Your QTU membership - FAQs

Membership types

Becoming a QTU member

We have been fighting for the rights of Queensland teachers since 1889, and today, as then, we are here to help you in times of difficulty, to negotiate the best pay and conditions and to work on your behalf to promote your career. More than 40,000 teachers in the Queensland Government’s primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, senior colleges, and TAFE colleges currently benefit from QTU membership.

Select the "New member" option to join the QTU now.

Once your application is processed, you will receive your member number and a password giving you access to the secure areas of the QTU website (www.qtu.asn.au), such as the Member Portal. You will also be mailed a membership card.

Becoming a QTU associate (student) member

Queensland-resident student-teachers are eligible for free associate student membership of the QTU, which entitles them to: free access to legal/officer assistance related to practical teaching in schools; access to Union branch meetings; the Queensland Teachers' Journal; use of the Queensland Teachers' Union library; a membership card and access to Union Shopper and Teachers' Union Health.

Once your application is processed, you will receive a password giving you access to the secure areas of the QTU website (www.qtu.asn.au), such as the Member Portal, and you will be mailed your membership card.

Select the "New associate (student) member" option to join the QTU now.

Associate (student) member upgrading to full membership

Once you find employment with the department, you will need the protection and support that only full membership of the QTU can offer.

To upgrade to full membership, please enter your membership number and password and log in. 

Your current membership number will start with an "A" followed by six digits.   If you need to retrieve your password, simply enter your member number and click on “Retrieve password” and it will be emailed to you.

Resigned or retired member rejoining

If you have been a member in the past, and want to rejoin, it couldn't be easier.  Simply enter your past member number, which is also your DETE payroll number, and retrieve your password so that you can log in and get started.  If for some reason you are unable to log in, simply join as a new member.


Joining online

Where can I find my DET payroll number?

Your DET payroll number is a seven digit number which can be found on your pay advice.

What do I do if I don’t have a DET payroll number?

Providing your payroll number is important as it is easy to remember and is therefore used as your membership number.  However, if you haven’t yet received your first pay advice, it is possible to join online without it.  You will be issued a temporary member number and will be asked to contact us as soon as you receive a payroll number so that we can amend our records.

Where do I find my classification?

Your classification can be found on your pay advice.

What if my workplace is not listed?

Please contact the Union so that we can investigate and, if necessary, add your workplace to our list of workplaces.

I am a supply teacher, how can I enter my workplace?

As a supply teacher, you are not based in any particular school and your workplace will be changing regularly. For that reason, you do not have to provide one.  The QTU only records a workplace for permanent teacher members and temporary teacher members on a contract.


Payment and dues information

How much will I pay for my membership?

Permanent teachers pay 0.72 of one per cent of their annual salary.

Supply and temporary teachers pay a flat rate calculated on the supply teacher classification, based on the amount of days taught in the previous calendar year. 

Dues for current year

  • For teachers in Queensland state schools click here
  • For teachers and tutors in TAFE click here
  • For Community Teachers, Assistant Teachers in Aboriginal & Islander Community Schools click here
How can I pay for my membership?

There are a number of payment options available to you when joining online.

  • Direct debit
  • BPay
  • Credit card (via Post Bill Pay)
  • Request an invoice to pay by another means
Permanent teacher members – calculation of union dues

If you are a permanent teacher, your membership dues are calculated at 0.0072 per cent of the salary for your classification as at 31 October the preceding year, and cover the period 1 January to 31 December.

If you are employed on a part-time basis, your dues are calculated by multiplying the dues payable for your classification by your employment fraction. If the employment fraction changes, dues will be calculated on a quarterly basis in arrears.

If you joined after a quarter of the year had passed, your dues will be calculated to the current quarter. 

Full details of how QTU dues are calculated can be found in the QTU Constitution and Rules.

Temporary/supply teacher members – calculation of union dues

As a temporary/supply teacher, you pay a flat rate determined by the number of days that you taught in the state school system during the preceding year.  The highest rate is 0.0030 per cent of the classification of a classroom teacher on the highest classification as at 31 October the preceding year.

Your dues cover the period 1 January to 31 December. If you joined the QTU halfway through the calendar year, your dues will be half of the annual amount.

Full details of how QTU dues are calculated can be found in the QTU Constitution and Rules.

Direct debit payment options for permanent teachers

The QTU offers two direct debit options:

  • One annual instalment in March each year #
  • Ten monthly instalments from February to October each year **

# The annual instalment is debited in March, enabling permanent teachers to be eligible to pay the discounted amount of union dues for the membership year.

** The first monthly instalment is debited on a pay day in February each year and every four weeks on a pay day until the end of October.  A member commencing monthly direct debit instalments mid way through the year will have their dues debited pro-rata over the remaining instalment dates for the membership year.  This option does not allow for the early payment discount of 10%.

The QTU will send a direct debit statement each November outlining dates and payment amounts for the following year.

A Direct Debit Request Customer Authority remains in place until a member notifies the QTU in writing.

Direct debit payment options for contract/supply teachers

The QTU offers two direct debit options:

  • One annual instalment in March each year
  • Ten monthly instalments from February to October each year **

** The first monthly instalment is debited on a pay day in February each year and then every four weeks on a pay day until the end of October. A member commencing direct debit payments mid way through the year will have their dues debited pro-rata over the remaining instalment dates for the membership year.

The QTU will send a direct debit statement each November outlining dates and payment amounts for the following year.

A Direct Debit Request Customer Authority remains in place until a member notifies the QTU in writing.


Going on leave

Permanent teacher members - How are dues calculated for unpaid leave?

If you take unpaid leave for a continuous period of at least three months and no more than 12 months, your dues will be waived without any change to your "financial" membership status. This calculation is made on a quarterly basis.

If the continuous period of unpaid leave is more than 12 months, you have a choice of how you want to deal with the excess period. You can:

  • retain full membership rights by paying half of the lowest dues amount payable by a casual/temporary teacher
  • defer your membership for the part of the leave period which is in excess of 12 months, with no dues payable for that period. 

Dues are not waived if you take unpaid leave for less than three months.

Temporary/supply teacher members - How are dues calculated for unpaid leave?

If you take unpaid leave for a continuous period of at least six months and no more than 12 months, your dues will be waived without any change to your "financial" membership status. This calculation is made on a half-yearly basis.

If the continuous period of unpaid leave is more than 12 months, you have a choice of how you want to deal with the excess period. You can:

  • retain full membership rights by paying half of the lowest dues amount payable by a casual/temporary teacher
  • defer your membership for the part of the leave period which is in excess of 12 months, with no dues payable for that period.

Dues are not waived if you take unpaid leave for less than six months.

Permanent teacher members - How are dues calculated for paid leave?

If you take leave on full pay, there is no reduction in dues.

However, if the leave is on half pay (e.g. maternity leave or long service leave) or on a reduced rate (e.g. QSuper income protection, WorkCover), your dues will be reduced in proportion to the reduction in your income, calculated on a monthly basis.

Temporary/supply teacher members - How are dues calculated for paid leave?

If you take leave on full pay, there is no reduction in dues.

However, if the leave is on half pay (e.g. maternity leave or long service leave) or on a reduced rate (e.g. QSuper income protection, WorkCover), your dues will be reduced in proportion to the reduction in your income, calculated on a monthly basis.


Other questions

What is the Australian Education Union – Qld Branch AEU(Q)?

While education has historically been a state prerogative, issues that impact on state schools and TAFE institutes are increasingly being decided on a national level. That's why, unless they advise otherwise, all members of the QTU automatically become members of the Australian Education Union, the union representing the interests of state school and TAFE educators on the federal stage.

Identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent

We ask Aboriginal and Torres Strait members to indentify as such to help us better serve their needs. The QTU is committed to developing services for its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members, and providing a forum for debate of and advocacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and social issues.

Indigenous Australian education network

The QTU has an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educators Network for members who would like to receive information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and current issues.

Why should I provide my email address?

Events move quickly in education, and it is hugely important that you keep up to date with the latest news. Giving us your email address allows us to fill you in on the latest developments as soon as they happen. 

Why should I provide my phone numbers?

A telephone number enables us to contact you quickly if we have a question about your membership.

Why should I provide my residential address?

The Industrial Relations Act 1999 requires the Union to maintain a register of residential addresses for all members. 

How do I cancel my membership?

The rules for resigning from the QTU  are referred to in "Section 1.5 Resignation of members" in the QTU Constitution and Rules (you will need your membership number and password to access this document).

Resignation from the QTU requires a written cancellation to the General Secretary, and any dues outstanding at the time of cancellation must be paid. An email is acceptable. 

Please note, non-payment of your Union dues does not cancel your membership.


Need more information or advice on joining?

Please contact the QTU membership section.