With a number of public holidays recently, it's timely to look at when lost non-contact time (NCT) can be claimed back, and when it can't.
All teachers have access to NCT, and this should be replaced if lost as a result of planned school activities, defined as those things that form part of the school calendar and are known, e.g. excursions, school camps, sports carnivals etc. Where non-contact time is unable to be accessed by a teacher due to planned school activities, consultation will occur to make alternative arrangements with the teacher for replacement of such.
Those activities regarded as unforeseen, such as evacuations, are excluded, and so are public holidays. Furthermore, NCT lost on public holidays cannot be reclaimed.
Also excluded are the accessing of leave entitlements, student free days, and professional development (where requested by the teacher rather than by the school). These are not recognised as a way to repay lost NCT either.
For advice or assistance with matters relating to working conditions please visit the QTU website: https://www.qtu.asn.au.
Alternatively, contact our Queensland Teachers’ Assist desk on 1300 11 7823 or email email@example.com
Uploaded 5 May 2021