Advanced classroom expertise teacher recognition

The ACET allowance was introduced as part of the settlement of the Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement 2013-2016 (PTCA) to recognize exemplary practice in primary teaching.

The ACET allowance recognises that there are primary teachers who have developed an exemplary level of classroom practice. It provides an alternative career pathway (as opposed to formalised leadership and management roles) for teachers who want to stay in the classroom and who have developed their expertise to a level above that of the Experienced Teacher professional standards. A recognised ACET receives an ongoing allowance of $5,000 per annum.

In keeping with this alternative career pathway purpose, ACET recognised teachers are not expected to undertake additional tasks as a consequence of receiving the ACET allowance. Where they are already receiving a permanent or fixed term unit for wider school responsibilities this should continue in recognition of that wider contribution.  


Timeline for the current application round:

ACET expression of interest process opens 15 January
Expression of interest submissions close 12 March
Teachers notified and selected teachers asked to submit portfolio 26 March
Final date for principal endorsement of expression of interest 26 March
Portfolio submissions close 3 September 
Teachers notified of outcome 12 November
First allowance paid January

You will find the eligibility criteria and information on how to apply for the ACET allowance in this section.

If you hold the ACET recognition please go to the ACET recognised teachers page for further information.



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