from, you can look forward to a variety of career progression options including promotion and transfer – all while still remaining under the one employer.
With such a wide range of schools and locations to choose from, you can look forward to a variety of career progression options – all while still remaining under the one employer.
If you are applying for an executive position in a school you will need to address the general selection criteria. More information is available in the documents below:
- Information to Support Applicants Addressing the General Selection Criteria for Executive and Principal Positions (PDF 0.09MB) (PDF 295.2KB)
- Staffing Procedure for the Teaching Service in NSW Public Schools (PDF 0.13MB) (PDF 561.97KB)
If you are seeking promotion as head teacher or you are applying for advertised head teacher positions you will need to check that you meet the academic and teacher training requirements (staff only) for the position.
Existing permanent classroom teachers may apply for advertised classroom teacher positions in other public schools.
Teachers in some of our rural or remote schools are also eligible to apply for an incentive transfer, to a suitable vacancy at another school after serving a required number of years in a rural or remote school. They are considered, along with Aboriginal teachers, at the first step in the staffing processes.
Permanent classroom teachers accrue transfer points according to their school's location. Transfer points are one factor used to rank teachers applying for transfer in relative priority. For information on the number of transfer points assigned to each school, view the Organisation of public schools in NSW by staffing area (XLSX 0.13MB).
In some cases, teachers and executive staff and principals may be nominated to be transferred to another school. This usually happens as a result of changes in school enrolments and the subjects offered by your school may mean you are nominated to be transferred to a position in another school. Information relating to nominated transfers is available in the following documents:
- Reductions in Staff Entitlements - Procedures for the Nomination for Transfer of Teachers (PDF 0.04MB)
- Annual Review of Primary Executive Entitlement – Primary Executive Review Guidelines (PDF 0.05MB)
- Annual Review of Secondary Executive Entitlement – Secondary Executive Review Guidelines (PDF 0.11MB).
If you are a permanent full time or part time teacher and you are required to move home due to an appointment to a new location you may be eligible for a range of benefits. This applies to people deemed to be "transferred officers" under clause 1(u) of the Transferred Officers' Compensation Determination No 1 of 2001. Full details are contained in the following documents:
- Transferred Officers' Compensation Determination No 1 of 2001 (PDF 0.1MB)
- Transferred Officers' Compensation Determination Information Kit - Education Teaching Service (PDF 0.63MB)
Moving home within the Sydney metropolitan area does not qualify you for such benefits.
If you are eligible for transfer, and wish to be considered for a transfer to a different school you will need to submit an application using the online transfer system for teachers. This to also where you can update your existing application for transfer.
Local Transfer Scheme
The Local Transfer Scheme provides opportunities for permanent classroom teachers and executive staff (other than principal) to gain new skills, experiences and professional understandings.
The scheme allows a permanent transfer to occur between teachers at the same position level or similar subject/teaching accreditation within the same school staffing area.
Permanent classroom teachers and executive staff in NSW public schools who have been at their current school for five years or more and satisfy the eligibility criteria for the position to which they are seeking transfer.
Teachers and executive staff are not eligible to participate in the scheme if:
- they have been identified as experiencing difficulty with their teaching performance
- they are currently subject to disciplinary procedures
- participation in the scheme would change return-to-work or prevent a return-to-work plan from being achieved in regard to any current workers compensation claim.
Teachers who successfully apply for permanent transfer under the scheme will enjoy the employment conditions applicable to their new school. The benefits under the Transferred Officers' Compensation determination do not apply. Successful applicants will commence duties in their new schools on day one of term one.
Read the Local Transfer Scheme Guidelines (DOCX 60.79KB) for more detailed information about eligibility and the application process.
Permanent teachers and executive staff in NSW public schools who wish to apply for transfer through the Local Transfer Scheme will need to submit an application using the online transfer system for teachers.