Policy last updated
15 June 2020
An employee may be entitled to receive an allowance in addition to their usual salary or remuneration. Unless otherwise specified on the tab, part-time employees are entitled to allowances on a pro rata basis relative to a full-time employee.
The payment of allowances may be affected by periods of leave. This is dependent on the type of leave, the period of leave and the length of time for which the employee has been in receipt of the allowance prior to the commencement of the leave. Where no restriction is specified, the allowance is not affected by taking leave.
Where the payment of an allowance is affected by the taking of leave, appropriate action must be taken on the payroll to continue or cease the payment of an allowance, during the period of leave. If no action is taken, the allowance will not be paid correctly.
Some allowances may be taken into account in determining various leave and salary entitlements.
Information regarding the following allowances is set out in the Policy and Guidelines tab:
- salary loading allowance
- leave purchase allowance (education support class)
- first aid allowance (education support class)
- intensive care allowance (education support class)
- special schools allowance (teacher class)
- remote allowance
Policy and Guidelines
Salary loading allowance
Teaching service employees, other than casual employees, are entitled to payment of a salary loading allowance of 17.5% of weeks of the total salary to which they are normally entitled as at 1 December of the year in which the allowance is paid. Employees with time-fraction variations during the 12 month period up to 1 December will be paid a pro rata amount based on the aggregate of the employee’s paid service over the 12 month period.
An employee must be employed on 30 November to be eligible for the 17.5% allowance. The allowance is calculated on the amount of paid service (in aggregate) for the period 1 December to 30 November. Payment is automatically paid to eligible employees in December each year. The maximum amount payable is $1236 in 2017, $1276 in 2018, $1318 in 2019 and $1361 in 2020.
Where a teaching service employee ceases employment and is re-employed in the teaching service in the same year, current and prior service in that year may be included as service for salary loading purposes, provided the employee was not paid in lieu of salary loading allowance on separation.
Leave without pay for religious observance and vacation periods that do not attract pay but are otherwise counted as service are included as days of service for the purpose of calculating the salary loading allowance.
Leave purchase allowance (education support class)
An education support class employee who is required, or agrees, to attend for duty during some or all of the additional paid leave period will be paid a leave purchase allowance of 72.47% of the employee's normal hourly rate in addition to their normal rate of pay. The employee’s additional paid leave entitlement will be reduced by the amount of leave purchased. The maximum amount of leave that may be purchased in any year is 30 days (228 hours).
The leave purchase allowance would normally be paid on a fortnightly basis when attendance requirements are regular and known in advance. The leave purchase allowance would normally be paid as a lump sum when attendance is expected to be 6 days or less in any 1 year or is likely to be intermittent. The leave purchase allowance can be paid as a lump sum in any other circumstances where agreed between the principal and the employee.
Where an employee is paid the leave purchase allowance on a fortnightly basis, the allowance will continue to be paid during the employee’s absence on paid leave provided the employee would have continued to receive the allowance but for their absence on paid leave.
An education support class employee who was employed at 52/52, 51/52, 50/52 or 49/52 on the date the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2013 commenced to operate (10 July 2013) and who continues to occupy that position, will maintain the attendance requirements that applied to them immediately prior to that date. The employee will be paid the leave purchase allowance to reflect their attendance requirements which can only be changed by agreement between the principal and the employee.
Information about additional paid leave is available on the annual leave page and information about the attendance provisions for education support class employees is available on the attendance and working hours page (refer to Related topics in ).
First aid allowance (education support class)
An education support class employee who holds an appropriate first aid qualification, is required to be available to provide first aid and who agrees to perform first aid in addition to their normal duties will be paid a first aid allowance. A first aid allowance is not payable where first aid duties comprise 10% or more of an education support class employee’s normal duties.
The first aid allowance for a full-time education support class employee (pro rata for a part-time employee) is as follows:
|First pay period commencing on or after the following date||First aid allowance|
The payment of the first aid allowance to an education support class employee should continue during a period of paid leave, provided that the duties and responsibilities associated with the allowance would have continued had the leave not been approved.
Intensive care allowance (education support class)
An education support class employee, employed in a special school, who is required to provide intensive attendant care, administers medical support or assists in the development of independent living skills for individual students or groups of students will be paid an intensive care allowance.
The intensive care allowance for a full-time education support class (pro rata for a part-time employee) is as follows:
|First pay period commencing on of after the following dates||Intensive care allowance|
The payment of the intensive care allowance to an education support class employee should continue during a period of paid leave, provided that the duties and responsibilities associated with the allowance would have continued had the leave not been approved.
Special schools allowance (teacher class)
Teachers employed in a special school or special developmental school setting and visiting teachers are eligible to be paid a special schools allowance of $671 per annum. Eligible teachers employed part-time will be paid the allowance on a pro rata basis.
A teacher in receipt of a special schools allowance will continue to receive the allowance for the first calendar month while on paid leave.
Teaching service employees employed at a designated remote school will be paid a remote allowance. Designated remote schools are classified as either remote category A or remote category B depending on the school's location. The list of schools designated as remote is available below.
The remote allowance rates for remote category A and remote category B schools are as follows:
Remote category A
|Employee with dependants||Employee without dependants|
Remote category B
|Employee with dependants||Employee without dependants|
Where more than one employee is eligible to be reimbursed in respect of the same dependant(s), one employee will receive the 'employee with dependants' rate and the other the 'employee without dependants' rate. For remote allowance purposes 'dependant' is defined as a person maintained by and permanently domiciled with an employee, including a spouse, a child under 16 years of age, a full-time student child and a parent.
Reviewed 30 March 2020