Membership FAQs

Membership types

Joining online

Where can I find my DoE or TAFE payroll/employee number?

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

What do I do if I don’t have a DoE or TAFE payroll/employee number?

Providing your payroll/employee number is important as it 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?

A permanent teacher pays 0.0072 per cent of their annual salary, plus GST.

A supply/temporary teacher pays a flat rate, based on the amount of days taught in the previous calendar year.

There is more information on this below.

Dues for the current year

For teachers in Queensland state schools, click here.

For teachers and tutors in TAFE, click here.

For community teachers and assistant teachers in Aboriginal and 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).

Permanent teacher members – calculation of union dues

For a permanent teacher, membership dues are calculated at 0.0072 per cent of their annual salary for their classification as at 31 October the preceding year (plus GST), and this will cover the membership period 1 January to 31 December.

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

For a member who joins after a quarter of the year has passed, dues will be calculated to the current quarter, e.g. pro-rata quarterly to the end of the membership year in December.

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

For a temporary/supply teacher, dues are a flat rate on a sliding scale determined by the number of days taught in the state school system during the previous 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.

Dues cover the period 1 January to 31 December. For a member who joins after 1 July, 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.

**this option does not allow for the early payment discount of 10 per cent.

Once a member has authorised payment of their dues by direct debit, payment by this method is ongoing and 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 there is a debit every second pay on a pay day until the end of October. A member commencing direct debit payments mid-way through the year will have a reduced number of debit dates, so their dues will be debited over the remaining instalment dates for the membership year.

Once a member has authorised payment of their dues by direct debit, payment by this method is ongoing and 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 a member takes unpaid leave for a continuous period of at least three months and no more than 12 months, dues will be waived without any change to their "financial" membership status. This calculation is made on a quarterly basis.

If the continuous period of unpaid leave is more than 12 months, dues are not payable and membership is automatically suspended until the member returns to teaching.The member has a choice of how to deal with the excess period if they want to remain financial. They can:

  • retain full membership rights by paying half of the lowest dues amount payable by a casual/temporary teacher (this does not cover the member for supply teaching while on leave)
  • pay membership at supply/casual rates if doing supply teaching while on leave.

Dues are not normally 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 or you are inactive 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.

We will 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 normally 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 are still required to be paid.They may be reduced in proportion to the reduction in your income, calculated on a monthly basis upon written request.

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, Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal and Torres Strait descent

We ask Aboriginal and Torres Strait members to identify 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 2016 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.

Non-payment of your Union dues does not automatically cancel membership.


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