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Your questions answered Our best advice for your concerns. This term, we’re answering your questions about the transfer round. For more detail, call our AEU ACT Office on 6272 7900.
What is the Transfer Round?
The annual classroom teacher transfer process, often called the “transfer round”, is designed to provide opportunities to ensure that all schools are appropriately staffed and that teachers can gain experience in a range of settings. Teachers are placed in a position for up to 5 years, with all placements ending on the 26th of January. Permanently-engaged teachers may be identified for transfer at the end of their placement either at their own election or as the result of a review with their principal during the Annual Professional Discussion process. While a teacher or school leader can apply for transfer at any point during their placement, most transfers occur during the annual transfer process.
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I’ve been told that placements can be for one term or even less. Is this true?
A teacher or school leader’s first placement in a school or central office position is generally required to be for 5 years. This means that if, for example, a teacher is transferring from one school (original school) to another (receiving school), they should expect the length of placement to be for 5 years in the receiving school. Exceptions to this may be where the teacher or school leader has requested a shorter placement, or where the position the teacher is placed in will not exist beyond the 5-year period. As all placements end on 26 January, it should not usually be the case that transfers are for less than one year. It is the AEU’s position that the only circumstance in which a transfer should be for less than a full year is where that
transfer has been initiated midyear and not through the annual transfer process.
What if I’ve been identified for transfer, but don’t find a position at another school?
The first thing to remember is that you remain a permanent employee at the same classification as you were prior to the round. It will be up to the employer to determine what steps to take next. They may elect to offer you a choice of alternative placements that are suitable to your skills, qualifications, experience and classification, or to have you remain in your previous position. Whatever the case, you should continue to receive work appropriate to your classification and within your expertise and capabilities. It is never acceptable for an educator to be given work that is outside their area of expertise, odd jobs