Teacher Locality Allowance17-08-2011
Country Teachers living in locations that are prescribed under the Award are eligible to be paid locality allowances for:
- Compensation for Adverse Environment
- Vacation Periods Allowance for Cost of Commuting from Distant Schools
- Motor Vehicle Allowance in respect of Abnormal Depreciation
- Allowance by way of Compensation for Increased Cost of Living Arising from Country Service and some Aspects of Isolation.
The Motor Vehicle Allowance in respect of Abnormal Depreciation and the Allowance by way of Compensation for Increased Cost of Living arising from Country Service and some Aspects of Isolation are increased by the CPI.
The AEU has successfully applied to have these allowances increased by 4.9% backdated until 1 July 2010.
The per km rate on which the allowance for cost of commuting from distance schools is calculated has also been increased to 22 cents from 1 October 2010.
In recent inspections of pay records the AEU identified that a number of country teachers eligible for these allowances were not receiving them. For example, very few eligible teachers in schools of 320 km or more from Adelaide were being paid the allowance for vacation periods.
We encourage you to check your pay slip and the Teachers (DECS) Award to ensure that you are being paid correctly.