Budgeting

This page is only relevant if you are responsible for outlining the unit of study budget.

Check with your head of discipline/department about:

  • whether coordinators are required to provide a budget outlining costs involved in teaching the unit of study
  • when the budget must be submitted.

If a teaching budget is required

Base your calculations of casual costs on the following:

  1. The number of lectures and the length of each lecture (e.g. 1 or 2 hours, 3 times a week for 13 weeks). See casual rates for Lecturing under the Casual academic staff rates of pay.
  2. The number of tutorials/workshops/laboratory sessions and their length (e.g. 1 or 2 hours, 3 times a week for 13 weeks). See casual rates for Tutoring and for Other required academic activity under the Casual academic staff rates of pay.
  3. The number of non-permanent staff for the above two points.
  4. Any 'non-cost' components, like the number of permanent staff who will teach in your unit as part of their regular teaching load.
  5. Note that 'repeat' lectures, tutorials, workshops, labs and so on are paid at a lower rate, and so the total costs will vary depending on the number of different staff you employ and how many classes they take.
  6. Remember the costs associated with assessment. Some teaching contracts include a certain amount of marking (and preparation) in the rate of pay, while other contracts don’t. It may also depend on the nature of the marking. For example, in-class marking is probably included in the teaching rate of pay, whereas marking 50 x 2000 word essays may be paid separately. Use the link in point 2 to access casual rates for marking.

Still need help?

Budget questions

Try contacting your local finance or HR officer. They may be able to help you with details, contracts and so on.