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Taking or returning from leave

If you are taking extended time off, you may be able to put your accreditation on hold. You may also be eligible to have your fee waived, but you have to notify NESA in advance. While you are on a leave of absence you must not teach in NSW. Your accreditation must be reactivated before you return to teaching in NSW.

Taking leave

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 to have your fee waived, you must notify us of your intended leave of absence:

  • before 29 January of the calendar year in which the leave is to occur
  • within 3 months of your initial accreditation date, for newly accredited teachers, or
  • up to 3 months after the expiry of your previous leave of absence.

More about taking a break from teaching in NSW.

Returning from leave

You must not teach in NSW while on a leave of absence. You must reactivate your accreditation, when you return from extended leave and before returning to teaching.

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

More information

If you have any questions, email contactus@nesa.nsw.edu.au or call 1300 739338.

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