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Relief Coordinator Allowance

What is the allowance?

Through your AEU you won an allowance for teachers who are relief coordinating.

The allowance finally recognises the extra workload and time that relief coordinators spend outside of regular working hours undertaking the role and provides some financial compensation for that work.

The 2023 Teacher Agreement now provides for an allowance to be paid to a teacher where they are appointed by the principal to coordinate relief.

The allowance is payable from Term 2 of 2023 and it is set at:

  • $1200 per term for Level 4/5/6 schools
  • $900 per term for Level 2/3 schools
  • $600 per term for Level 1 schools

The allowance is only payable to a principal with the approval of the Director – Principal Leadership.

If a School Business Manager coordinates relief, the allowance is not payable to them.

What happens where more than one teacher shares the role?

The 2023 Teacher Agreement states that where the relief coordinator role is shared, then the allowance is to be paid on a pro rata basis.

The Agreement provides two examples of how this might work.

The first example states that where the role is undertaken 0.6 by one teacher and 0.4 by another teacher, then the payment is shared 60% – 40%.

The other example says that where two teachers are appointed “to undertake the role evenly”, both teachers receive an equal payment.

Where a pro rata sharing of the payment cannot fairly be made based on the number of days each person undertakes the role, it is appropriate for the principal and the relief coordinators to reach an agreement about a fair pro rata share.

Issues to consider in that discussion could include:

  1. How many FTE staff is each coordinator organising relief for?
  2. Is one relief coordinator organising relief on days where staff are more likely to be away, such as a Monday or Friday?
  3. Is it more difficult and time consuming for one relief coordinator to find relief for the staff they are responsible for? For example, it may be easier to source primary relief teachers than high school relief teachers in a district school. Similarly, it may be easier to source Teacher Assistants than teaching staff in some schools.
  4. Are there any other local or school specific factors that impact on the time each relief coordinator spends organising relief? For example, does the relief coordinator for TeacherAssistants have to adjust timetables so that relief Teacher Assistants work with students with less complex needs and school Teacher Assistants are moved from normal duties to support students with more complex needs.
  5. Are there any other issues impacting on the role?

Circumstances change?

If circumstances materially change; how the allowance is shared should be reconsidered.

Our view is that those involved as a matter of good management practice ensure that relevant information is shared between the co-ordinators and Principal as changes occur.

How is the allowance paid?

The principal needs to submit a Payment Authorisation – Relief Coordinator form each term to authorise payment to be made to the teacher/s undertaking the relief coordinator role that term.

The allowance is then paid as a lump sum at the end of each term and a relief coordinator’s pay slip will show when the payment is made.

If you need help?

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