The Teachers Are Blowing Their Whistles!


Contract teaching is a hand-to-mouth existence.

Why is there falling interest in teaching as a career?

Few teachers get full time jobs when they leave university.

It's a hand to mouth existence of relief teaching and contracts.

For example, you may have a contract towards the end of a year which is renewed the following year - but over the Christmas break you will be without an income.

When you finish a contract you may then have to rely on relief teaching and if you need a reliable income to meet your bills then it's just easier to find another job.


Michael, Reader's Comment, Why student teachers are turning away, Brittany Vonow, The Courier-Mail, 9 February 2016

Contract teacher's husband : My wife cannot secure permanent work.

My wife graduated as a teacher last year after a long career in both the private and public sector.

Can't believe she cannot secure permanent work.

Contract only offered term by term.

How do teachers on contract even qualify for a home loan with so much uncertainty?

The education system is an absolute disgrace.

Anna and Kate will be MIA on this without doubt.


Glen, Reader's Comment, Queensland teacher Kathy Margolis quits after 30 years, letter explaining why goes viral, Brittany Vonow, The Courier-Mail, 5 February 2016

Teacher's friend : My friend re-trained to be a teacher and can't get regular work.

My friend was a respected lawyer with a double degree when she switched to doing a teaching degree.

Completed it in extra quick time as a full time lawyer, while having babies and holding the home together while her husband continued his career in and out of Australia.

Acclaimed by schools during her prac teaching but cannot get a regular position.

Figure that out.



Samantha, Reader's comment, Queensland teacher Kathy Margolis quits after 30 years, letter explaining why goes viral, Brittany Vonow, The Courier-Mail, 5 February 2016

More than 16 per cent of Queensland teachers are now 'casual' workers.

Nowadays many Queensland teachers are casual workers.

More than 16 per cent of teachers are on fixed-term contracts, with many more only able to secure supply work.

Casual employment suits some teachers.

They enjoy the freedom from responsibility, and from staff-meetings.

They have some choice and a degree of control - they are not trapped for years in an unpleasant workplace.

But many casual teachers want to be working full-time.


Casuals deserve job security, Jane Fynes-Clinton, The Courier-Mail, 16 February 2012

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Education Queensland does not tell the public the truth about teacher unemployment.

This week - 21 November 2010 - thousands of Queensland contract teachers will be 'sacked' as their contract expires.

Their classes will be taught mostly by teachers who have lost senior classes.

Contract teachers and permanent teachers do identical work, yet contract teachers are asked to leave the schools, go home, and with no pay for the next two months.

I believe this is disgustingly cruel, highly unprofessional and dishonest in the way Education Queensland relates the facts of this situation to the public.

Yes, I do know of young teachers stacking supermarket shelves and moving back home as the rent $$$ is not there.

The Smart State?

Would any other occupation area put up with rubbish?

This Anna Bligh economy measure is an enormous contributor to really good teachers just never coming back to the classrooms.

Merry Christmas Anna Bligh and Geoff Wilson.


Rick O'Shea of Bulimba, Reader's Comment, Teachers paid millions in compensation for slipping over, bring blown over and other injuries,  Alison Sandy, The Courier-Mail, 21 November 2010.
Too many Queensland teachers are being employed on contracts.

36,600 state school teachers are employed in Queensland.

3,700 of these teachers were employed on contracts in March 31 2009.

About 5000 Queensland teachers - 13 per cent of full-time teachers in Queensland - were on temporary contracts in December 2009.

During 2009 the Queensland Department of Education hired teachers on almost 20,000 separate contracts.


1,602 graduate teachers had been employed by Education Queensland by March 2009.

  481 of these graduates had been given permanent full-time or part-time work.

1,121 were employed on contracts.

13 per cent of Queensland teachers who were employed on contracts in 2008 were permanently appointed for the start of 2009.


2751 of last year's education graduates applied for a position with the Queensland Department of Education this year - 2010.

By 27 January 2010 -

 267 - about ten per cent - of the graduates have been given a permanent job.

 520 - about twenty per cent - of the graduates were given a temporary job or a contract.


So, if you are studying teaching in 2010, you have a seventy per cent chance of being unemployed at the end of your course.

Queensland College of Teachers director John Ryan said that Queensland education graduates and schools would both benefit if there was "greater alignment of university places in education with the supply and demand of Queensland schools".


Contract teachers are only entitled to four weeks paid leave each year.

But there are 12 weeks of school holidays each year.

So employing teachers on contracts allows the Queensland Govenment to avoid paying thousands of teachers holiday pay over the Christmas period.

Some contract teachers have to find jobs to tide them over financially till their next contract begins.

One contract teacher has been mowing lawns during each Christmas holiday for the past ten years, while he waits to obtain a permanent position.

Many contract teachers are first-year teachers.

They may be unable to secure home or car loans because of their precarious employment status.


There is a surplus of teachers in southeast Queensland.

Many newly-qualified teachers do not want to move away from the south-eastern area of Queensland.

But to get permanent work in Queensland, teachers have to be willing to work for several years in the more remote areas of the state.

So teachers who do not want to "go remote" can find themselves "locked out" of permanent employment.


Do higher education institutions explain this situation clearly to prospective education students?


Education Queensland has stated that "currently Queensland's higher education institutions produce a larger number of primary graduates than Education Queensland requires for permanent, temporary or casual positions".


Is this explained clearly by the higher education institutions when students enrol to study primary education?

Why don't these institutions use this opportunity to raise the OP result required to enter teaching courses?


And older, well-qualified and experienced teachers who move to Queensland from interstate or overseas do not seem to realise they are -

 * more expensive to employ,

 * more experienced, more confident - and so more of a threat to principals,

 * and are more likely to have families and the sort of personal responsibilities that prevent them from being sent out to the remote areas

- so they may make less attractive employees.



Teachers feel leave pinch, Tanya Chilcott, Schools Reporter, p.19, The Courier-Mail, Tuesday, 31 March, 2009

School's out for fulltime Queensland teachers, Carly Hennessy, The Sunday Mail, 20 December, 2009.

No full-time job for 9/10 teaching graduates, Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail, 27 January 2009

When you graduate from university as a teacher you are left with nothing.

I'm one of those new graduates (Mid 2009) who doesn't have a job.

It's funny, throughout university you're told that you will easily get a job.

Then you graduate and you find that you're left with nothing.

Its a sad reality, when you realise that the dream you worked so hard to get is not going to eventuate.

And you are left to turn to another industry.

I've given myself six months.

If I don't have a steady flow of relief work, or twelve-month contract, or permanent teaching job by then, I will have to find any old job.

Sadly, I'm not the young twenty-something who can live off mummy and daddy while they wait for a job.

I've got a mortgage and two kids to support.



Chanana of Edens Landing, Reader's comment 22 of 66, No full-time job for 9/10 teaching graduates, Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail, 27 January 2010

I graduated in 2008. I have been unable to find work as a teacher.

This is anything but new.

I graduated in 2008 and still haven't been able to find work as a teacher.

Now its going to be a lot tougher since I am now facing off against another 2000 graduates, most of whom lived at home / on AUSSTUDY.

I worked nearly full-time hours to support my family.

So much for the system screaming for mature males.



Phil of Bris North, Comment 16 of 66, No full-time job for 9/10 teaching graduates, Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail, 27 January 2010

I was ranked by Education Queensland as an 'outstanding applicant'. I have been unable to get a teaching job anywhere in Queensland.

I came to Queensland in 2008 to fill the teacher shortage.

I have 11 years experience and a Masters Degree.

I am fully registered with Education Queensland, with an outstanding applicant ranking.

Yet with all these qualifications and outstanding references, I am still unable to secure permanent work anywhere in Queensland.



Sarah, Readers' Comments, Teachers forced outside expertise, Katrina Jones, Gold Coast Bulletin News,, 31 October, 2009.

My wife has a $26,000 HECS debt and can't get permanent work as a teacher in Queensland.

My wife has been on a contract at a queensland school for four years.

Each year Education Queensland and the school principal say, "Next year, just wait, you will get full time work".

That started four years ago.

Talk to the Queensland Teachers' Union and they say there's no permanent jobs anywhere.

So, with a $26,000 HECS debt, she is leaving to stay at home with the kids.

That seems to be what Labor want, so why fight it?



Keith of the Gold Coast, comment 3, 10,000 teachers on leave as temporary ones take over, Natalie Gregg, The Courier-Mail, July 9, 2009.

Contract teachers are cheap teachers.

Too many Queensland teachers are being employed on contracts.

This ensures that costs are kept to a minimum and that teachers can be easily be put out of work without the bother of industrial relations problems.


  • Ned of North QLD, Comment 3 of 23, Readers' Comments, Teacher numbers don't add up, Saturday 24 January, 2009, The Courier-Mail. 
  • Ann Piltz resigned to have a family and has now been waiting ten years for a permanent teaching job.

    Ann Piltz says : Forget incentives for graduates.

    I made the mistake of resigning to have a family.

    After ten years of trying to get a permanent position, I am reduced to waiting for the telephone to ring each morning to see if I will have work for the day.

    I have been told that each graduate will be placed ahead of me when it comes to a permanent placement.

    When I ask why, I am given the run around.

    I think that the reason is because of cost.

    After all, I will be more expensive to employ as I ... have more experience than a graduate.

    The rhetoric about wanting teachers with more experience is just that - rhetoric.


    Ann Piltz of Bundaberg, Readers Comments, Bonus to Teach The Toughest, Darrell Giles, The Sunday Mail : 30 November, 2008.

    A male mature-aged graduate primary teacher cannot find any work in the Queensland state school system.

    "Exasperated of Brisbane" - a male mature-aged graduate teacher, wrote to the Editor of the Sunday Mail :

    There do not seem to be any primary teaching jobs available in Queensland.

    He graduated in 2006.

    His teaching "pracs" had all been at difficult schools in the Logan and Inala areas.

    He received an S1 rating.

    Because he had children of his own, he nominated to teach in the Logan, Beaudesert, Ipswich and greater Brisbane areas.

    To this date he has never been offered any employment, other than a two-week contract in 2007.

    Fortunately he managed to get work in the Catholic system, otherwise his four years of study would have been wasted.



    "Exasperated of Brisbane", Readers Comments, Bonus to Teach The Toughest, Darrell Giles, The Sunday Mail : 30 November, 2008.

    Jody Nicholson of Mackay is a qualified primary teacher but she has chosen to seek other employment.

    Jody Nicholson of Mackay is a qualified teacher but she has chosen to seek employment outside the education system.

    "It is not a reliable income."

    After graduating as a primary teacher, Jody spent six months doing supply work while waiting to get a permanent job.

    "I needed to know that I was able to pay the bills," Jody says.

    "Your name automatically gets listed with the district head office."

    "I never received the phone call and I wasn't the only one, a lot of others were waiting too," Jody says.

    "I got sick of not knowing where I would be from day to day and what location."

    Teacher shortage grows as educators seek employment elswhere, Erin Webb, student reporter, CQ UNI NEWS : 20 August, 2008.



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