How do I get a permanent job?

Thanks to QTU wins in the last enterprise bargaining agreement, your pathway to permanent employment is now clearer than ever before.

During the negotiations, the QTU secured a commitment from the department that permanent employment will be maximised (see section 11.1.3(a) of the Teachers’ Certified Agreement 2010). To ensure that this commitment is maintained, the Union obtains quarterly reports from central office updating levels of temporary teacher employment by district.  To complement this data, QTU Organisers regularly check regional data on temporary engagements.  We are extremely vigilant when it comes to these figures.

The QTU has also negotiated conditions to support the conversion to permanency of temporary teachers.  Under Queensland Public Service Temporary Employment Directive 20/10, temporary teachers who have been engaged in a continuous capacity for at least three years must be offered conversion to tenured (permanent) status.

For the purpose of determining eligibility for review of temporary employment status under the directive:

  • continuous service can include periods of supply work where the total period of supply work does not exceed 20 per cent of the total period of employment within one school year
  • eligible non-continuous service will include a cumulative total of three years’ service in the same role, provided that the breaks in employment do not exceed an aggregated total of three months (60 working days) during designated school terms in the previous three years.

If you meet the above criteria then you are well on your way to gaining permanency.  However there are things you can do to assist in gaining a permanent job.

Rating:  If you did not receive the top rating it will be difficult to get a permanent job.  The rating process is extremely important.  If you would like to know more about re-rating, go to the QTU website

State-wide service:  You should be prepared to teach in a wide range of regions and settings across the state. With support of the RAIS incentives (go to the website to find out more), working in rural and remote settings can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, allowing you to make lifelong friendships and experience different aspects of our amazing state.

Teaching in these centres means you can be prioritised to your preferred location once you decide it is time to move on.  Having said that, there are many stories told of new educators grudgingly saying “I’ll just go for three years”, only for them to still be there 10 years later with no intention of returning to the south-east corner.

If you cannot teach outside of a specific region, be sure to inform DET and provide supporting documentary evidence.  This will be taken into consideration when eligibility is achieved.

If you have any further questions about permanency, go to the QTU website or email your queries to

Seven benefits of permanency

  1. Job security
  2. Guarantee of work = guarantee of pay
  3. Superannuation benefits
  4. Access to paid forms of leave
  5. Participating in the transfer process
  6. Security of work to assist with child care placement for those with young children
  7. Ability to apply for loans with financial institutions.

These are just some of the benefits. To find out more go to

Lynn Cowie-McAlister
Assistant Secretary –  Services

Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 117 No 3, 20 April 2012, p25