Welcome to the Department of Education's web site for the Notebooks for Teachers Program.
These pages are designed to be the primary source of information for teachers on the Notebooks for Teachers Program. Program news, forms, Professional Development (PD) information etc will be published within these pages as it becomes available.
The Department’s Notebooks for Teachers Program invites eligible teachers to enrol on a voluntary basis and receive the use of a leased notebook computer, complete with software, insurance and support for work and personal use for three years.
Participating teachers are required to contribute a portion of the cost of the notebooks via a salary-sacrificed deduction from their fortnightly pay (this component is currently set at 75%). The Department subsidizes the remaining 25% of the purchase cost and the cost of ancillary services such as telephone support and insurance cover, extended warranty cover, collections (at end of lease) and so on.
The Notebooks for Teachers Program is open to all full time and part time (0.1 PTF or more) teaching staff contracted to work for 12 months or more with the Department and who work directly with students. The program is also open to Principals and Deputy Principals working in schools, School Psychologists, and Vocational Trainers.
Participants make a fortnightly contribution from their payroll towards the cost of providing the notebooks. For 2013 the contribution rates for new notebooks became $15.20 per fortnight (Dell) or $15.50 per fortnight (Apple). Rates for 2014 may increase somewhat due to recent exchange rate changes. (Older rates still apply for re-assigned notebooks - see the "Pre-Leased Notebooks Offer" link below.)
Contributions are deducted from fortnightly pay as a salary sacrifice (i.e. before tax) resulting in a $6 per fortnight tax saving; the current nett cost over three years is therefore less than $750.
New notebooks are offered on a periodic basis, with a registration period followed by deliveries a few weeks later. Dell will be the supplier of PC notebooks from 2011 and Apple notebooks will also be offered.
There will be four offers on new notebooks in 2014; it is expected that
the first ("Round 29") will be opened during January for delivery late in Term
1 or early Term 2. Details will be available from our
News page in the near future.
Also, used notebooks are available for reassignment, when stock is available, under the Pre-leased Notebooks Offer – please follow the link details and an application form.