Salaries and allowances

Find out details of teachers' salaries and allowances

Salary packaging

Salary packaging allows eligible employees to receive part of their pre-tax remuneration in the form of benefits rather than receiving it all in salary. Salary packaging restructures the way in which employees receive income, which may maximise disposable income. Salary packaging can offer greater flexibility of an employee's remuneration to match their individual lifestyle and lifecycle choices.

Teachers in schools and TAFE and related employees
Salary packaging services for DET teachers in schools and TAFE and related employees is administered by SmartSalary. Teachers and related employees can access the SmartSalary website, learn how salary packaging works, apply for participation in salary packaging, or review their current packaging arrangements.

Contact and access details for SmartSalary (DOC 0.03MB).

Non-teaching staff
Most full-time and part-time public servants, school administrative managers, school administrative officers, general assistants, farm assistants, and TAFE administrative staff will be eligible to salary package. 

State Authorities Superannuation Scheme (SASS) salary sacrifice

From 1 April 2007 contributors to SASS will be able to pay their compulsory personal superannuation contributions to SASS from before tax salary (Salary Sacrifice) or from a combination of before tax and after tax salary.

SASS salary sacrifice information (DOC 0.04MB)
SASS salary sacrifice FAQS (DOC 0.05MB)

Interested staff should download and complete the Salary Sacrifice Nomination Form (DOC 0.07MB).

Deferred Salary Scheme

The Deferred Salary Scheme for teachers in schools and TAFE and related employees (PDF 0.28MB) allows participants to take a year away from their position for professional development and renewal experiences such as participation in return to industry schemes, other industry experience, post graduate study, working in overseas education systems or other activities.

The Deferred Salary Scheme is a five-year scheme whereby participants will defer part of their salary for the first four years of the scheme and will be paid the deferred salary in the fifth year.

Assessment of prior service

A teacher may apply for an assessment of prior service for salary purposes. Find out more.

Transferred officer's compensation

A transferred officer required to move residence may be entitled to compensation under the Determination for Transferred Officers Compensation (PDF 0.1MB).

A transfered officer means an officer who has been appointed to a new location for an indefinite period of time other than from one part of the Sydney metropolitan area to another, and as a consequence of that appointment finds it necessary to leave the officer's existing residence and to take up a new residence. It does not include an officer on first employment, re-employment or transferred at their own request.

Relocation subsidy

On first employment or re-employment permanent teachers are not eligible for the provisions of the transferred officers compensation determination. Instead, teachers appointed to schools on the list of schools which attract the relocation subsidy for new appointees (DOCX 0.03MB) may be entitled to a relocation subsidy when it is necessary for them to leave their existing residence. Relocation subsidy application form (DOCX 0.02MB).

Rental subsidy

In general, teachers are expected to find their own accommodation. Teachers serving in country localities often have difficulty in finding suitable accommodation in areas in which there is a shortage of satisfactory private rental accommodation. To assist them, the Teacher Housing Authority (THA) maintains a number of houses and villa units throughout the state at market rental rates.

The department provides rental subsidies to those teachers in eight-point, six-point and four-point incentive schools who are either living in THA accommodation or who are eligible for THA accommodation and have been unsuccessful in obtaining that accommodation and are required to rent privately.

The rental subsidy paid is 90 per cent for teachers at eight-point schools, 70 percent for teachers at six-point schools and 50 per cent for teachers in four-point incentive schools. Conditions apply and teachers should refer to the rental subsidy information sheet (DOC 0.02MB) for full details before submitting a  teaching application for rental subsidy (PDF 630 KB) .

Locality allowance

If you are appointed to one of these eligible schools (PDF 0.09MB), you are eligible for payment of a locality allowance (climatic disability, isolation from socio economic goods and services or motor vehicle).

As the rate of locality allowance is dependent upon a teacher's personal circumstances it cannot be paid to you automatically. You must make application for payment of a locality allowance. Application form (PDF 0.01MB) and instruction sheet (PDF 0.02MB).

You may also be entitled to an allowance in respect of vacation travel expenses and/or for reimbursement of certain expenses related to medical or dental treatment. For a claim form, please ask at your school or contact employee services.


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Newcastle - for school teachers in the following regions:

  • Hunter & Central Coast
  • Northern Sydney
  • Western Sydney
  • New England
  • North Coast

Tel: 1300 338 001
Fax: 1300 338 121
Email: Employee Services Newcastle

Wollongong - for school teachers in the following regions:

  • Illawarra & South East
  • Riverina
  • South Western Sydney
  • Sydney
  • Western NSW

Tel: 1300 338 002
Fax: 1300 338 122
Email: Employee Services Wollongong