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Teacher transfers

Myth :  Teachers can be transferred anywhere in Queensland, and there’s nothing they can do about it. 

Fact :  The Public Service Act 2008 does give the Director-General the power to transfer a teacher from one location to another, but these decisions can be appealed “on reasonable grounds”. There is no clear definition of reasonable grounds given in the act or other documents; experience shows that teachers are more likely to appeal successfully if they can demonstrate that the transfer would cause “exceptional hardship”. This may be a very serious medical conditions suffered by the teacher or a member of his or her family that cannot be managed in the new location, or significant impacts on child custody and access arrangements.

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[Information updated July 2017]