Experienced senior teachers

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The Experienced Senior Teacher classification

[updated 27 Mar 2019]

The Experienced Senior Teacher (EST) classification resulted from the settlement package offered by the state government during EB6 (2009).   

The purpose of the EST classification is to recognise and reward Senior Teachers and the work that they do.

It is a merit-based selection process – the awarding of the classification is based on assessing the relative merit of each application against the criteria and position requirements outlined in the role description. 

2019 EST Recruitment and Selection Timelines

Activity EST
(Eligible 1 July 2018 –30 June 2019)
Advertisement Date 22-Feb-19
Panel Membership Confirmed 22-Feb-19
Closing Date 29-Mar-19
Process Applications 01-Apr-19
Email Applications to Panel Chairs 23-Apr-19
Selection Report due in Central Office 24-May-19
Appointment Release date 15-Jul-19

NB: Please Note:- While the appointment release date is hoped to be 15 July 2019, unforeseen circumstances may have an impact on this date. Every effort will be made to inform applicants of any significant delay


The QTU successfully negotiated to compress the EST eligibility timelines during the EB8 (2016) negotiations.

 As a result of that advocacy,

  • a four year-trained senior teacher now becomes eligible after just two years of full-time equivalent service, and
  • a three year-trained senior teacher becomes eligible after just five years of full-time equivalent service.

All applicants must be currently employed with the Department of Education as a Senior Teacher with a classification of either AO3/04 or A23/03/04 and  be registered with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT).

Applicants must also meet any mandatory requirements outlined in the role description. 

The department states that no late or incomplete applications will be accepted.  

The current Experienced Senior Teacher recruitment round is advertised on Smart Jobs and Careers website. Please note you will need to register a login before you can apply.

If you are unsure on your eligibility for the Experienced Senior Teacher status, please contact the Teacher Classification Team via email  tct@qed.qld.gov.au  and include your full name and 7 digit employee ID number.

Further Information & QTU assistance

Further Information & QTU assistance

For further information, access:

If you have further questions, please contact the QTU's Queensland Teachers' Assist Desk (QTAD) by phone on 1300 11 7823 or by email to qtad@qtu.asn.au

Page updated 21 July 2018

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