4 Online Services NSW Casual Teachers Should Know About (So You Want To Work in a NSW Public School Part 3)

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.


4 thoughts on “4 Online Services NSW Casual Teachers Should Know About (So You Want To Work in a NSW Public School Part 3)

  1. Shannon says:

    Thank you so much Corinne for your time and help. I really enjoy reading all the information. Your information is not only helpful but encouraging for me. I am looking at returning to casual work after a 4 year parenting break. I’m pretty nervous as I also have the challenge of being in a new area. For 18 months I was a school’s main casual now I’m starting all over again…in many ways.
    I am wondering though if you can help a little further please? I am eager to learn about the new curriculum and am unable to find any workshops or courses offered.
    A teacher mentioned I can view lots of videos and information on DET portal. Is this correct? Would you be able to offer any other suggestions please?
    Thanks again, Shannon

    • Hi Shannon,
      Yes there are some online training modules that you can access through the DET staff portal. After you’ve logged in, click curriculum resources and it take you to a new page. The first link on that page will take you to information and online training for the new syllabuses.

      Also through the portal you can access a site called School Biz. This will tell you about any upcoming courses which you can apply to attend.

      I’d also recommend you join Scootle, which you can access using your DET email. There are heaps of Australian Curriculum resources there and a lot of teachers sharing great ideas through Scootle Community. Just keep in mind that NSW are using the NSW syllabuses that are based on the Australian Curriculum, not the Australian Curriculum itself.

      I hope this helps. All the best looking for work this year. I know its tough getting that foot in the door.


  2. These links are a gold mine! Thank you for publishing them. I don’t know if I will need to go through them all as Casual Direct has everything I have been looking for.

  3. I have used the Casual Direct site before and they offer a high level of service that I really didn’t expect! I will take a look at the other providers and see how they stack up.

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