An approved authority to teach or work letter is required by teachers and ancillary staff of South Australian government schools or preschools.
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Teachers who have met the minimum teaching requirements for employment on the Edujobs employable teacher register (ETR) will be emailed an approved authority to teach letter for the year they have applied for employment.
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Ancillary staff who have met the minimum ancillary requirements for employment on the Edujobs employable ancillary register (EAR) will be emailed an approved authority to work letter for the year they have applied for employment.
Visit Edujobs to place your details on the employable ancillary register.
Principals and Preschool Directors are required to ensure the APPROVED authority to teach/work letter is presented at their site on the first day a temporary employee works. A copy of the authority is required to be kept along with a copy of the following documents:
- Photo identification
- Relevant History Screening – DHS Working With Children Check (WWCC) and/or Teachers Registration Certificate
- Respond to Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care (RAN-EC) certificate.
An authority to teach or work letter is only valid where dates of all licenses and certificates are current and minimum requirements have been met and the word ‘approved’ appears at the top of the letter.
When any of the licenses or certificates have expired, the authority letter is not valid, and the words ‘not approved’ will appear at the top of the letter.
An applicant cannot be employed until all minimum requirements have been met and licenses and certificates are current.
Whenever an application for employment has been amended or updated, a new authority to teach or work letter will be emailed.
The letter will only show changes to certificate dates, some changes to personal details, and an applicant's current status of ‘approved’ or ‘not approved’. The letter is a confirmation that a change has been made.
Online registrations for employment can expect the authority to teach or work letter to be emailed when our compliance team has verified:
- screens and questions have been completed and answered accurately and correctly
- mandatory certificates and licenses are current and attached to the screen
- all the minimum requirements to work or tech have been met
- employment declaration questions are fully completed.
Applications are processed in order of receipt.
It can take up to 6 weeks to clear and issue your letter of authority to teach or work letter.
There may be a further delay if you submit your application during peak times (October to January). You can still apply for advertised positions and will be considered for temporary positions pending issue of your authority to teach or work letter.
Applications submitted after 31 October may not be cleared in time to start work at the start of term one.
Delays in being cleared for employment
There may be delays in receiving your authority to teach or work letter if:
- you have answered ‘yes’ to any question in the employment declaration of the Edujobs application
- you are a new applicant (residency and qualifications must be verified)
- you have not provided full disclosure or supporting documents to your ‘yes’ responses in the employment declaration – further information may be requested
- the minimum requirements for employment are incomplete or not met
- there are errors in your application
- you have not completed your registration by 31 October.
The extra time required for follow up will vary and depends on the nature and complexity of the issues identified.
People and Culture Services
Phone: 8226 1356
Email: Education.Recruitment [at] sa.gov.au