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Contract work and permanent positions

Myth : I know that I need to do three years on contract before I can be made permanent.

Fact : This is an incorrect statement.

A teacher can be employed on a permanent basis without the requirement to undertake three years of continuous contract work. Permanent appointments should be based on areas of demand and occur where there is a substantive vacancy.

Teachers seeking permanent employment should ensure that their application with the Teacher Applicant Centre (TAC) is current, that they have a current suitability ranking and that they regularly monitor the Department’s current and future temporary vacancy web page (which also advertises permanent vacancies).

DET’s Teach Queensland website  indicates that permanent offers are made on the basis of teaching capabilities, location preference, availability to commence and suitability rankings. The memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the QTU and DETE  to provide long-term temporary teachers with an offer of permanent employment (as a result of teachers’ EB6 campaigning in 2009) is certainly not the only path to permanent employment with DET.

[Information updated 17 April 2014]