Your Income, Entitlements, Conditions, Transfers And Leave

Your Income

2014 General Agreement

If you commence full time employment then the following table details the base salary that you will earn as agreed by the Department and the SSTUWA.

Base SalaryCasual Relief (December 2015
LevelRateRate p/hour*

*Casual Rates inc. 20% loading in lieu of leave allowances.


As an employee of the Department of Education you can become a member of the Western Australian Government's Superannuation scheme. For more information visit their website online at


All union members have access to a complete copy of The School Education Act Employees’ (Teachers and Administrators) General Agreement 2014 which details everything about your rights and responsibilities as an employee of the Department of Education.

The following are some of the significant issues you should be aware of:

Graduate Entitlements

  • Graduate teachers in their first two years of employment are entitled to an allowance of $1,600 per annum.
  • Graduate teachers are entitled to a curriculum materials and contingency allowance of $78 for secondary teachers and $150 for primary teachers.
  • Because of distance, isolation and other factors many country schools automatically carry a salary loading. These can range from $517 per annum in some schools to as much as $19,000 per annum at a number of remote locations.
  • Some metropolitan schools also carry loadings of between $2,000 and $3,000 per annum.
  • You’re entitled to lease a laptop computer.
  • You are entitled to Graduate Teacher Release Time - 77 extra minutes per week in primary and 80 extra minutes per week in secondary.
  • You’ll get four days a year for Graduate Teacher Professional Development during your first two years, two of which will come from your Graduate Teacher Release Time.
  • You are also entitled to a mentor in your first year of teaching.
  • You should receive a letter from the department with all details of your posting including details concerning your travelling to your school, your accommodation and the transporting of your furniture and effects.
  • If you are required to take temporary accommodation in a hotel or motel or similar you are entitled to allowances while you live there.

Conditions Of Employment

Teaching hours

The maximum face to face teaching hours each week for 2011 are:

  • Secondary 21 hours 20 min.
  • Primary 21 hours 50 min.
  • Pre-Primary 21 hours 20 min.

DOTT (Duties Other than Teaching)

The purpose of DOTT is to undertake duties focussing on preparation of teaching, learning and assessment.

  • DOTT time for teachers each week is: Secondary 320 min.
  • Primary 240 min.
  • Pre-Primary 320 min.

NB. First year teachers get additional DOTT

Yard duty

All teachers are required to undertake supervision of students outside of official instruction hours in order to fulfil each school’s duty of care to students.

This duty should be shared out to all teaching and administration staff in a fair and equitable manner.

Meeting attendance

The principal can require teachers to attend whole-of-staff meetings outside the normal school day or normal operating hours totalling five hours per term.

Leave Entitlements

Types Of Leave Entitlements

Without going in to all of the details be aware that teachers are entitled to:

  • Sick Leave
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Cultural/Ceremonial Leave
  • Defence Forces Reserves Leave
  • Emergency Services Leave
  • Carer’s leave
  • International Sporting Events Leave
  • Leave Without Pay
  • Local Government Leave
  • Long Service Leave
  • Parental Leave
  • Short Leave
  • Study/Examination Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Witness/Jury Service Leave
  • Candidates for Parliament Leave
  • Trade Union Training Leave
  • Public Holiday Leave
  • Remote Teaching Service Leave
  • Family Domestic Violence Leave

Remote Teaching Service Leave

Teachers who are posted to remote schools are entitled to additional leave based upon their length of service in remote areas. This can accumulate up to 22 weeks for those who have spent eight semesters of continuous and good service.

Workers Compensation

In addition to sick pay, if you are injured at work you are entitled to workers compensation.

SSTUWA Journey Cover

Members of the SSTUWA have access to Journey Accident Cover insurance, provided free of charge as part of their membership. If you are injured during your work commute, you may be able to access this insurance.

If you’re a union member, then direct any other queries or problems to Member Assist on 9210 6060 - or toll free on 1800 199 073 - or email