Many teachers apply directly to schools for casual relief positions, and I gave some suggestions for how to go about this in my earlier post, So You Want To Work in a NSW Public School Part 1.
However, there are also a number of online services and agencies that will help you get a foot in the door.
Casual.Direct is the NSW Department of Education and Communities’ automated casual teacher staffing system. While my school doesn’t take advantage of it, a lot of schools across NSW use this service to replace teachers who have called in sick. Schools request casual teachers through Casual. Direct and staffing officers then ring teachers who are registered with them to fill the position.
Class Cover is a private online booking service that is gaining popularity with schools. Unlike Casual.Direct, schools can create their own casual teacher lists using the service, and can search and browse the CVs of teachers who are registered with them. There is a subscription fee for schools and teachers using this service.
JobFeed, from Teach.NSW is where you will find longer term temporary and permanent jobs with NSW DEC advertised. You can subscribe to the JobFeed using the link on the right hand side of their website.
There are a few things you need to do on your first day of casual teaching in the NSW public system to sort out your pay, taxation and superannuation. This page from NSW DEC has all the information you’ll need.
The Casual and Temporary Teachers Handbook from the NSW Teachers Federation is an essential resource for casual teachers. It tells you all about your working conditions, hours of duties, leave entitlements etc. It’s important for you to understand exactly what schools can and cannot ask of you.
Of course, getting your first casual teaching appointment is just the first step. To get called back, you need to make a good impression. My tips on how to get called back are here.
Applying for permanent work in NSW public schools is a very different ball game. I’ll be posting about that in part 4 of this series.