What is Casual Relief Teaching?
Casual Relief Teaching jobs (CRT) also known as emergency teaching, substitute teaching and supply teaching. Relief teachers are contacted at very short notice by educational institutions when regular staff members are absent. Schools contact teachers early in the morning, usually before 7am and provide details of the school location and work hours. Casual relief teachers (CRT) play a critical role in accommodating an essential teaching service. Emergency teachers are obligated to satisfy the same code of conduct as an ongoing education department employee. Substitute teachers provide an essential service of supplying a professional service of continuing to educate students in accordance to specific instructions left by the permanent teacher.Classroom management, lesson delivery, student assistance and explanation are all included in the professional conduct guidelines. Casual Relief Teachers have the same obligations in upholding the same social, educational and welfare student requirements as imposed by the school charter and state education department authorities. Casual Relief Teaching jobs also provide the opportunity for individuals to determine whether or not teaching is suited to their personality and ability.

Qualifications: Secondary / Primary School Teacher Jobs

A recognised and accredited degree and state government education department registration is required. In Victoria, CRTs are required to be registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). A criminal record check and Working with Children check is mandatory. A teacher’s subject teaching methodology is not of major emphasis for relief teaching. Experience and teaching disciplines are taken into consideration for contract and long term employment, usually in the secondary school sector.

What skills and experience are required for Casual Relief Teaching Jobs?

  • A comprehensive resume listing all your experiences, qualifications and overall qualities as an educator is your gateway to CRT jobs. In some cases the school might require specialist skills with additional qualifications.
  • A friendly, personable quality is essential for everyday student teacher interaction. This also assists in developing further contacts by effectively networking with colleagues to increase your future employment opportunities.
  • Experience in classroom management, lesson planning and delivery to successfully carry out instructions as noted by the absent staff member.
  • Knowledge upon accessing school resources.
  • Knowledge upon key leadership or management personnel as required for curriculum or student management purposes.
  • Creative lessons to engage student participation.
  • IT skills in utilising technology, especially the Smart board.
  • Being flexible and adaptable concerning work hours, days and discipline areas.
  • Professionalism and abiding by the code of practice and conduct at times.
  • Common sense and enthusiasm to contribute in making a difference in all welfare, social and educational needs of students under your duty of care.

Graduates and experienced staff can apply directly to schools for employment by expressing interest online, writing or by simply contacting the daily organiser by telephone. Casual relief teaching is very competitive in Australia. Victoria has approximately 17,000 to 22,000 staff seeking teaching jobs each week. Teachers interested in casual relief teaching need to be pro active and continually forward an expression of interest by sending updated resumes, visiting schools and contacting key management personnel throughout the year. Utilising the free jobs and resource services of government and non government agencies is cost effective and increases teaching opportunities. Refer to government and non government teaching jobs and resources as listed on our website Services & Info feature.

Many CRT Staff do not rely upon emergency teaching as a main source of income due to the unpredictable and unstable nature of relief teaching. Most relief teaching occurs between second and third term. To increase your job scope regular contact with schools and following up job opportunities in conjunction with networking is the key to sourcing employment throughout the year. Although some teachers prefer the flexibility of the work conditions of relief teaching, most teachers utilise this experience to accumulate a variety of experience and skills to include in their resumes and apply for permanent, ongoing, full time teaching positions. Teachers also use relief teaching to satisfy the minimum number of teaching hours to maintain teacher licence with state government accreditation authorities.

Jobs Info, Agencies & Resources

Australian Government- Department of Education Employment & Workplace relations

Jobs Services Australia is an Australian based contracted amalgamated job seeking and training initiative consisting of large, medium and small non profit and profit based employment services for more than 200 locations Australia wide. A referral organisation, connecting job seekers with government and non government employment and training agencies.
Australian Job Search – An Australian Government Initiative
Victoria Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)
Information for Casual Relief Teachers and Teachers Not In Schools, Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) Registration Card and Approval to teach Letter.
South Australia
Relief Teaching Process: http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/recruit/pages/teachinSA/ProcessTemp/
Refer to “Teaching in South Australia Guidelines” or refer to the recruitment website: http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/recruit/a8_publish/modules/publish/content.asp?id=28123&navgrp=962
Education Queensland
Western Australia

ACT Government- Education and Training

Online Teacher Referral Job Service

No Commissions, Finder’s Fees or Contracts

Emergency Teachers Australia Pty Ltd (Australia wide Service)
Emergency Teacher Australia Pty Ltd (ETA) www.emergencyteachers.com.au is Australia’s largest online teacher referral job service.  ETA offers a FREE Jobs Online Self Service and Jobs Alert Twitter feature. ETA’s main service is a subscription based e-profile job service. A one off annual fee is required for this service. Teachers complete an online e-profile and select work regions in accordance to preference. Employers contact teachers directly after locating staff e-profiles online. Simple and direct. ETA staff also sends your contact details to schools throughout the year and vacancies from The Age, Saturday’s education supplement. (Victorian subscribers only). No commissions, finder’s fees or contracts. Schools and teachers have the freedom to establish work agreements in accordance to their requirements. A cost effective, non-restrictive and reliable new age online process. ETA has the largest online FREE career, jobs application and classroom resources.

Teacher Recruitment Agencies

Agency practices, finder’s fees, commissions & lock in contracts
Relief Teaching agencies contact staff prior or on the same day as required by the school. Agencies usually circulate staff around the state, not allowing for a personal relationship to be established between teachers and schools. This process ensures that staff remains in the CRT pool to be contacted as needed. Teaching staff are usually contracted to one agency, therefore are not allowed to engage with other agencies or arrange personal work agreements with schools associated with the agency. Agencies subtract daily commissions of approximately $30-$60.00(Aus) from a teacher’s pay.

Graduates and experienced teachers returning to casual relief teaching should read all contract documents before signing and be aware of restrictive terms and conditions. Teachers must carefully peruse and evaluate all terms noted in contracts, especially agency’s fees, commissions and whether or not a ‘release fee’ will be paid by the teacher before commencing a new teaching position. Certain conditions restrict teachers from working with multiple agencies and applying for ongoing positions while being contracted to the agency. Schools need to pay a ‘Finder’s fee’ in order to employ the teacher who has a contract with the agency and currently employed at the school.

Agency practices rely upon the services of a selected group or an established ‘pool of staff’ constantly referred upon for employment. This group consist of experienced, proven and reliable teachers utilised for extended short and long term contracts. Graduates and new CRT staff are utilised only when this “pool of teachers’ is not available, reasons being they are employed permanently or engaged in extended contracts. This group also cater for ongoing / full time vacancies throughout the year. Agencies gain major revenue by focusing on this service, gaining up to 10-20% finder’s fees for each placement from educational institutions.

ANZUK, Resource Ed Personnel, Teachers.on.net, Primary Education Management, Australian Teachers are just a few agencies applying either one, all or a combination of the listed employment service conditions to teachers and schools: commissions, finder’s fees, release fees, daily service administration fees, or contracts. It is recommended interested staff contact management personnel for further enquiries. Please be advised agencies do not guarantee work.


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CasualReliefTeachers.com.au exists to provide information on all aspects of casual relief teaching, from giving new graduates a clear picture of the competitive nature of relief work, providing a job referral listing service, and information on school expectations regarding CRT teacher duties, practices and the code of conduct.  A list of all state government accreditation authorities and relevant educational bodies are also provided in order to gain additional insight into casual relief teacher employment.

We also supply you with teaching jobs agencies and career / classroom resources information to increase your scope of successfully sourcing employment. We have listed government and non-government teaching job placement agencies for easy access and convenience. Teachers can peruse, select and evaluate all services offered by teacher agencies Australia wide. Staff is now able to source vital information on agency practices, commissions, finder’s fees and lock in contracts. We have listed agencies who do not apply commissions, finder’s fees or contracts.

It is advised all interested teachers seeking relief teaching (CRT) to be pro-active, contact agency personnel and before signing work agreement contracts to enquire about commissions structures and  terms and conditions as stipulated on contracts of employment.