Supply teachers

Supply teachers

​As a supply teacher, your role is essential to school staffing. You can often choose between short or long-term contracts in a variety of school settings; it can be a very rewarding and satisfying way to teach.

Working as a supply teacher

Teacher Relief and Contract Employment Register (TRACER) is a departmental service that helps you gain employment in Queensland state schools on a temporary or casual basis. You are able to set up a MyHR Recruitment TRACER account to list your preferences for bookings with schools.

The replacement teacher expectations st​atement is an overview of the expectations schools may have regarding your employment.

Mandatory induction

The department offers an online Mandatory induction program​ that may be used in conjunction with local face-to-face induction. All employees are required to complete mandatory induction in either a face-to-face or online environment, and revisit the mandatory components of induction annually.

For supply teachers, school leaders will determine when to provide induction information. They will consider the time frame of employment, the hours employed, the nature of the work, and the geographical location of the employee.

Temporary and casual employees must complete all mandatory components of induction within the first school term of their engagement - preferably within 20 working days - or three months from their first engagement where employment is not continuous. Priority should be given to Student Protection, Code of Conduct and Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment training.

Access to the Learning Place
To access the mandatory induction on the Learning Place, you will need to call Learning Place Support on 1800 680 445 (select 5) to obtain your logon ID and password. Please note the Learning Place Support team are available Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm (excluding public holidays).

Policy and procedures

Relevant departmental policies for supply teachers can be found on the Policy and Procedure Register and include:

Professional standards for teachers

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers are used for registration purposes with the Queensland College of Teachers.

Professional learning

As a professional, you take responsibility for sourcing learning opportunities and meeting the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements associated with registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.

Supply teachers searching for professional development opportunities can investigate options by visiting:

Top tips for a great supply day

  • Dress professionally.
  • Arrive early and ask for relevant school documents and policies - behaviour plan, school maps, list of relevant names (i.e. Principal, HOC/HOD), playground roster.
  • Bring some of your own resources just in case a class program isn't provided.
  • Prepare for the day before the students arrive, where possible.
  • Develop a good rapport with your students.
  • Display a positive attitude - introduce yourself to the neighbouring staff.
  • Communicate your expectations for work and behaviour to the students.
  • Keep the students working productively throughout the day.
  • Keep the day interesting.
  • Keep accurate records of any incidents that happen during the day.
  • Leave a note for the teacher about how the day went.
  • Tidy up before you leave.
  • Be flexible!​
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Last updated
24 January 2018