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AEU Information
Recruitment and Selection
Draft DECS Policy and Procedures
Removal of ten year tenure
Teachers completing 10-year tenure will remain in their school
Ongoing vacancies will not have an end date
Teachers on a “sunset” clause will be subject to the same arrangements as
PATs as they are currently in a “B” vacancy at their school
All permanent teachers in temporary positions (PATS) will be appointed to
ongoing positions in schools. This will be centrally managed
No teachers should remain in temporary (PAT) positions for more than 12
After ten years at a school, teachers in the metropolitan area will be able to
access a voluntary “T” transfer process.
Open Advertisement of positions
All permanent (ongoing) vacancies that have been declared by schools
in the initial stage will be advertised
All teachers, both permanent and temporary (contract),will be able
to apply for these positions and will be considered equally in the
selection process
Teachers who are eligible to apply for advertised positions:
 Teachers who meet minimum DECS requirements by the start of the
 Teachers in at least their second year of permanency
 Country scholarship PATs in their first year can only apply for country
Country Guarantees
New country guarantees
G = eligible permanent country teachers guaranteed right of return to the
metropolitan area. If, however, no ongoing position is available, then in the
first instance this will be to a temporary position (schools of choice
considered but not guaranteed)
I = Eligible permanent country teachers guaranteed right of return to metro in
a nominated school of choice.
Or, teachers can put in a “T” transfer but this is contingent on vacancies arising
“T” transfer option is also available for country teachers who wish to relocate to
a different country region
Leadership positions: right of return
 Substantive teachers who win a tenured leadership/seconded
teacher position of 12 months or less will hold right of
return to previous position
 If greater than 12 months, then they will lose right of return
unless otherwise negotiated with Superintendent of Site HR.
 At the end of tenure, if appointment is required, then they
enter the PTR for placement as a teacher. This would be an
ongoing or temporary position within 45km of their
residence. Or if the leadership position was in the country,
they may be placed in the metro area if the position was won
from a metro school.
Outline of the process
Central placement exercise – ongoing positions identified by DECS
Permanent teachers in temporary positions (PATS) placed into ongoing
Ongoing vacancies advertised with a local selection process (as per current
Consequential and unfilled ongoing positions are filled from PTR
 Country guarantees
 T transfers
Conversion to permanency
Step 5
Temporary vacancies
Step 1 Placement of PATs
 (for 2011-12) All permanent teachers who are in temporary teaching positions or
who do not hold right of return to a school and require placement for 2012 will be
appointed to ongoing positions in schools through a centrally managed process.
 From 2012, at the start of each school year, all permanent teachers who are in
temporary teaching positions will be appointed to ongoing positions in schools
through a centrally managed placement process.
 This will include teachers who may have returned from the country as part of a
guarantee and who have been appointed to a temporary position in the first instance.
 There is currently no grievance process outlined by DECS for PATS who are
“aggrieved” by their placement and or the process
(DECS statement- Senior HR consultants will assess the capacity of schools to be able to accept permanent appointees – on a
fair and equitable basis)
Step 2 advertised positions
Please note: Following consultation with the PAC and with reference to the site’s HR plan,
the Principal will identify and describe a new vacancy as either ongoing or temporary.
Permanent (ongoing) vacancies
 Do not have end dates
 Can be described when no permanent teacher holds right of return or
a new vacancy is created
 Any declared ongoing vacancies submitted in a first round are then
advertised to an open field
 Applications are lodged on line and appointments will be made
through the Local Selection Panel process
 The Local Selection Panel consists of the Principal (or nominee) AEU
an AEU representative elected by financial AEU members on the staff.
 It is expected that schools will declare ongoing vacancies
3 Sequential stages
Advertising will be in 3 sequential stages
1. Aboriginal, Anangu and SNAP schools
2. Country and Category 1-2 schools
3. All other schools
All vacancies in this round are advertised on DECSjobs, within
published DECS timelines.
If at the end of the entire process, a vacancy remains unfilled,
then schools may re-advertise the position if there is sufficient
time. Otherwise the vacancy will be filled as a temporary
position and become an ongoing vacancy the following year.
Consequential vacancies
Will include:
 All consequential vacancies resulting from advertised
positions (e.g.: teachers winning a position in another school)
 Ongoing vacancies declared after the first rounds of
advertising (e.g.: vacancies resulting from teachers winning
advertised leadership positions or by teachers resigning,
retiring. Etc)
 Any unfilled advertised positions
Step 3 Permanent Teacher Register
Teachers who must be placed
 Permanent teachers with a guaranteed right of return to the metro
area from the country (old I, J, G transaction)
 Permanent teachers who qualify for the new guarantee to the metro
area (G, I) refer to appendix 4 for criteria
 Permanent teachers who do not hold right of return to a school
including seconded teachers, those who are returning from leave, or
leadership positions of greater than 12 months
 Permanent teachers actioning a Remote country to Nearer Country
guarantee (considered for country schools only) Refer to appendix 3
for list of sites
 Teachers identified through required placement
 Country teacher scholarship students and early targeted country
graduate scheme
Teachers who can “opt in” to the PTR
Please note: if no suitable vacancies are available then these teachers will remain in their current
Permanent teachers seeking an appointment in the metro to a nominated school
who are:
At least 4th year of continuous country service Zone 4-5
At least 5th year continuous country service zone 2-3
At least 6th year of continuous service in zone 1 school
Permanent teachers in Cat 1-2 schools
At least 4th year of continuous service in cat 1 school
At least 5th year of continuous service in cat 2 school
Permanent teachers in designated special service site in at least 4th year of continuous
T transfers
Permanent teachers who lodge a request to transfer after 10 years of service in current
school will be considered for permanent positions in nominated metro schools only
Country to country transfers will be considered for permanent positions in nominated
country schools only
Step 4 Conversion to Permanency
Please note: Conversion to permanency for eligible temporary teachers will be considered for any vacancies
that remain unfilled after steps 1-3
Principals, following consultation with the PAC, can make a recommendation to
the Superintendent, Site HR to convert a temporary teacher to permanency
subject to the following criteria
 The position is ongoing
 The incumbent was appointed via recruitment processes and has occupied the
position for at least two years
 There are no teachers with placement rights in the PTR to fill the vacancy
 The incumbent has demonstrated satisfactory to strong performance
 Teachers can access the grievance process in relation to conversions to
Centrally managed placements
Aboriginal teachers employed through the Aboriginal employment
strategy will be appointed to schools through a centrally managed
consultative process
Permanent teachers with a high level Compassionate Placement
(approved by Superintendent Site HR)
These placements are normally associated with a medical condition
relating to the teacher or their family and supported with
appropriate documentation. These applications can be considered
at any time
Teachers with an approved workers compensation claim (approved
by superintendent site HR)
Required Placement
May become necessary when
 Enrolments have declined
 Curriculum needs have changed
 Schools closures or amalgamations
Will only occur after other options are considered such as teacher movement,
retirements, resignations etc and will be in consultation with the PAC and staff.
 Where a teacher has been identified prior to term 4 they will become part of
the PTR and lose right of return to the school.
 If after term 4 (including after the start of the following year, the teacher will be part
of the PTR and will be relocated to another school in a temporary vacancy but will
hold right of return to the school in the following year.
 If the required placement has been partially finalized and an ongoing position opens
up at the school, teachers will have the option of remaining in the original placement
or accepting their new placement.
Temporary positions
 Teachers in the PTR who are eligible for temporary positions will
be considered in the first instance.
 If no appointment made from PTR then the position can be
advertised as a temporary position by the school or filled through
the employable teacher register (refer to page 7 of draft DECS
AEU Ballot Process
 The AEU’s acceptance or rejection of the proposed Teacher Recruitment
and Selection Policy and Procedures will be determined by a state-wide
ballot of AEU teacher and leader members.
 Information on the conduct of a state-wide ballot will be faxed to all
worksites by Friday 10 June.
 Sub-branch Secretaries/AEU Reps will be asked to schedule a ballot of
teacher and leader members to be completed by Friday 17 June,
ensuring that Sub-branch members who are part-time or on leave have
the opportunity to cast their vote.
 Following the completion of the worksite ballot Sub-branch
Secretaries/AEU Reps will report the number of Yes votes and No votes
to the AEU to determine the state-wide tally.

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