Benefits of teaching in rural and remote NSW
Demand for teachers in many rural and remote locations throughout NSW is high. To improve your employment prospects and fast-track your career as a teacher in NSW public schools, consider teaching in rural or remote locations.
Teach in rural or remote NSW
Teachers who work in NSW public schools in rural or remote areas may be eligible for a wide range of financial benefits and professional development incentives. The benefits vary from school to school, but may include:
- rental subsidies of 90%, 70% or 50%
- annual retention benefits of $5,000 gross for a maximum of five years
- additional personal leave
- additional professional development days
- locality allowances
- transfer points.
Use the teach.NSW benefits calculator to find out about the benefits and incentives that are available to teachers at individual schools.
Maximise your employment prospects
Maximise your opportunities for employment in NSW public schools by indicating that you are willing to teach in rural and/or remote locations of the state in your application for employment as a teacher in NSW public schools. Approved teachers, you can change your preferences for where you are willing to teach at any time by emailing the department's teacher approvals team via firstname.lastname@example.org or using the online transfer system available via Employee Self Services. The NSW locations with the highest demand for teachers are:
- New England Area (Armidale, Moree, Tamworth)
- Riverina Area (Albury , Deniliquin, Griffith , Wagga Wagga)
- Western NSW Area (Bathurst , Bourke , Broken Hill, Dubbo, Orange).
Find out which schools are considered rural or remote.
Gain permanent employment
Temporary teaching continuously in a rural or remote NSW public school for two years can also lead to appointment to a permanent position under section 7.2 of the Rural and Remote Education: A blueprint for action (PDF 586 KB) to attract and retain teachers in six-point and eight-point incentive schools.
Find out how some of our teachers have fast-tracked their careers by teaching in rural or remote locations.
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Apply for a teach.Rural scholarship
HSC students, kick-start your teaching career in rural or remote NSW public schools with a teach.Rural scholarship.
Apply for a rural teacher exchange
Permanent departmental teachers, you could spend 12 months experiencing a different teaching environment in another NSW public school through the Rural Teacher Exchange Program.