Benefits of teaching in rural and remote NSW

rural and remote teacher outdoors with students

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 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.

Be inspired

Find out how some of our teachers have fast-tracked their careers by teaching in rural or remote locations.

Find teaching jobs

Subscribe to JobFeed, our weekly jobs listing, and find a teaching position in a NSW public school.

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.