Casual Employment

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

The NSW Department of Education is working closely with NSW Health and the Australian Government in responding to COVID-19 to ensure we are following the latest advice on how to keep our staff, students and community safe.

The most up to date information for teachers on COVID-19 arrangements is available on the department’s intranet. This includes guidance on leave and employment arrangements for permanent, temporary and casual teachers, in line with the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet’s COVID-19 employment arrangements advice.

This page will be updated as further advice becomes available.

The NSW Department of Education recognises the role of casual teachers in maintaining a high-standard of education for all students in NSW public schools. Casual teachers receive work flexibility and variety through relieving for temporary or permanent teachers or by providing additional support in schools on a day-to-day basis. It’s a great way to start your teaching career and broadens your educational experience.

As a casual teacher, you are paid a daily rate based on your NESA accreditation and level of experience. Salary rates are loaded to include a component for sick leave and holiday pay. In 2020, the commencing salary for new graduates is $365.45 per day, in line with the Crown Employees (Teachers in schools and related employees) salaries and conditions award.

Teachers who have previously worked in NSW public schools and who have separated within the last 12 months can submit a request to obtain casual approval by completing the casual approval after separation request form.


If you have obtained your approval to teach with the NSW Department of Education, you can register with ClassCover.

ClassCover connects casual teachers with their preferred schools, streamlining the casual teacher recruitment process. With the ability to share availability, manage location preferences and upload mandatory documentation, ClassCover is the preferred casual employment recruitment tool within NSW public schools.

With more casual teachers and NSW public schools using ClassCover every week, now is the time to create your profile. Go to the ClassCover website then download the app to begin managing your availability and bookings.

Mandatory training

To work as a casual teacher, there are a range of mandatory training modules that you must complete in order to comply with legislative and departmental requirements. School principals will ask you to provide evidence that you have completed these training modules when you are first employed at a new school.

The modules include:

  • anaphylaxis
  • code of conduct
  • child protection
  • corruption prevention
  • data breach preparedness
  • e-Emergency care
  • WHS induction for employees.

Most of these training courses must be revised and kept up-to-date, along with any other mandatory training courses that arise. As a casual teacher, it is your responsibility to ensure you are up-to-date with all training.

The latest ClassCover feature allows you to review your status at the point of booking.

To access these modules you will need to log in to the department's staff portal. If you do not know your portal access details please contact EdConnect on 1300 32 32 32. Select option 5 for IT, or for other enquiries, select option 4.