Casual Relief Teacher Travel Fund (Reference 141)
The Casual Relief Teacher (CRT) Travel Fund aims to attract more CRTs to rural and regional areas. It allocates funding to cover some travel and accommodation expenses for CRTs at 100 schools that experience the most difficulty recruiting CRTs.
The funding is given to schools through the SRP’s targeted initiatives funding stream. Funding is allocated as cash funding.
With this initiative, the department has allocated funding to 100 schools for 2,100 days of travel and accommodation expenses charged by CRT agencies or locally employed CRTs, totalling $281 a day. The funding rate is based on standard ATO rates of $173 for accommodation and 0.72 cents per kilometre for 150 km a day (totalling $108).
The funding amount distributed to individual schools is calculated by the number of students in each school and the average class size. The 2022 DET Summary Statistics for Victorian Schools data shows the average class size for government schools is 22 students per class. Special school settings average half this number per class with 11. The 2022 SRP Revised student enrolment numbers will be used to determine the number of classes in the 2023 SRP Indicative budget and schools will receive $366.23 per class.
Eligibility criteria for recipients of the funding
The 100 schools that the department will allocate funding to is based on a DET analysis that measures workforce challenges, including remoteness, Student Family Occupation and Education (SFOE), low application rate, no appointment rate and school climate.
The listed schools include:
- Primary schools
- Secondary schools
- Primary/Secondary schools
- Special schools
Reviewed 02 January 2023