Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 126 No 8, 12 November 2021, page no.27
I am a mid-year graduate and have been on a contract for all of Semester 2. How much summer vacation pay am I entitled to?
Temporary teachers engaged for a minimum 100 days in the school year, including at least 10 days in Term 4, or who were engaged for all of Semester 2 will qualify for a lump sum summer payment (LSSP).
Formula: Number of school days paid x 20 days, divided by the actual number of days in school year.
I am a permanent teacher who is currently on unpaid leave from my base school, but I have been employed on a contract for Semester 2. Do I still receive summer vacation pay?
For permanent teachers, entitlement for the summer vacation period is based on the number of school days worked during the school year. Remote schools attract an entitlement of 33 days’ vacation. All other schools are entitled to 28 days’ vacation. Leave loading entitlement will be paid in December.
Permanent teachers who undertake periods of contract work during unpaid leave will receive a pro-rata entitlement to Christmas holiday pay in accordance with the portion of the year worked, i.e. one semester contract = 50 per cent of Christmas holiday pay.
Formula: Number of days teaching service multiplied by 28 (or 33 days) vacation, divided by the number of days in the school year.
Teachers on pay suspend (with a leave end-date of the last day of the summer holidays) over the summer vacation will receive their entitlement as a lump sum in December 2021.
I am a permanent teacher who worked full-time in Semester 1 and has since been on paid maternity leave at half pay, which will carry in to 2022. What happens over the summer vacation period?
When on paid parental leave, permanent teachers are entitled to a pro-rata payment for the Christmas vacation to reflect the proportion of teaching service (including paid leave) during the preceding year. Even if the paid leave was taken at the half-pay rate, they are entitled to the equivalent full-time pro-rata Christmas pay. You should expect to receive full payment for the summer vacation period.
Any further enquiries relating to your summer vacation pay entitlement should be addressed to your local payroll office or call QTAD on 1300 11 7823.
I plan to retire at the end of this year. Am I entitled to receive the summer vacation pay? Do I need to attend the student free days?
If you are completing the teaching year, you should terminate employment on the last day of the summer vacation, i.e. 19 January 2022, in order to ensure payment for the entire summer vacation. Whether you attend the student free days in January or not will have no impact on your entitlement.
You may be entitled to paid leave to attend pre-retirement planning seminars. Leave can also be granted for travelling to and from the seminars. This leave can be approved at the discretion of the principal.
Leave will not be granted if an employee chooses to attend a seminar during long service leave.
QSuper offers a range of seminars and webinars. Visit: https://qsuper.qld.gov.au/super/seminars or contact QSuper on 1300 360 750 for more information.