Choose rural

How far can teach.Rural take you?

Rural and remote NSW has so much to offer, including great schools where you could enhance your career, receive a range of incentives and benefits and make a real difference.

Discover how working in a NSW public school in 33 rural or remote areas could mean you are eligible for a wide range of lifestyle and financial benefits as well as eligibility for professional development incentives.

Benefits vary from school to school, but may include:

  • rental subsidies of 50-90%
  • annual retention benefits of $5,000 gross for a maximum of five years
  • additional personal leave
  • additional professional development days
  • locality allowances
  • transfer points.

Find out about the benefits and incentives that are available to teachers and executive staff at individual schools.

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Maximise your employment opportunities

Indicate 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. and maximise your opportunities for employment.

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 by using the online transfer system available via Employee Self Services.

Explore rural and remote destinations

Explore the range of destinations with incentives available in the south, west or north of the state, or choose specific areas on the map:

Inland northern NSW
Inland southern NSW


Destinations offering special incentives

Inland southern NSW
Western NSW
Inland northern NSW

Benefits and incentives

Learn more about the specific financial benefits available across a range of rural and remote NSW destinations.

Be inspired

Hear from teachers who have chosen careers in rural and remote destinations.


Get answers to your questions about teaching in rural and remote schools.

Contact us

Contact the Human Resources Policy and Compliance team via for enquiries relating to the rural and remote benefits and incentives.