Salaries and allowances

Find out details of teachers' salaries and allowances

Salary determination

The department's Standards Based Teacher Salary Procedure (PDF 1.5MB) has been revised. The procedure is to be applied for the purposes of establishing commencing salary, eligibility for the submission of salary determination applications, and applicable salary rates for classroom teachers engaged from 1 January 2016.

The procedure has been developed in accordance with the following principles:

  • Attract and retain quality teachers to and within the department, including new and experienced teachers being engaged by the department for the first time, and re-employment of returning teachers to the department.
  • Apply Standards Based Remuneration that rewards teachers when they achieve higher levels of professional accreditation, based on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
  • Recognise relevant teaching experience to ensure that teachers are remunerated commensurately when they join the department from another teaching system (intrastate, interstate or from overseas), or when re-joining the department.

Permanent, temporary or casual teachers engaged with the department from 1 January 2016 with applicable teaching experience and/or pre-service caring for a child may be eligible for salary determination. The Salary Determination for Classroom Teachers – Information Guide (PDF 152KB) is written in line with the Standards Based Remuneration and should be read in conjunction with the Standards Based Teacher Salary Procedure (PDF 1.5MB).

The Salary Determination for Classroom Teachers - Application Form (PDF 877KB) should be completed and submitted with all supporting documents to

Please note: For non NSW public schools teaching service, statements of service, pay advice slips and/or employment contracts must evidence period of teaching (dates), unpaid leave and base salary per annum. Any salary adjustments to be made following a salary determination will be effective from the first pay period commencing on or after the date a completed application was received by the department.

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 247KB) 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

Resulting from the move to Standards Based Remuneration for teachers, the Department is considering what is appropriate for inclusion in terms of service and is developing a new Assessment of Prior Service Policy. Information about Standards Based Remuneration can be accessed at here.

At this point in time new enquiries and requests related to an Assessment of Prior Service are not being accepted until a new policy and guidelines have been published.

Requests submitted prior to 1 January 2016 from teachers who also commenced employment prior to that date will continue to be considered under the previous guidelines with the outcome communicated to those teachers.

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 237 KB) for full details before submitting a teaching application for rental subsidy (PDF 523 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 apply for payment of a locality allowance. Find the application form on the HR intranet (requires login).

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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Employee Self Service (ESS)

Most enquiries about salaries and allowances can be answered using ESS which is easily accessed via the staff portal (requires login).


For other enquiries about salaries and allowances, call EDConnect Tel: 1300 32 32 32 or submit an online query.