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Home > Membership Sectors > Transition to Retirement

Transition to Retirement

MtAlvernia56.jpgAn effective transition can provide the flexibility and peace of mind that members need as they approach retirement.

What will your transition look like?

The ways in which members choose to transition to retirement vary depending on their individual needs and circumstances.

  • A transition to retirement may consist of arrangements such as:
  • Job sharing with another staff member
  • Working a lesser load on fewer days
  • Working partial days
  • Undertaking different duties, roles or projects (e.g. non-classroom based roles)
  • Accessing special leave arrangements (e.g. long service) in the lead up to retirement
  • Deferring your salary or purchasing leave under your collective agreement

Member resource:

  • Transition to Retirement brochure
    (This is a member-only resource - please contact our union to obtain a copy)
Col's sustainable path to retirement

Col_at_CleanUp_web.jpgStarting his career in a small Catholic secondary college for boys in Sydney, IEUA-QNT member Col Grant never anticipated to still be working in education past the customary retirement age. 

Col has spent most of his teaching career at Villanova College in Brisbane, specialising in geography and environmental science — where he is making use of his expert knowledge in a non-teaching role as part of a transition to retirement.  

“From the start of this year I have begun supply teaching and working in a non-teaching position referred to as Environmental Compliance,” Mr Grant said. 

“Supply teaching allows me to maintain contact with students and staff, while providing valuable service to the college. 

“The environmental role gives me the opportunity to follow interests I have built up over the years, working on matters I believe to be important, along with supporting the environmental initiatives of others. 

Click here to read more about Col's story.

Our union can help

For members of our union, our industrially trained staff can provide you with assistance in:

  • Understanding the process of transitioning to retirement
  • Advising specific leave or transition to retirement entitlements that may be outlined in your agreement
  • Reading through and providing advice on your application
  • Pursuing a dispute where possible, should your application be rejected.

StAnthonys08.jpgYour rights under current employment standards

Under the National Employment Standards (NES), employees who have completed 12 months’ continuous service have the right to request flexible working arrangements in certain circumstances.

One circumstance is where an employee is aged 55 years or over.

Changes in working arrangements could include reduction in hours, change to the pattern of work or change to the location of work.

We need to strengthen transition to retirement options

Despite efforts from IEUA-QNT members during bargaining, collective agreements in our sector do not currently contain flexible work arrangement provisions beyond those contained within the NES.

Our union will continue to campaign on this issue, both on an individual member basis and during sector-wide collective bargaining campaigns.


Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.