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At least 15% of teachers in schools and TAFEs across the country who are employed as casual or on contract are missing out on the federal government’s $130 billion-plus safety net.

Being unable to access JobKeeper payments poses a short-term financial problem for these essential workers and a longer-term one for Australia’s education system that's already facing a demographic threat due to its ageing workforce.

Public sector casuals and contractors are left high and dry: they work for a system, not for a business. Online education has frozen most casuals out of work, and those on contracts face an uncertain future with a standard month’s notice on most contracts.