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Teaching Hours Of Duty And DoTT

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Hours of Duty: teachers in schools and colleges work 70 hours per fortnight and on average 200 days per year. This time excludes unpaid lunch breaks

What’s my start time?

You should be at your school at least half an hour before beginning lessons

Hours of duty

Secondary Colleges

College teachers’ normal hours of duty are from 7.45 am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. A teacher is not required to work more than 8 hours on any work day, unless approved by the Principal in exceptional circumstances.

Kindergarten to Year 10

There are no daily prescribed start and finish times for Kindergarten to Year 10 workplaces. However, teaching staff must be in attendance a half hour before lessons.

Lunch breaks — don’t give them up!

You are legally entitled to a daily lunch break of 30 continuous minutes, or longer if mutually agreed, between 10:45am and 2pm. This break is to be an unbroken continuous period, two 15-minute breaks will not be in accordance with the Agreement. This entitlement is safeguarded in the Teachers Agreement 2023.

Instructional load means regularly, timetabled face-to-face instruction of students. It includes:

  1. timetabled class teacher periods, when a class is together for the purpose of receiving administrative instruction and discussing problems which are common to the group
  2. timetabled electives offered in the school curriculum
  3. timetabled tutorial periods
  4. timetabled pastoral care periods
  5. timetabled periods for recreational and sporting activity
  6. timetabled assemblies — does not include end of year assemblies

Both daily PE and timetabled supervised eating in the teacher’s classroom are activities that are to be included when calculating instructional load.

Activities that are voluntarily undertaken and are not approved variations of your instructional load will not form part of the instructional load.

The instructional load for a full-time unpromoted teacher shall be no more than:

  1. Kindergarten to Grade 6: 42 hours per fortnight;
  2. Grade 7 to Grade 12: 40 hours per fortnight;
  3. Every hour of instructional load (as defined) undertaken after 5pm shall be counted as 1.5 hours towards an employee’s fortnightly instructional load.
  4. Approved time spent after 5pm by VET teachers on workplace visits for the purpose of student assessment will be credited at the rate of “time and one half” against the teacher’s fortnightly instructional load.
  5. The maximum Instructional load for a first-year teacher is 90% of the equivalent teaching time (pro rata)
  6. The maximum Instructional load for a second-year teacher is 95% of the equivalent teaching time (pro rata)
  7. A teacher on a Limited Authority to Teach (LAT) has the same maximum instructional load as a first year teacher.

Instructional Load and DOTT (duties other than teaching)

Primary School Teachers (K-6)

Employment statusHours of Work per fortnightInstructional Load per fortnightDOTT per fortnightPA Days
Fulltime7042284
0.9566.539.926.63.8
0.96337.825.23.6
0.8559.535.723.83.4
0.85633.622.43.2
0.7552.531.5213
0.74929.419.62.8
0.6545.527.318.22.6
0.64225.216.82.4
0.5538.523.115.42.2
0.53521142
0.4531.518.912.61.8
0.42816.811.21.6
0.3524.514.79.81.4
0.32112.68.41.2
0.2517.5107.51
0.2148.45.6 0.8 
0.1510.56.34.20.6
0.170.22.80.4

Secondary Teachers (7-12)

Employment statusHours of Work per fortnightInstructional Load per fortnightDOTT per fortnightPA Days
Fulltime7040304
0.9566.53828.53.8
0.96336273.6
0.8559.53425.53.4
0.85632243.2
0.7552.53022.53
0.74928212.8
0.6545.52619.52.6
0.64224182.4
0.5538.52216.52.2
0.53520152
0.4531.51813.51.8
0.42816121.6
0.3524.51410.51.4
0.3211291.2
0.2517.5107.51
0.214860.8
0.1510.56.34.50.6
0.170.230.4

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