Education leaders: what is a relocation and how does it work?

A relocation is an at-level transfer of classified teachers. Members in classified positions become eligible for relocation:

  • after a secondment expires, if they were “unattached” during it
  • after extended leave (also “unattached”)
  • when their school loses entitlement to their position
  • when their school is re-banded
  • after the specified minimum period of service in a location
  • when there are compassionate grounds.

Applicants who are eligible on length of service grounds receive relocation points calculated similarly to teacher transfer points, which determine the priority order for relocation to available vacancies.  However, as is the case with teacher transfer points, only years of service since the most recent appointment count.

There is no guarantee that you will be successful in obtaining a relocation at the first vacancy review panel (VRP) meeting after you have submitted your relocation form.  Relocations are a vacancy driven process, and if there is not a vacancy in the area that you have applied for then you will have to wait until the next round of meetings.


The relocation process occurs twice each year for deputy principals, heads of department, heads of curriculum, HOSES and guidance officers.  For principals, heads of schools and heads of campus, it occurs each term.

Timelines are advertised on the QTU website and in the Journal once we have received this information from the department.

Notification of relocation

Applicants will only be advised by the department if they have been successful, normally within 1-2 weeks of the VRP meeting.  Positions not filled will go to an open merit process.

Applicant review panel

All applications for relocation are considered by the applicant review panel (ARP), which is comprised of departmental officers, principals association representatives and three QTU nominees.

Applications on compassionate grounds are assessed and classed according to the criteria below, and eligible applicants are then listed for the vacancy review panel meeting.

The ARP also verifies the eligibility and relative priority of applicants for relocation on length of service grounds.

Vacancy review panel

The VRP recommends to the Director-General which current vacancies should be advertised for merit selection and which should be allocated to officers seeking relocation.  The QTU has representation on this panel.

In its deliberations, the VRP considers the report from the applicant review panel on the officers seeking relocation, the history of the vacancy (how often filled by merit or relocation), and any recommendations from the relevant region.

Compassionate relocations

There are standard criteria for determining the eligibility of applicants who apply for relocation on compassionate grounds.  Those considered eligible are then classed as experiencing either (a) exceptional hardship (higher priority), or (b) pressing personal circumstances (lower priority), again using established criteria.
More in-depth information can be found on the QTU website. If you are applying for relocation, you should contact the QTU for advice and assistance.

Paige Bousen
Assistant Secretary - Education Leaders

Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 117 No 3, 20 April 2012, pp22-23