Following confirmation of your timetable, it’s important to know your working conditions. Members should familiarise themselves with the basic industrial entitlements including the hours of duty, meal breaks, bus and playground duty and the allocation of duties to ensure their working conditions are being met. The basic entitlements of a full-time teacher are:
25 hours of ROSTERED DUTY TIME per week (30 hours for a full time instrumental music teacher or instructor).
10 minutes REST PAUSE provided each day at a time separate to the meal break. Cannot be averaged across a week.
45 minutes uninterrupted MEAL BREAK each day. Can be modified through consultative arrangements.
The meal break should fall between 11:00am and 2:00pm. Any changes should be made in consultation with the LCC.
Standard hours of instruction should fall between 8:30am and 3:30pm. Any changes should be made in accordance with the award.
A bus and playground duty roster developed in consultation with the LCC.
For Primary School teachers:
120 minutes of NON-CONTACT TIME. Must be minimum 30-minute blocks.
22 hours and 10 minutes maximum FACE TO FACE teaching time.
For High School Teachers:
210 minutes of NON CONTACT TIME. Must be a unit no less than a standard school lesson.
20 hours and 40 minutes maximum FACE TO FACE teaching time.
NB: From 2021, teachers within their first 12 months of teaching will receive an additional 60 minutes NCT per week in primary and special schools and an additional 70 minutes NCT per week in secondary schools.
Members can access our QTU guide: Timetabling issues for teachers in Queensland state schools here: https://www.qtu.asn.au/qtuguide-timetabling
Meanwhile, the Teaching in State Education Award – State 2016, outlines the industrial rights of members in Part 5 - Hours of work and related matters: https://www.qirc.qld.gov.au/.../teaching_state_ed_010918...
Members can also seek advice from the school-based union reps and the principal relating to their timetable or contact the Queensland Teachers’ Assist Desk for advice on 1300 11 7823.
Uploaded 3 February 2021