FAQs

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

Who is eligible to apply?
Where can I get some advice regarding which studies to complete?
What's the maximum number of years I can study under the sponsorship?
How do I apply?
I applied for STEP last year but was unsuccessful. Can I apply again?
Can I apply if I am on LWOP?
What does the selection process involve?
Will successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of the outcome?
If my application has been unsuccessful, can I be provided with information as to why?
What are the commitments of a STEP recipient?
When are STEP recipients paid their annual training and general purpose allowances?
What are the taxation implications regarding the STEP allowances and grant?
When are STEP recipients appointed to their permanent position?
Can STEP recipients be permanently appointed to the school they're currently teaching at?
Do STEP recipients who are appointed to rural or remote areas receive additional benefits?
What are the geographic areas of workforce need?
Where can I find out more?

Who is eligible to apply?

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

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Where can I get some advice regarding which studies to complete?

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

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What's the maximum number of years I can study under the sponsorship?

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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How do I apply?

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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I applied for STEP last year but was unsuccessful. Can I apply again?

Yes, if you meet the eligibility criteria.

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Can I apply if I am on LWOP?

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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What does the selection process involve?

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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Will successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of the outcome?

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 my application has been unsuccessful, can I be provided with information as to why?

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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What are the commitments of a STEP recipient?

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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When are STEP recipients paid their annual training and general purpose allowances?

STEP recipients are paid their $5,000 annual training allowance for full time study (pro rata for part-time study) and $300 general purpose allowance once the sponsored training team receives confirmation of their enrolment in their teacher education studies. Allowances are paid in the form of an electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly into the nominated bank account.

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What are the taxation implications regarding the STEP allowances and grant?

The $5,000 annual training allowance for full time study (pro rata for part-time study), $300 general purpose allowance and $2500 study completion grant must be declared as assessable income on annual income tax returns.

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When are STEP recipients appointed to their permanent position?

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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Can STEP recipients be permanently appointed to the school they're currently teaching at?

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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Do STEP recipients who are appointed to rural or remote areas receive additional benefits?

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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What are the geographic areas of workforce need?

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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Where can I find out more?

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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