Casual Relief Teaching

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Casual Relief Teachers (CRTs) are recognised by the Department of Education and Training (DET) as a significant and important part of the teaching workforce. CRTs can be engaged by schools for up to 30 continuous days at a time.

They provide continuity of learning for students during normal teacher absence and enable permanent teachers to access extended professional development opportunities. CRTs can have a significant influence on students’ learning experience. DET is working in close partnership with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) and the Teacher Learning Network (TLN) to provide cohesive, statewide support for CRTs. DET, VIT and TLN are working closely with CRT Networks across Victoria to tailor advice and professional learning to CRT needs.

Professional Development (PD)

DET provides funding to Teacher Led Network (TLN) for the provision of professional learning seminars, courses and programs for CRTs to address a range of professional learning needs. All professional learning will be aligned with and address the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. There will be a combination of online and face-to-face sessions.

TLN have created a website,, for all Victorian CRTs to access online PD and register for workshops and seminars. The website will host recordings of the live online sessions, networking forums and other content as agreed in consultation with CRT network leaders and as approved by DET.

The arrangement with TLN is the next iteration of the previously DET-administered CRT Professional Learning Initiative.

CRT Networks

DET is dedicated to working with CRT Network Coordinators to identify opportunities for CRTs to participate in professional learning activities.

DET established the CRT Professional Learning Initiative to provide support for CRTs to access relevant professional learning that addresses their specific needs related to improving student learning outcomes.

To provide support for CRTs to access face-to-face professional learning, DET built on the CRT network structure that was originally established by the VIT.

Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)

VIT and DET are working together to provide professional support to teachers working as CRTs. A Senior VIT Officer is available to liaise with and advise CRT Networks on professional matters, including registration and renewal requirements, professional learning and responsibilities, and opportunities for professional engagement.

Employment for CRTs

Valuable experience can be gained in casual or short-term teaching positions. This type of employment may suit your lifestyle needs and allows you to ascertain if teaching at a particular school or location suits you.

Because of the nature of the CRT employment, it is important to make contacts and become known in the area where you are seeking employment. You can do this in a number of ways, including:

  • Lodging your details in the job seekers' register (talent pool) on Recruitment Online. Your resume can then be accessed by principals of Victorian government schools searching for staff.
  • Making an appointment to visit and discuss employment opportunities with the principals of schools that interest you and pursue opportunities in the geographical area of your interest.

Discuss local CRT practices with regional contacts with the view to determining if private providers are commonly used by schools in the area and consider registering your interest. See: Regions

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