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The 2014-15 State Budget Paper 3 provided a $15 million fund for once-off discretionary payments to some teachers whose long service leave entitlements were reduced following amendments to the Education Act 1972.
Applications for discretionary payments closed on 30 December 2016. Each applicant has received confirmation from DECD that their application has been received.
DECD has commenced work on the employment service history of each applicant. Where necessary this includes research of service records dating back to 1972, which are not available in digital form.
This information, along with material provided by applicants, will be provided by DECD to the Attorney-General.
Payments can only be made after all applications have been considered by the Attorney-General. This will make sure total payments do not exceed the available fund of $15 million.
Based upon the large number of applications received, the estimated completion month for decisions is December 2017.
The taxation rate on payments is presently being considered by the Department of Treasury and Finance.
Queries must be submitted by email to DECD.TeacherLSL [at] sa.gov.au