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Secondment Policy


1. Policy statement

The Department of Education permits the secondment of permanent employees in accordance with governing legislation, Commissioner’s Instructions, and Department policy and procedures.

2. Policy rules

Secondment decisions will be made by principals and line managers in accordance with the Secondment Procedures.


The Director General has the power to second employees provided under the School Education Act 1999 and Public Sector Management Act 1994 and has delegated this authority to principals or line managers of employees seeking secondment.


3. Responsibility for implementation and compliance

Principals and line managers are responsible for implementation of the policy.

The Executive Director, Workforce is responsible for compliance monitoring.

4. Scope

This policy applies to all permanent employees.


6. Definitions

The temporary movement of an employee to a different employing authority or outside of the public sector.

An agreement outlining specific conditions of the secondment as agreed to by all parties.

7. Related documents

8. Contact information

Policy manager:

Director, Workforce Policy and Coordination

Policy contact officer:

Secondment Officer, Staff Recruitment and Employment Services

T: (08) 9264 4412

For further information on unauthorised absences beyond the secondment period:

Labour Relations Branch

T: (08) 9264 4921

9. History of changes

Effective date Last update date Policy version no.
30 November 2012 2.0
This policy replaces Secondment of Staff: Public Service, Other Officers and Teaching Staff. D12/0538594.
30 November 2012 11 July 2013 2.0
Amendments of references to documents as per D13/0222254.
18 October 2016 3.0
Major review undertaken and reformatted into policy and procedures. Approved by Director General at Corporate Executive meeting on 31 August 2016.
11 December 2018 4.0
Major review of the Secondment policy and procedures undertaken. Approved by Director General at Corporate Executive on 31 October 2018.

10. More information

This policy:

Download policy PDFSecondment Policy v4.0

Supporting procedures:

Download Procedures PDFSecondment Procedures

Policy and all supporting documents:

Download Policy Bundle ZIPSecondment Policy Bundle

Policy review date

11 November 2021