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Retirement and resignation

If you have decided to retire or resign from the department, you must provide written notice to your manager or delegate.


You can decide to resign at any time. 

You can retire if you are 55 years of age or older.

When to provide your written notice

You must provide written notice of your decision to retire or resign. The required notice period depends on your role:

  • Public Sector Act staff – 14 calendar days
  • teachers – 14 calendar days unless an earlier date is needed for superannuation purposes - if you're retiring or resigning at the end of a school year, your retirement or resignation date will be the day before term 1 of the following year
  • ancillary staff (1 or more years of continuous service) – 2 weeks
  • ancillary staff (less than 1 year of continuous service) – 1 week.

How to provide your written notice

Complete and submit a notice of resignation or retirement form to your delegate.

You must submit your notice of resignation or retirement to at least a level 4 delegate. If you're a level 4, 3, or 2 delegate, you must submit your notice to a delegate who is at least 1 level more senior than you.

If you are not currently allocated to a site (such as an employee with no ‘right of return’) you will need to forward your form to People and Culture Operations for a delegate signature. More information about this is on the form.

Exit reports and interviews

You can have an exit interview or provide an employee exit report if you want to. Indicate on the notice of resignation or retirement form if this is what you want.

For more information, see the employee exit procedure.


If you're resigning or retiring from permanent employment and are considering reapplying for casual or temporary employment within the SA Public Sector, you must make sure you receive your Super SA superannuation payment first. This will make sure you're paid your benefit before starting that new employment

You're not required to take your superannuation benefit. If you do not receive your benefit before starting that new employment, and further contributions are made to your account, your superannuation cannot be paid out until that employment ends.

If you have any questions about superannuation, including contributions, contact Super SA directly.

Payroll matters

If you have questions about leave payouts or other entitlements, you need to contact payroll services by emailing EDUPayrollDoc [at] sa.gov.au or calling 8462 1333 and selecting option 1 then option 2.


People and Culture Services

Phone: 8226 1356
EmailEducation.leave [at] sa.gov.au