FAQs

Get answers to your questions about the application and selection process.


Who is eligible to apply?
How do I apply?
How do I know which NSW public schools are considered rural or remote?
Do I need to find another teacher to exchange with?
If I want to try and source my own exchange counterpart, how should I go about doing so?
Can I change my application after I have submitted it?
Can I apply for a rural teacher exchange as well as an International teacher exchange?
I applied for a rural teacher exchange last year but was unsuccessful/a suitable exchange counterpart wasn't identified. Can I apply again?
What happens after I submit my application?
What does the match-making process involve?
Will both successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of the outcome?
Will I have to organise my own accommodation for the period of the exchange?
If I accept the exchange, when will it commence?
Will I receive my normal salary while on exchange?
What are the taxation implications regarding the $1,000 allowance?
What will my professional responsibilities be during and following the exchange?
Will I need to communicate with my exchange counterpart?
What happens if I cannot continue in the program during the exchange period?
Where can I find out more?



Who is eligible to apply?

Permanent DEC teachers who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for a Rural teacher exchange. You may also be eligible to apply for an International teacher exchange.

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How do I apply?

To apply for the Rural teacher exchange program, download the application form (DOC 2.99 MB) and email the completed document to corporate.exchangeprograms@det.nsw.edu.au.

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How do I know which NSW public schools are considered rural or remote?

Refer to the list of NSW public schools that are located in rural or remote areas.

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Do I need to find another teacher to exchange with?

No, our teacher exchange team will attempt to match successful applicants with a suitable exchange counterpart, however, you can request to exchange with a particular teacher on your application form.

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If I want to try and source my own exchange counterpart, how should I go about doing so?

You could use your professional and personal networks to make contact with potential exchange teachers, explore sister-school contacts (if your school has a sister school) and/or make direct contact with teachers at the school(s) or in the area you'd like to exchange to.

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Can I change my application after I have submitted it?

Yes. To make changes to your application after you have submitted it, email the teacher exchange team: corporate.exchangeprograms@det.nsw.edu.au.

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Can I apply for a rural teacher exchange as well as an International teacher exchange?

Yes, you can apply for both programs if you meet the eligibility criteria

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I applied for a rural teacher exchange last year but was unsuccessful/a suitable exchange counterpart wasn't identified. Can I apply again?

Yes, if you meet the eligibility criteria

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What happens after I submit my application?

The teacher exchange team will contact your Principal to obtain a completed Principals' recommendation in support of your application for a Rural teacher exchange.

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What does the match-making process involve?

After the closing date, the teacher exchange team will suggest possible placements to successful applicant principals. If suitable to the school, the placement will be offered to the applicant. Priority will be given to exchanges that best support the goals of the Rural and Remote Education: A blueprint for action (PDF KB).

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Will both successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of the outcome?

Yes. Both unsuccessful and successful applicants will be notified of the outcome via email once the selection and match-making process is complete.

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Will I have to organise my own accommodation for the period of the exchange?

Exchange of accommodation is not the responsibility of the department or the teacher exchange team. It must be arranged privately between exchange counterparts.

Applicants may choose to swap accommodation with their exchange counterpart or seek their own accommodation.

Teachers exchanging to a rural area may be eligible for teacher housing or a rental subsidy, depending on the location. Find out about the benefits and incentives that are available to teachers in rural or remote areas.

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If I accept the exchange, when will it commence?

The exchange is for a twelve month period, commencing on the first day of Term 1 in January the following year and running through to the last day of Term 4 in December.

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Will I receive my normal salary while on exchange?

Yes. Salaries are not swapped between exchange participants, however, participants are entitled to any additional benefits and entitlements that are available to teachers at the host school. The benefits vary from school to school.

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What are the taxation implications regarding the $1,000 allowance?

The $1,000 allowance for travel and exchange-related expenses is taxable, hence tax will be withheld from the payment before it is paid into your nominated bank account alongside your salary.

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What will my professional responsibilities be during and following the exchange?

Just as you would fulfil your duties in your home workplace, you will need to fulfil your exchange counterpart's duties at your host school. After the exchange, you will need to teach with the Department for at least 12 months.

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Will I need to communicate with my exchange counterpart?

Exchange participants are responsible for their own personal and professional organisation. Successful applicants must ensure that they correspond with their exchange partner, obtain relevant school information, correspond with their host principal, nominate a school sponsor and community sponsor and inform and prepare students, staff and parents for the arrival of the incoming exchange participant so as to ensure a smooth transition. Providing your exchange counterpart with 'handover notes' may assist with the transition.

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What happens if I cannot continue in the program during the exchange period?

If, due to extenuating circumstances, you need to withdraw from the exchange program before the end of the 12 month period, you will need to discuss the situation with your Principal at your host school and with the teacher exchange team.

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Where can I find out more?

If you can't find answers to your questions in the above FAQs, contact our teacher exchange team via corporate.exchangeprograms@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 02 4224 9085.

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