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Strengthened NCT provisions

The right of all teachers and school leaders to non-contact time (NCT) was strengthened and enshrined in the award and the certified agreement, and it is important that all QTU members understand this right.

  • Rostered duty time of a teacher will be 25 hours per week, and with some exceptions, will commence no earlier than 8:30 and conclude no later than 15.30.
  • The rostered duty time of a classroom teacher in secondary schools will include no more than 20 hours and 40 minutes of rostered face-to-face teaching, and no less than three hours and 30 minutes (210 minutes) of rostered preparation and correction time.
  • The rostered duty time of a classroom teacher in primary schools and secondary schools will include no more than 22 hours and 10 minutes of rostered face-to-face teaching, and no less than two hours (120 minutes) of rostered preparation and correction time.
  • The rostered time for specialist teachers and for teacher-librarians in primary and special schools is the same as that for a classroom teacher.
  • NCT is rostered duty time allocated for the purposes of preparation and correction.
  • NCT should be allocated in blocks of no less than one half-hour, and preferably in blocks of one hour.

Lost NCT should be replaced if due to 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. They don’t include unforeseen activities, such as evacuations, accessing leave entitlements, student free days, public holidays, and professional development (where requested by the teacher rather than by the school). 

If you are required to attend a planned school activity and are consequently going to lose NCT, you should have prior discussions with the school leader as to when it will be replaced. NCT does not have to be made up in the week that it is lost, but the agreement in primary and special schools is that it should be made up by the end of the term in which the loss occurs. 

A process to replace lost NCT, including the timeframe, should be agreed following consultation through the local consultative committee (LCC). If the school has such a process, agreement should not be unreasonably withheld.

For more information, visit http://www.qtu.asn.au/nct

Uploaded 21 February 2018

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