CPD information for supply, contract and non-school teachers

Continuing professional development (CPD) is an annual requirement for all teachers with full registration including those on supply or contract. This includes supply/relief or contract teaching in an Australian school, or in another setting delivering an educational program based on a syllabus or kindergarten guideline approved or accredited by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).

If you teach in a non-school setting or deliver programs other than those listed above you do not have a CPD requirement.

As a supply/contract teacher you need to complete at least 20 hours of professional development for each calendar year in which you teach 20 days or more.  You also need to keep records of the CPD you complete. It is advisable to keep a record of your hours of teaching practice (e.g. via payslips or statements of service) and evidence of participation in CPD activities.

You can use the QCT's online recording tool to record your CPD. This is available through myQCT. If you are audited by the QCT, you are required to submit your CPD records using this tool. 

More information on CPD requirements

More information on recording your CPD

More information about the CPD audit

Strategies for accessing professional development

  • Participate in QCT-provided workshops, information sessions and web conferences. For information about these events when they are announced, and registration check the QCT Events website.
  • Check myQCT to access online professional learning support provided by QCT.
  • Find out who coordinates professional development within your school(s) and how to access information about the opportunities that may be available and appropriate.
  • Request permission to participate in pupil free day professional development activities and any other professional development activities provided at the schools where you regularly work.
  • Access your employer’s website regularly for information on upcoming professional development opportunities.
  • Regularly read your employer’s publications for information on professional development activities and resources.
  • For information on workshops and other events visit the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) website.
  • Network with supply and other teachers in your region to share information about sources of professional development such as local presenters, private providers, and useful websites.
  • Join relevant discussion lists online.
  • Join a professional association and access professional development through meetings or journals.
  • Check your union’s website (QTU, QIEU) for information about professional development opportunities.
  • Check the QCT’s CPD resources and activities page.

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