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HOW MUCH DO TEACHER AIDES GET PAID IN AUSTRALIA?

A guide to teacher aide salaries, pay, entitlements, wages and earnings.

HOW MUCH DO TEACHER AIDES GET PAID? WHAT IS THE AVERAGE TEACHER AIDE SALARY?


Teacher Aides can expect to be paid a salary of between $24 and $37 per hour or $30 on average (based on public sector agreements). This equates to $975 per week or $50,700 per year based on a standard 32.5-hour week. The precise salary depends on your experience, state, school and whether you are working with special needs.

weekly pay as a teacher aide

As a teacher aide, your salary or pay is somewhat dependant on your position, the type of school, which state or territory you are from, your experience, and whether your hold a nationally recognised qualification.


“How much do teacher aides get paid? What do teacher aides earn? What is the teacher aide salary in my state?” These are the typical and common questions that many aspiring teacher aides ask us. We get asked these question nearly every day – and for good reason – if you are looking to spend your hard-earned money on a course, not to mention a large chunk of your time, you should know what the financial reward will be at the end.


To help you out, we did the research, collated the most common questions, and put together a detailed article explaining how much you can expect to get paid as a teacher aide. We also cover holiday pay, casual rates for teacher aides, awards, types of employment and many other common questions.


How much do teacher aides get paid or earn on average?
How many hours per week do teacher aides work?
How much do teacher aides get paid or earn per hour?
How much do teacher aides earn per week?
How much do teacher aides earn per year?
What is the casual teacher aide pay rate in QLD, NSW, Victoria, WA, SA, ACT?
Are teacher’s aides paid for school holidays? Do teacher aides get holiday pay?
Teacher aide salaries in WA: How much do teacher aides earn in WA?
Teacher aide salaries in QLD: How much do teacher aides earn in Queensland (QLD)?
Teacher aide salaries in Victoria: How much do teacher aides earn in Victoria?
Teacher aide salaries in NSW: How much do teacher aides earn in NSW?
Teacher aide salaries in SA: How much do teacher aides earn in SA?
Teacher aide salaries in ACT: How much do teacher aides earn in the ACT?
Can I be a teacher aide with no experience?
What factors affect the pay rates for teacher aides?
How are the pay rates for teacher aides calculated?
What is the difference between casual, contract and permanent employment?
Do I get paid more if I complete a higher qualification such as the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support?
A note about tax

How much do teacher aides get paid or earn on average?

A quick look at teacher aide salaries around Australia


In Australia, teacher aides can expect to get paid or earn $30 per hour on average. Based on a 6.5-hour day, this equates to $195 per day, $975 per week, or $50,700 per year. Most teacher aides earn between $25 per hour and $32 per hour in Australia and work 32.5 hours per week.


Average pay and salary for teacher aides in Australia

Location

Hourly rate

Weekly rate

Annual salary

WA $29.20 $1,109.60 $57,699.20
QLD $31.00 $1,178.00 $61,256.00
NSW $34.50 $1,311.00 $68,172.00
Vic $28.80 $1,094.40 $56,908.80
SA $28.70 $1,090.60 $56,711.20
ACT $26.40 $1,003.20 $52,166.40

Average

$29.77

$1,131.00

$58,825.52

*based on 7.5 hour working day/38 hour working week


Some teacher aides in Australia work 38 hours per week and can expect to earn an average of $223 per day, $1131 per week, and $58,825 per year. Many teacher aides however do not work 38 hours per week meaning the weekly and annual figures in the table above may not apply. Most teacher aides work around 32.5 hours per week or 6.5 hours per day plus an unpaid lunch break. Depending on the school, this means starting at around 8:30 a.m. and finishing at 3 p.m.


Teacher aides who work part-time are paid a pro rata basis. For example, someone who works 2 days per week can expect to be paid $390 per week or $780 per fortnight ($30 x 6.5 hours x 2 days).


The casual rate for teacher aides in most states of Australia is the same as the hourly rate above plus a 25% ‘loading’ which means someone on $30 per hour will be paid $37.5 as a casual employee (calculated as $30 x 1.25). A casual employee, however, does not accrue any benefits such as annual leave and personal leave.


Teacher aides may also be eligible for allowances and other entitlements such as first aid allowance, regional loading allowances, toileting allowance, and travel allowances.


FACT Approximately 30% of school staff are teacher aides according to government reports.


How many hours per week do teacher aides work?

Many teacher aides are paid for a 32.5-hour week for a 5-day working week. This equates to 6.5 hours per day with a non-paid half hour lunch break. Some teacher aides work 38 hours per week and are therefore required to stay on school grounds for longer hours (such as from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Many teacher aides are part time and hence work 1-4 days per week. Check with your school about what hours you are expected to work.


How much do teacher aides get paid or earn per hour?

Teacher aides are paid between $24 and $37 per hour in Australia. The average hourly rate for teacher aides in Australia is $30 per hour. Casual teacher aides can expect to earn an additional 25% loading in most cases but are not eligible for annual leave and personal leave.


Teacher aide pay rate per hour

From

To

Average

WA $25.88 $32.50 $29.20
QLD $26.95 $34.92 $31.00
NSW $31.93 $37.10 $34.50
Victoria $24.15 $33.45 $28.80
SA $24.00 $33.35 $28.70
ACT $25.10 $27.70 $26.40

Average

$26.34

$33.17

$29.77

Teacher aides in WA government schools can expect to earn $25.88 to $32.50 per hour. The average teacher aide in WA earns $29.20 per hour. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $30 per hour.


Teacher aides in Queensland government schools can expect to earn $26.95 to $34.92 per hour. The average teacher aide in Queensland earns $31.00 per hour. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $32 per hour.


Teacher aides in NSW government schools can expect to earn $31.93 to $37.10 per hour. The average teacher aide in NSW earns $34.50 per hour. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $33 per hour.


Teacher aides in Victoria government schools can expect to earn $24.15 to $33.45 per hour. The average teacher aide in Victoria earns $34.50 per hour. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $28.80 per hour.


Teacher aides in SA government schools can expect to earn $24.00 to $33.35 per hour. The average teacher aide in Victoria earns $28.70 per hour. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $30 per hour.


Teacher aides in ACT government schools can expect to earn $25.10 to $27.70 per hour. The average teacher aide in ACT earns $26.40 per hour. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $27 per hour.

How much do teacher aides earn per week?

Teacher aides in Australia can expect to earn between $912 and $1409 per week plus allowances and entitlements. The average teacher aide salary across Australia is $1131 per week for a full-time permanent employee. Staff working part-time can expect to earn a pro rata salary based on the number of days worked.


Teacher aide pay rate per week

From

To

Average

WA $983.44 $1,235.00 $1,109.60
QLD $1,024.10 $1,326.96 $1,178.00
NSW $1,213.34 $1,409.80 $1,311.00
Victoria $917.70 $1,271.10 $1,094.40
SA $912.00 $1,267.30 $1,090.60
ACT $953.80 $1,052.60 $1,003.20

Average

$1,001.00

$1,260.00

$1,131.00

*based on 7.5 hour working day/38 hour working week in some cases – see agreement for details.


Teacher aides in WA government schools can expect to earn $983.44 to $1,235.00 per week. The average teacher aide in WA earns $1,109.60 per week. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $1150 per week.


Teacher aides in Queensland government schools can expect to earn $1,024.10 to $1,326.96 per week. The average teacher aide in Queensland earns $1,178.00 per week. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $1250 per week.


Teacher aides in NSW government schools can expect to earn $1,213.34 to $1,409.80 per week. The average teacher aide in NSW earns $1,311.00 per week. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $1250 per week.


Teacher aides in Victoria government schools can expect to earn $917.70 to $1,271.10 per week. The average teacher aide in Victoria earns $1,094.40 per week. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $1100 per week.

Teacher aides in SA government schools can expect to earn $912.00 to $1,267.30 per week. The average teacher aide in Victoria earns $1,090.60 per week. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $1100 per week.


Teacher aides in ACT government schools can expect to earn $953.80 to $1,052.60 per week. The average teacher aide in ACT earns $1,003.20 per week. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $1003 per week.

How much do teacher aides earn per year?

Teacher aides can expect to earn between $47,424 and $73,309 per year with an average annual salary of $58,825 for a full-time permanent employee working 5 days per week. Staff working part time can expect to earn a pro rata salary based on the number of days worked.


Teacher aide pay rate per year

From

To

Average

WA $51,138.88 $64,220.00 $57,699.20
QLD $53,253.20 $69,001.92 $61,256.00
NSW $63,093.68 $73,309.60 $68,172.00
Victoria $47,720.40 $66,097.20 $56,908.80
SA $47,424.00 $65,899.60 $56,711.20
ACT $49,597.60 $54,735.20 $52,166.40

Average

$52,047.84

$65,543.92

$58,825.52

*based on 7.5 hour working day/38 hour working week in some cases – see agreement for details.


Teacher aides in WA government schools can expect to earn $51,138.88 to $64,220.00 per year. The average teacher aide in WA earns $57,699.20 per year. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $60,000 per year.


Teacher aides in Queensland government schools can expect to earn $53,253.20 to $69,001.92 per year. The average teacher aide in Queensland earns $61,256.00 per year. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $65,000 per year.


Teacher aides in NSW government schools can expect to earn $63,093.68 to $73,309.60 per year. The average teacher aide in NSW earns $68,172.00 per year. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $70,000 per year.


Teacher aides in Victoria government schools can expect to earn $47,720.40 to $66,097.20 per year. The average teacher aide in Victoria earns $56,908.80 per year. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $60,000 per year.


Teacher aides in SA government schools can expect to earn $47,424.00 to $65,899.60 per year. The average teacher aide in Victoria earns $56,711.20 per year. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $60,000 per year.


Teacher aides in ACT government schools can expect to earn $49,597.60 to $54,735.20 per year. The average teacher aide in ACT earns $52,166.40 per year. Many teacher aides work with special needs students and earn more than $53,000 per year.

What is the casual teacher aide pay rate in QLD, NSW, Victoria, WA, SA, ACT?

The casual teacher aide pay rate in Australia is between $33 and $43 per hour with an average casual rate of $37.20. The highest paid casual rate is NSW which pays $46.4 per hour for top level teacher aides working casually. It should be noted that this assumes a 25% loading rate in all areas however some states have different loading rates such as 15%. Casual teacher aides are generally hired on a day rate (6.5 hours) and do not receive leave entitlements such as annual leave and personal leave.


Important: Most casual teacher aides work 6.5 hours per day.


Casual teacher aide pay rate per hour

From

To

Average

WA $32.35 $40.63 $36.50
QLD $33.69 $43.65 $38.75
NSW $39.91 $46.38 $43.13
Victoria $30.19 $41.81 $36.00
SA $30.00 $41.69 $35.88
ACT $31.38 $34.63 $33.00

Average

$32.93

$41.46

$37.21

Are teacher’s aides paid for school holidays? Do teacher aides get holiday pay?

Teacher’s aides who are employed on a part-time or full-time basis are paid during school holidays in most cases. This is because they are paid an annualised salary. Even though teacher aides only work 40 weeks of the year (broadly speaking), they will be paid for 52 weeks when on a 12-month contract. The 11-12 weeks of holidays per year is one of the main reasons why many people, particularly mothers, become teacher aides in the first place.


Teacher aide salaries in WA: How much do teacher aides earn in WA?

On average teacher aides in WA will earn $29.2 per hour, $212 per day, $1095 per week, and $56,920 per year. Teacher aides in WA can expect to earn between $25.88 and $32.50 per hour according to the Education Assistants' (Government) General Agreement 2019. Teacher aides in WA can therefore earn a salary of $194 to $244 per day, $970 to $1219 per week, and $50,466 to $63,375 per year.


This average is calculated as the mid-point between the lowest and highest rate. As most teacher aides work with special needs however, they may be placed on a higher rate in year 1 (such as Level 3). Therefore, the average hourly rate for teacher aides in WA is closer to the higher end of the pay scale (around $30.50 – $32.50 per hour). Also note that the calculations above are based on a 7.5-hour day and many teacher aides work 6.5 hours.


The casual rate for teacher aides is calculated by multiplying the hourly rate with a 25% loading. This means the average casual teacher aide rate in WA is $36.5 per hour.


Below: Level 1 and 2 from the Education Assistants' (Government) General Agreement 2019.


Teacher aide salaries in WA

To learn more about teacher aide jobs, courses and other relevant information in WA I recommend reading this article.

Teacher aide salaries in QLD: How much do teacher aides earn in Queensland (QLD)?

On average teacher aides in Queensland will earn $31 per hour, $232 per day, $1160 per week, and $60,323 per year. Teacher aides in Queensland can expect to earn between $26.95 and $34.92 per hour according to the Department of Education Teacher Aides' Certified Agreement 2018. Teacher aides in Queensland can therefore earn a salary of $202 to $262 per day, $1011 to $1309 per week, and $52,552 to $68,094 per year.


This average is calculated as the mid-point between the lowest and highest rate. As most teacher aides work with special needs however, they may be placed on a higher rate in year 1 (such as Class 003). Therefore, the average hourly rate for teacher aides in Queensland is closer to the higher end of the pay scale (around $30-32 per hour). Also note that the calculations above are based on a 7.5-hour day and many teacher aides work 6.5 hours.


The casual rate for teacher aides is calculated by multiplying the hourly rate with a 25% loading. This means the casual teacher aide rate in WA is $38.75 per hour on average.


Below: Mainstream teacher aides in QLD can expect to be placed on Class 002 Paypoint 1 in their first year. Interestingly, the award specifies that to move to the third or fourth class (003 and 004), staff need to hold a Certificate III as a minimum.


weekly pay as a teacher aide

To learn more about teacher aide jobs, courses and other relevant information in QLD I recommend reading this article.

Teacher aide salaries in Victoria: How much do teacher aides earn in Victoria?

On average teacher aides in Victoria will earn $28.8 per hour, $216 per day, $1080 per week, and $56,160 per year. Teacher aides in Victoria can expect to earn between $24.15 to $33.45 per hour according to the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017 Teacher aides in Victoria can therefore earn a salary of $183 to $254 per day, $917 to $1271 per week, and $47,672 to $66,077 per year.


This average is calculated as the mid-point between the lowest and highest rate. As most teacher aides work with special needs however, they may be placed on a higher rate in year 1 (such as Level 2.1). Therefore, the average hourly rate for teacher aides in Victoria is closer to the higher end of the pay scale (around $31-33 per hour). Also note that the calculations above are based on a 7.5-hour day and many teacher aides work 6.5 hours.


The casual rate for teacher aides is calculated by multiplying the hourly rate with a 25% loading. This means the casual teacher aide rate in WA is $36 per hour on average.


The Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017 places teacher aides on two levels. The 2020 levels are circled below:

weekly pay as a teacher aide

Teacher aides in Victoria are paid at range 1 when they are providing basic support to students and teachers. The agreement says that teacher aides at this level “undertakes routine tasks that are usually carried out under close supervision and direction.” Teacher aides in Victoria can expect a salary at level 2 if they are taking on higher level responsibilities such as coordinating programs, supervising other staff, or working with students with complex needs that require support staff with specialised training.


To learn more about teacher aide jobs, courses and other relevant information in QLD I recommend reading this article.

Teacher aide salaries in NSW: How much do teacher aides earn in NSW?

On average teacher aides in NSW will earn $34.5 per hour, $259 per day, $1294 per week, and $67,275 per year. Teacher aides in NSW can expect to earn between $31.93 to $37.10 per hour according to the Crown Employees (School Administrative and Support Staff) Award 2019. Teacher aides in NSW can therefore earn a salary of $239 to $278 per day, $1195 to $1391 per week, and $62,140 to $72,345 per year.


This average is calculated as the mid-point between the lowest and highest rate. As most teacher aides work with special needs however, they may be placed on a higher rate in year 1 (such as SLSO 2). Therefore, the average hourly rate for teacher aides in NSW is closer to the higher end of the pay scale (around $35 per hour). Also note that the calculations above are based on a 7.5-hour day and many teacher aides work 6.5 hours per day.


The casual rate for teacher aides is calculated by multiplying the hourly rate with a 15% loading. This means the casual teacher aide rate in WA is $39.7 per hour on average.


The Crown Employees (School Administrative and Support Staff) Award 2019 pay rates are listed below (see SLSO rows):


weekly pay as a teacher aide

To learn more about teacher aide jobs, courses and other relevant information in NSW I recommend reading this article.

Teacher aide salaries in SA: How much do teacher aides earn in SA?

Note: at the time of writing a new agreement in SA was being negotiated. The figures below are from the old agreement and are therefore now outdated. This blog will be updated when the new agreement is released in 2020.


On average teacher aides in SA will earn $28.7 per hour, $215 per day, $1075 per week, and $55,916 per year. Teacher aides in SA can expect to earn between $24 to $33.35 per hour according to the South Australian school and preschool education staff enterprise agreement 2016. Teacher aides in SA can therefore earn a salary of $180 to $250 per day, $900 to $1248 per week, and $46,791 to $64,903 per year.


This average is calculated as the mid-point between the lowest and highest rate. As most teacher aides work with special needs however, they may be placed on a higher rate in year 1 (such as SLSO 2) as well as progress each year. Therefore, the average hourly rate across all teacher aides in SA is closer to the higher end of the pay scale (around $30 - $32 per hour). Also note that the calculations above are based on a 7.5-hour day and many teacher aides work 6.5 hours per day.


The casual rate for teacher aides in SA is calculated by multiplying the hourly rate by a 25% loading. This means the casual teacher aide rate in SA is $35.9 per hour on average.


The pay rates for School Support Officers or SSOs in SA are set out in the South Australian school and preschool education staff enterprise agreement 2016


weekly pay as a teacher aide

To learn more about teacher aide jobs, courses and other relevant information in SA I recommend reading this article.

Teacher aide salaries in ACT: How much do teacher aides earn in the ACT?

On average teacher aides in the ACT will earn $26.4 per hour, $198 per day, $990 per week, and $51,480 per year. Teacher aides in the ACT can expect to earn between $25.1 to $27.7 per hour according to the Act Public Sector Administrative and Related Classifications Enterprise Agreement 2018 – 2021. Teacher aides in the ACT can therefore earn a salary of $188 to $207 per day, $940 to $1037 per week, and $48,856 to $53,947 per year.


This average is calculated as the mid-point between the lowest and highest rate. As most teacher aides work with special needs however, they may be placed on a higher rate in year 1 as well as progress each year. Therefore, the average hourly rate across all teacher aides in the ACT is closer to the higher end of the pay scale (around $26 - $27 per hour). Also note that the calculations above are based on a 7.5-hour day and many teacher aides work 6.5 hours per day.


The casual rate for teacher aides in the ACT is calculated by multiplying the hourly rate by a 25% loading. This means the casual teacher aide rate in SA is $33 per hour on average.


The pay rates for teacher’s aides in the ACT are set out in the Act Public Sector Administrative and Related Classifications Enterprise Agreement 2018 – 2021


weekly pay as a teacher aide

To learn more about teacher aide jobs, courses and other relevant information in NSW and the ACT recommend reading this article.

Can I be a teacher aide with no experience?

It is possible to become a teacher aide with no qualifications as there are no legal requirements to hold qualifications at this point in time. People with no qualifications are known as ‘the mum’s brigade’ and they are becoming more and more rare. Very few school managers will hire a teacher aide unless they have suitable qualifications such as the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.


One reason for this is that untrained teacher aides have been shown to have a negative impact on student learning – high quality teacher aid courses cover pedagogical knowledge, teaching techniques, and a range of legal issues – skills and knowledge that the average volunteer will not possess. There is also serious duty of care issues when schools hire staff who are underqualified even if they have experience raising children.


I recommend reading the article “Six Certificates, Qualifications & Skills for Teacher’s Aides” and some of our other blog posts including “Teacher's Aide Course Online: Is it Right for You?”


You can also learn more by reading about FTTA’s qualifications such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. The guide to these courses is also useful such as this one for the Certificate III and this one for the Certificate IV.

What factors affect the pay rates for teacher aides?

How much teacher aides earn depends on a range of factors such as the following:

  • Location: the majority of teacher aides are employed by the state or territory governments each with their own pay scales.
  • School: religious, independent, and alternative schools also employ teacher aides and determine their own rates. We only cover the government schools in this article however they are very similar.
  • Students: generally speaking, teacher aides who work with special needs students are paid more than teacher aides who work in more general positions.
  • Experience: for every year of FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) experience teacher aides earn slightly more (up to a certain point).
  • Allowances: some teacher aides are entitled to allowances such as regional loading for working in rural and remote schools.
  • Specialist: specialist position such as AIEO (Aboriginal and Indigenous Education Officer) and other roles may attract a higher salary.

I recommend my blog entitled “what do teacher aides do?” to learn more about the various positions, tasks, roles and responsibilities of teacher aides in Australia.

How are the pay rates for teacher aides calculated?

classroom work as a teacher aide

Teacher aides can work in government and non-government schools.


How much you can expect to earn as a teacher aide will depend on your pay level. All states and territories (as well as most non-government schools) use a tiered system. When you first begin to work in a school, you will be placed on a level. The level is mainly determined by the position and your experience. Each year you will go up a level and will earn a little bit more. This is to reward your experience and encourage more experienced teacher aides to stay in the industry. As a general rule, there are three levels:


Level 1 is for teacher aides who work in mainstream classrooms with students without disabilities. These teacher aides commonly work in K-3 helping the teacher with a range of classroom tasks such as toileting, cleaning, and learning (mainly phonics and number sense as well as play-based learning activities).


Level 2 is for teacher aides who work in mainstream classrooms and with special needs students who need some support from a teacher aide. Teacher aides in these positions are assigned one or two students to support however they will circulate and help the teacher in a range of classroom activities.


Level 3 is for teacher aides who work with high needs students usually in special needs schools or another specialist program. This includes teacher aides who support students with physical disabilities, neurological and learning disorders, and challenging behavioural issues such as ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder).


Most teacher aides work around Level 3 (70%+ at a guess) because the majority of positions in schools are for special needs education assistants. The reason for this is that the majority of funding for teacher aides comes from the enrolment of special needs students – that funding moves with the student (should they move school).


The levels are different in every state or territory however they are relatively similar in many respects. For demonstration purposes, here is what teacher aides in WA can expect to earn for each level:

  • Teacher’s aides in WA are paid $25.88 - $26.54 for Level 1 positions.
  • Teacher’s aides in WA are paid $28.00 - $30.18 for Level 2 positions.
  • Teacher’s aides in WA are paid $30.91 - $32.50 for Level 3 positions.

Here is a screenshot from the Education Assistants award where this is information is taken from:


weekly pay as a teacher aide

This does not include casual loadings which applied for casual or relief staff. It also does not include other entitlements such as annual leave, personal leave, long service leave, training leave, community service leave, bereavement leave, domestic violence leave, and various other allowances such as first aid allowance.


When you apply for jobs you will also notice that these levels are stated on the job advertisement. The advert below is from the WA job’s board (note that you can see how the advertised pay rate matches the screenshot earlier).

weekly pay as a teacher aide

Your level will also be shown on your payslip. If you are unsure of any aspect of your pay, or if you think you may be on the incorrect pay level, speak with your school or your employer (such as the HR department).

What is the difference between casual, contract and permanent employment?

Casual staff are employed on an ‘as needed’ basis to cover staff who are absent due to sickness or annual leave. They are simply referred to as ‘relief’. Relief staff are paid a loading of 25% in most cases but do not get any leave entitlements such as annual leave and personal leave. Many teacher aides begin their career by working relief first; schools like to test unfamiliar staff before offering more long-term contracts.


Contact staff are employees who are offered positions that are between a few weeks and 12 months in length. A contracted employee may be employed to cover a staff member who is on parental leave or long service leave. They may also cover staff who have left the school or fill a short-term gap in staffing needs due to new enrolments. Often staff are offered multiple contracts (one after the other) before obtaining the coveted ‘permanency’ or permanent position.


A permanent position is when the employee ‘owns’ the position and does not have to reapply every year – they are not on annual or seasonal contracts. A permanent employee is paid for 52 weeks of the year even though they are on school grounds for around 40 weeks of the year. Teacher aides in this situation are employed in either ‘permanent part-time’ or ‘permanent full-time’ positions.


I recommend the article “Teacher’s Aide Jobs: 10 Steps to Becoming a Teacher's Aide” which covers many of the different roles, positions and hints for how to obtain work as a teacher aide in Australian.

Do I get paid more if I complete a higher qualification such as the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support?

Generally speaking, there is little or no pay difference between staff who hold the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and those who hold the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. After a few years of experience, all teacher aides will reach the top of the pay scale for their position type.


Some agreements state that a relevant Education Support qualification is required in order to progress beyond a certain pay point.


We recommend that students enrol in the highest qualification possible and in particular the teacher aide combo. The reasons for this are as follows:

  • Schools rarely hire staff without qualifications
  • Having higher qualifications builds your self-confidence and helps you to feel like you have mastered your trade
  • The higher the qualification the more you will learn and the better you will be able to support students (e.g. better pedagogical knowledge)
  • The Certificate III and IV cover separate things: having both means you cover everything, so you and the school knows you have a well-rounded education
  • Even permanent positions can be made redundant – those with higher qualifications are less likely to be moved or made redundant than those with no qualifications.
  • Staff with qualifications can apply for higher level positions that attract a higher salary such as positions that entail managing learning programs and coordinating other staff. This can place you on a similar salary to some teachers.
  • If you ever want to move schools or apply for a new job, the higher the qualification the better as you will be competing against other applicants.

In other words, there are many reasons why getting the highest qualification (or preferably two qualifications) is recommended, even though you may not get paid more based purely on the qualifications you hold.

A note about tax

The amounts stated above are pre-tax amounts and do not account for personal tax which will be deducted by your employer and paid directly to the Australian Taxation Office.


To give you an idea of why you may pay in tax however, a person earning $200 per day, $1000 per week, or $52,000 per year can expect to pay approximately $8500 per year in personal tax plus the 2% Medicare levy for those earning over a certain amount. This assumes no dependants, deductions, exemptions, credits, offsets, losses, other income, or surcharges – all of which can affect your taxable income and your tax payable.


See the ATO personal tax calculator for more accurate information based on your situation.

About the author

Adam Green is an advisor to government, a former teacher, an instructional designer and an author. He is completing a Doctor of Education and was previously head of department for one of the country’s largest SAER (students at educational risk) schools. Adam is managing director of Fast Track Training Australia, an accredited training provider for thousands of teacher’s aides every year.


Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to check his article for accuracy, information may be outdated, inaccurate or not relevant to you and your location/employer/contract. It is not intended as legal or professional advice. Calculations are often assumptions based on amalgamated or extrapolated figures taken from published information in the relevant agreement. While calculations are presented in table format, comparisons between jurisdictions may not be accurate or valid. Users should seek expert advice such as by contacting the relevant education department, should make their own enquiries, and should not rely on any of the information provided.

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The introductory teacher aide course for anyone seeking to work as a support worker.

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