Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 124 No 8, 8 November 2019, page no. 25
I plan to retire at the end of this year. Am I entitled to receive the summer vacation pay? Do I need to attend the student-free days?
If you are completing the teaching year, you should resign as of the last day of the summer vacation, i.e. 22 January 2020, in order to ensure payment for the entire summer vacation. Whether you attend the student-free days in January or not will have no impact on your entitlement.
I am a permanent teacher currently on unpaid leave from my base school. I have been employed on a contract for semester two. Am I entitled to any payment during the Christmas break?
Permanent teachers’ entitlement for the summer vacation period is based on the number of school days worked during the school year. Remote schools attract an entitlement of 33 days’ vacation. Teachers at all other schools are entitled to 28 days’ vacation. Leave loading entitlement will be paid in December. Permanent teachers who undertake periods of contract work during unpaid leave will receive a pro-rata entitlement to Christmas holiday pay in accordance with the portion of the year worked, i.e. one semester contract = 50 per cent of Christmas holiday pay.
Formula: Number of days teaching service multiplied by 28 (or 33) days' vacation, divided by the number of days in the school year.
Teachers on pay suspend over the summer vacation (leave date last day of the holidays) will be paid their entitlement as a lump sum payment in late December.
I worked full-time in semester one and have been on paid maternity leave at half pay, which will carry into 2020. What happens over the summer vacation period?
As in the above scenario, when on paid parental leave permanent teachers are entitled to a pro-rata payment for the Christmas vacation to reflect the proportion of paid leave during the preceding year. Even if the paid leave was taken at the half-pay rate, they are entitled to the equivalent full-time pro-rata Christmas pay. You will expect to receive the full payment for the summer vacation period.
I worked in term one, but since term two I have been on a combination of sick leave from DoE and income protection with QSuper. My medical certificate covers me until the end of the summer vacation. Do I still receive payment for the summer vacation?
Yes, the department pays for school vacations that fall in the first 12 months of sick leave (paid or unpaid).
I am a mid-year graduate and have been on a contract for all of semester two. How much summer vacation pay am I entitled to?
Temporary teachers engaged for a minimum of 100 days in the school year, including at least 10 days in term four, or engaged for all of semester two will qualify for a lump sum summer payment (LSSP). Formula: Number of school days paid x 20 days divided by the actual number of days in school year
Further scenarios for temporary (contract) teachers can be accessed by visiting the QTU information brochure “Temporary teacher vacation payments” (https://www.qtu.asn.au/brittvp) or you can contact QTAD on 1300 11 7823.