Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 123 No 4, 1 June 2018, p29
What are the implications if you refuse a transfer offer?
If you have lodged a transfer application but decide not to proceed with it before transfers are released in the last week of term three, you should withdraw the application immediately.
If after receiving official notification of the transfer you decide to stay at your current school, you should in the first instance contact your current region as a matter of urgency. In some cases, the two regions involved may be prepared to cancel the transfer. If the department is not prepared to cancel the transfer, you can seek a review of the decision through the transfer appeals process. However, it would be difficult to overturn a transfer you have requested, unless emergent/compassionate reasons exist that can be supported by relevant documentation.
I’m looking to take leave without pay next year to travel. How much notice should I provide my school?
Where possible, you should give at least two clear school terms’ notice prior to the date leave is to begin. So if you intend to take leave from the start of the 2019 school year, your application for leave should be submitted to the principal by the end of term two this year. Applications will be approved at the discretion of the department, dependent on its ability to ensure that effective service delivery continues to be provided.
If I take my long service leave after seven years’ service but resign prior to reaching 10 years’ service, will I have to repay it?
No, you will not be required to repay leave already taken. Since 2005, teachers have been able to access pro-rata long service leave after seven years’ continuous service. While a payout of long service leave upon resignation from DoE can only occur after completion of 10 years’ service, teachers who have accessed long service leave as leave prior to termination will not be requested to repay it.
What is the minimum period of long service leave I can apply for?
The minimum period of long service leave that can be taken at any one time is one week, but state school teachers, including classroom teachers and those in classified positions, can access long service leave in periods of no less than one day per week or fortnight, provided requested periods of long service leave amount to:
- five days or more in total to facilitate the engagement of a replacement temporary teacher
- a lesser period, where there is no requirement to utilise the Teacher Relief Scheme (TRS).
Except in exceptional circumstances, timely notice must be given when applying for long service leave - most regional offices require two clear terms’ notice. Applications are granted subject to departmental convenience.Further information on long service leave entitlements can be accessed at: www.qtu.asn.au/brilsl