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Taking a leave of absence and returning from a leave of absence

If you plan on taking a break from teaching in NSW for a period of six months to five years, you can take apply for a leave of absence from accreditation. Reasons for taking a leave of absence might include maternity leave, sickness, moving out of NSW or changing industries.

A leave of absence places your NSW accreditation and fees on hold. You cannot teach in a NSW early childhood education and care service or school while you are on a leave of absence.

You will need to reactivate your accreditation before you can return to teach.

Applying for a leave of absence

You cannot apply over the phone. You must:

  1. Log into your online account. You will need your username and password. (Don’t have an account? You need to open one)
  2. Select ‘Leave of absence’ from the left-hand menu and follow the prompts
  3. Enter the date you intend to start leave and the expected end-date
  4. You will receive an email confirming your request.

You cannot teach in NSW while you are on a leave of absence.

Back-dating leave

You cannot apply for a back-dated leave of absence online. To back-date a leave of absence, you need to complete the form below and provide evidence for your reason for taking leave (for example a child’s birth certificate or passport entries). Please provide the last date you taught in NSW, and the date you returned or plan to return to teaching.

Complete the Leave Of Absence Application Form (PDF 530 KB).

Email or post your form and the evidence to:

contactus@nesa.nsw.edu.au 

Finance - Leave of Absence
GPO Box 5300
SYDNEY NSW 2001

Payment of the Annual fee

If you are taking leave for a continuous period of more than six months in the current calendar year, beginning no later than 30 April and/or not returning to teaching before 1 October of that year, we may waive your annual fee.

To be eligible you must notify us of your intended leave of absence:

  • before 29 January of the calendar year in which your leave is to occur
  • within three months of your initial accreditation date, for newly accredited teachers, or
  • up to three months after the expiry of a previous leave of absence.

This rule is strictly applied.

Read more about fees and leave.

Returning from a leave of absence

You will need to reactivate your accreditation before you can return to teach in NSW.

Following a leave of absence (6 months to 5 years):

  • Teachers who reactivate their accreditation between 1 January and 30 September (inclusive) must pay the current calendar year accreditation fee.
  • Teachers who reactivate their accreditation between 1 October and 31 December (inclusive) are not required to pay that calendar year accreditation fee.

Download our Leave of Absence Policy (PDF 17 KB).

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