THE PROFESSIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL VOICE OF QUEENSLAND’S TEACHERS AND SCHOOL LEADERS IN STATE SCHOOLS AND TAFE FOR MORE THAN 130 YEARS.

Break entitlements - 1 September 2021

The award and certified agreement state that a full-time teacher is entitled to 225 minutes of uninterrupted meal breaks each week. A teacher working a reduced fraction will have their meal breaks calculated on a pro-rata basis, i.e. 0.6 x 225 minutes = 135 minutes.

Whether the minimum period of uninterrupted meal break per day is 45 minutes or 30 minutes will depend on whether your school has considered changing the length of the meal breaks through the LCC.

In addition to these uninterrupted meal breaks, teachers are entitled to a 10-minute rest/pause each day. This should be provided in a break separate to the time allocated for the meal break and cannot be averaged across the week. Rest/pauses are also part of a teacher's rostered duty time.

These entitlements are non-negotiable. To deny you these entitlements would be to breach the award and the certified agreement. It could also be a workplace health and safety matter.

Supply teachers are entitled to this meal break for each day they are employed, along with the 10-minute rest pause. Where schools have consulted to reduce the uninterrupted break to 30 minutes, a supply teacher who receives an uninterrupted 30-minute meal break, must also receive the additional 15 minutes (to make up the 45 minutes). Additionally, the supply teacher will be entitled to a 10-minute rest pause. This can be added to the 15-minute break, creating two distinct break periods. Meal breaks for supply teachers can be scheduled outside of the schools rostered meal break time to enable playground duty supervision to occur.

If you are not receiving the above conditions in full, you should:

1. address the issue in writing with your school leader

2. if the problem continues, raise your concerns with your Union Rep

3. contact the Department of Education or your QTU Regional Organiser for assistance should the matter still not be resolved.

For advice or assistance with matters relating to working conditions please contact our Queensland Teachers’ Assist desk on 1300 11 7823 or email qtu@qtu.asn.au

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