Part-time teachers must be employed for less than 0.9 FTTE (Full-time teacher equivalent) which is 22.5 hours per week. The reason for this is that part-time teachers are paid the 11% loading under STCA 4.5.1(a) or ASTCA 3.26.1. This additional payment is in recognition of the extent to which part-time teachers share in the activities of the school outside classroom teaching. The effect is that at 22.5 hours, a part-time teacher receives a full-time salary.
The percentage of the salary is shown on pay advice notices in the second to last column before the gross fortnightly salary. The number of hours a teacher works is divided by 22.5.
When the percentage is applied to a full-time salary the part-time salaries is calculated.
e.g. $68980 x 0.53330 = $36787.03, and
$68980 x 0.75560 = $52121.29
The fortnightly salary is then calculated by dividing the part-time salary by 365 and multiplying by 14.
Part-time teachers may hold units, middle management allowances and the careers allowance at the full rate whereas the service increment and the high priority teacher supply allowance are examples of payments where the entitlement is pro rated.
Permanent part-time teachers receive their increments as they move up the salary scale on an annual basis whereas non-permanent part-time teachers receive their increment when they have accumulated sufficient service. This is 1000 hours under the STCA (4.2.3.(d)(iii)) and 950 hours under the ASTCA (3.26.5.(b)).
Part-time teachers may receive salary in addition to their normal hours of employment. A part-time teacher may have part of their position permanent and other hours for a year which are not tenured. The teacher's pay advice notice will show this by showing their pay as two lines on the payslip, one for the permanent job and another for the untenured hours.
Another example is when a part-time teacher is requested to work additional part-time hours. If these additional hours are for a period shorter than four weeks, these hours will be paid at 1/855 of the appropriate salary rate including holiday pay. When the employment is for a period longer than four weeks, the teacher must receive written confirmation of this and the salary is recalculated on the basis of the total hours now worked.
A common situation is that a part-time teacher may be asked to do some relief. In that situation the work is treated as a separate job and the payment is based on 1/190 for a day or 1/950 per hour inclusive of holiday pay.
A first-year teacher who is part-time for more than 0.5 FTTE will be entitled to receive 0.1 FTTE (2.5 hours) beginning teacher time allowance during this first year of employment. This is delivered to the teacher in the form of additional hours or salary. Thus a teacher on 13.5 hours would be paid for 16 hours.
Permanent part-time teachers are paid through each vacation including the long vacation over Christmas and New Year. Teachers who are not permanent will have their holiday pay paid out at the end of a school year as Payroll have no certainty that employment will continue in the next school year. Payroll has well developed systems to separate out permanent, non-permanent and variable part-time hours of work.
Part-time teachers can hold salary units at the same rate as full-time teachers.