Supply teachers


As a supply teacher, your role is essential to school staffing. You can often choose between short or long-term contracts in a variety of school settings; it can be a very rewarding and satisfying way to teach.

Working as a supply teacher

Teacher Relief and Contract Employment Register (TRACER) is a departmental service that helps you gain employment in Queensland state schools on a temporary or casual basis. You are able to set up a MyHR Recruitment TRACER account to list your preferences for bookings with schools.

The replacement teacher expectations statement is an overview of the expectations schools may have regarding your employment.

TRACER welcome pack

The TRACER welcome pack has been designed to assist new and returning replacement teachers as an on-boarding tool. It will guide you through the application process and prepare you for your first teaching engagement.

Mandatory induction

All employees are required to complete Mandatory All-Staff Training within a week of starting work with the department. Additional mandatory training requirements based on role, responsibilities and location may also apply. A refresher program is then completed annually.

For supply teachers, school leaders will determine when to provide induction information. They will consider the time frame of employment, the hours employed, the nature of the work, and the geographical location of the employee.

Temporary and casual employees must complete all mandatory components of induction within the first school term of their engagement – preferably within 20 working days – or 3 months from their first engagement where employment is not continuous. Priority should be given to Student Protection and Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment training.

The mandatory annual training ready reckoner provides information on required programs.

The induction planner provides a guide for the information you can expect to receive as part of your induction.

Access to the Learning Place
To access the Mandatory All-Staff Training and other required programs on the Learning Place, you will need to call Learning Place Support on 1800 680 445 (follow the prompts) to obtain your logon ID and password. Please note the Learning Place Support team are available Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm (excluding public holidays).

Policy and procedures

Relevant departmental policies for supply teachers can be found on the Policy and Procedure Register and include:

Professional standards for teachers

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers are used for registration purposes with the Queensland College of Teachers.

Professional learning

As a professional, you take responsibility for sourcing learning opportunities and meeting the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements associated with registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.

Supply teachers searching for professional development opportunities can investigate options by visiting:

Top tips for a great supply day

  • Dress professionally.
  • Arrive early and ask for relevant school documents and policies – behaviour plan, school maps, list of relevant names (i.e. Principal, HOC/HOD), playground roster.
  • Bring some of your own resources just in case a class program isn't provided.
  • Prepare for the day before the students arrive, where possible.
  • Develop a good rapport with your students.
  • Display a positive attitude – introduce yourself to the neighbouring staff.
  • Communicate your expectations for work and behaviour to the students.
  • Keep the students working productively throughout the day.
  • Keep the day interesting.
  • Accurately record any incidents that happen during the day.
  • Leave a note for the teacher about how the day went.
  • Tidy up before you leave.
  • Be flexible!
Last updated 08 March 2021