FAQs

Get answers to your questions about the Sponsored Training Education Program (STEP).

Approved teachers who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for the Sponsored Training Education Program.

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For advice on further studies required for all curriculum and specialist teaching areas, email additional.approval@det.nsw.edu.au.

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STEP recipients must complete the nominated course or studies in no more than double the minimum length of time required to complete the course/studies.

For Teacher Librarian, ESL and Careers Adviser, the studies will need to be completed by the required timeframe in line with the condition of your employment.

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Applications must be submitted using the application form – click the "APPLY NOW" button on the Sponsored Training Education Program webpage. You will need your principal and two referees to complete supporting statements as part of your application.

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Yes, if you meet the eligibility criteria.

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Yes, you can apply for STEP if you are on leave without pay (LWOP) provided you have not had a break from teaching for more than five years.

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STEP offers are dependent on the applicant:

  1. having approval to teach in NSW public schools
  2. being enrolled in studies to acquire additional competencies in one of these high-demand subject areas:
  3. entering into a Deed of Agreement, a legally binding agreement that outlines the responsibilities of both the STEP applicant and the department.

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Yes. Both unsuccessful and successful applicants are notified of the outcome via email once the selection process is completed. If you change your contact details after the closing date, please email your updated contact details to the sponsored training team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au

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If you would like feedback on your application, contact the sponsored training team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 1300 300 634

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Successful applicants are required to sign a Deed of Agreement (PDF 233 KB) with the department, committing them to:

  1. successfully acquiring additional competencies in one of these high demand subject areas:
  2. accepting appointment as a permanent full-time teacher to a NSW public school on completion of required studies
  3. remaining in the permanent full time teaching position they are appointed to on completion of their studies for a minimum period of three years.

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STEP recipients are paid their $10,000 training allowance for full time study (pro rata for part time study) once the sponsored training team receives confirmation of their teacher education studies. The full $10,000 allowance is paid based on a full time study load of 8 subjects or more. Allowances are paid in the form of an electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly into their nominated bank account.

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The training allowance and study completion grant must be declared as assessable income on annual income tax returns.

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STEP recipients are appointed to a permanent full time teaching position in a NSW public school for the first day of the school term following completion of the required studies.

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If you are a permanent NSW public school teacher, you can remain in the school you're currently teaching in as long as there is a need and the principal supports this at the time of your application. If you are casual or temporary teacher, you must be willing to work in high-demand metropolitan and/or rural and remote locations.

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On completion of their studies and appointment to a permanent position, STEP recipients may be eligible for a wide range of incentives and benefits. The benefits vary from school to school. Use the benefits calculator to find out about the benefits and incentives that are available to teachers at individual schools.

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The high-demand metropolitan locations include Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Granville, Liverpool, Mount Druitt and Windsor. The high-demand rural locations include Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Bourke, Broken Hill, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Griffith, Maitland, Moree, Muswellbrook, Orange, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga.

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If you can't find answers to your questions in the above FAQs, contact our sponsored training team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 1300 300 634

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