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Entitlements, Benefits & Incentives

The Catholic School Difference

We are the largest non-government employer in the region. Our schools promote high standards of behaviour and respect for self and others and enjoy strong partnerships with parents who want the best for their child.


Most of our employees are engaged under the terms and conditions of the Catholic Employing Authorities Single Enterprise Collective Agreement. To find out more about employment entitlements download a copy of the Agreement.

Benefits & Incentives 

Competitive Salaries

Catholic Education Cairns pays attractive salaries. Teachers are paid from more than $78,000 to over $114,000. Teachers can take part in additional Highly Accomplished Teacher or Lead Teacher (HAT & LT) certification to earn up to $133,000 per year.

Extra Superannuation Contributions & Salary Packaging

We provide a co-payment for increased employer contributions to superannuation, which can equate to 17.5 per cent. We have providers to assist with salary packaging, which allows you to pay for certain expenses with pre-tax dollars which may increase your disposable income.  

Remote Area Incentives

Financial and other incentives are provided to teachers based in rural and remote areas. These incentives may include fortnightly and bi-annual payments (additional to salary), travel and emergent leave days, accelerated long service leave and annual airfare allowances. Teachers are eligible for relocation assistance in remote areas. Accommodation may also be provided. Relocation assistance and accommodation in rural areas is negotiable on a school-by-school basis and can be discussed at time of interview. 

Flexible Work Arrangements

Flexible work arrangements allow you to apply for changes to hours of work, patterns of work or your location. These arrangements may be accessible to employees caring for elderly parents, children, or grandchildren, or transitioning to retirement.

Parental Leave

We offer 14 weeks of paid parental leave at full pay, or 28 weeks of paid parental leave at half pay for those who are eligible. We also offer 10 days spousal leave. 

Long Service Leave

Employees are entitled to access their accrued long service leave after completing seven years of continuous service. Employees may access their leave at half pay and can apply to ‘cash out’ a proportion of their long service leave. Employees joining us from other dioceses within the Catholic sector, have portability of long service leave entitlements. Special arrangements can also be made with some other education sectors. 

Induction & Orientation Programs

Catholic Education welcomes new employees with comprehensive induction and orientation programs to ensure employees are well-supported as they settle into their role. 

Early Career Teacher Support Program

We offer a structured two-year support program for first-year teachers, which is available to all new graduates. This includes a formal induction, professional development, and additional release time to enable the graduate teacher to attend mentoring meetings and observe exemplary teaching in action. A 12-month graduate teacher mentor program is available to every newcomer. 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 

Catholic Education provides employees and their families confidential counselling, coaching and personal support through the Employee Assistance program. 

Professional Development 

Professional development opportunities are provided to ensure every student receives a world class education.


Opportunities for career advancement are more readily available and accessible in smaller schools and a smaller-sized Diocese such as ours.

Modern Facilities

Our schools are equipped with modern facilities and equipment, offering our students a 21st century education.