Benefits and incentives


Find out what’s new

The Department is progressively introducing a great range of new benefits and incentives for teachers and executives in rural and remote NSW public schools.

See table below for benefits and incentives that apply to permanent, temporary and Connected Communities teachers and executives.

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New temporary benefits and incentives

Fast track temporary to permanent employment in rural and remote schools


From January 2018 temporary teachers at four, six and eight point incentive schools no longer have to wait two years to be considered for permanent conversion. Principals can now nominate to fill permanent vacancies with temporary teachers after 12 months’ continuous engagement and subject to satisfactory performance over the period of appointment. Find out more

New assistance for recruitment of temporary engagements in rural and remote schools


Under the new package introduced in 2018 principals may be able to apply for a recruitment bonus, which they can offer to increase the attractiveness of temporary teaching positions of four terms or more in six and eight point incentive schools and six and eight point Connected Communities schools. Eligible positions must have undergone two consecutive unsuccessful merit selection processes. Find out more

Enhanced financial incentives available to temporary teachers


In 2018 temporary teachers at four point incentive schools will now join their colleagues in being eligible for more incentives including 50% rental subsidy from January 2018. Current teachers employed in a NSW public school can find out more here. Future teachers and teachers not currently employed in a NSW public school can find out more here.

Other benefits and incentives available

New Connected Communities benefits and incentives

New recognition for Executive Principals of Connected Communities schools announced


Executive Principals of Connected Communities schools who remain in their position beyond their initial three year period of engagement will now be eligible for priority transfer to a principal position one level above their pre- executive principal appointment. This new initiative recognises the experience, performance and expertise of principals following their connected community appointment. You can apply for a priority transfer by going to ‘My transfers’ in the Employee Self Service (ESS) area of the department's staff portal. Find out more


Other benefits and incentives available

Definitions:

Additional training and development days: To allow teachers to travel to other centres for training.

Broken Hill allowance: The annual allowance paid to teachers appointed to Broken Hill schools. This allowance is paid in addition to the Hot Climatic Allowance.

Country Area Program: Schools which qualify receive additional funding which allows them to provide additional resources.

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Extended summer vacation: Western zone schools start one week later than eastern zone schools.

Climatic allowance: An allowance paid to teachers who are appointed to schools which are located in the Western Division of New South Wales as compensation for extreme summer temperatures. Teachers appointed to some schools may be eligible for a cold climate allowance. Further information can be found here.

Isolation from socio-econimic goods and services allowance: An allowance paid to teachers who are appointed to schools which are located in areas of the state that do not have immediate access to various goods and services. Eligible schools are listed in 10 groupings depending on the degree of isolation. The greater degree of isolation, the lower the group number. Groupings are listed in Appendix A to Schedule 8 of the Award.

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Incentive transfer: Transfer Points are allocated to teachers for each year of service in a school, with different schools attracting different transfer points. These points are accumulated during a teacher's service and used to prioritise an application for transfer. Find out the NSW rural and remote Incentive Schools.

Medical and dental re-imbursement: Re-imbursement of some medical and dental expenses. Refer to teacher salaries awards for details.

Motor vehicle depreciation allowance: Teachers in isolation groups 1-6 receive this allowance which is included in the socio-economic isolation allowance.

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Personal leave: Additional personal leave entitlement (personal, family, community) for incentive schools separate to FACS leave.

Relocation subsidy: Newly appointed teachers may be eligible for a relocation subsidy on first appointment. Further information can be found here.

Rental subsidy: Temporary and permanent teachers and executive may be elligible for rental subsidies of 50%-90%. Find out more And a -public link

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Retention benefit: Teachers in specified schools receive $5000 a year benefit for each year continuous service beyond 2 or 3 years depending on the school. This benefit is paid for a maximum of 5 years.

TEPS benefit: For every 50 days of casual/temporary service. The Teacher Employment Priority Scheme (TEPS) for casual/temporary NSW government teachers accelerates a teacher’s priority for employment. Employment priority date may be enhanced by 6, 12 and 18 months.

Transferred officers compensation: Eligible for reimbursement after serving a specified number of years at their school. Further information can be found here.

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Vacation travel expense (number of vacation journeys): Travel expenses that can be claimed during school vacations. Further information can be found here.

Recruitment bonus: Principals may be able to apply for a recruitment bonus, which they can offer to increase the attractiveness of temporary teaching positions of four terms or more and permanent positions in rural and remote 6 and 8 point incentive schools or 6 and 8 point Connected Communities schools. Eligible positions must have undergone two consecutive unsuccessful merit selection processes. Find out more

Fast track temporary to permanent: Principals can now nominate to fill permanent vacancies with temporary teachers after 12 months' continuous engagement and subject to satisfactory performance of appointment.Find out more

Executive Principal incentive: Executive Principals of Connected Communities schools who remain in their position beyond their initial three year period of engagement will now be eligible for priority transfer to a principal one level above their pre-executive principal appointment. You can apply for a priority transfer by going to ‘My transfers’ in the Employee Self Service (ESS) area of the department's staff portal. Find out more

Use the teach.NSW benefits calculator to find out about the above benefits and incentives that are available to teachers at individual schools.

The Rural and Remote Education Human Resources Strategy, announced on 30 November 2017, by the Minister for Education, Rob Stokes, can be found here.

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Contact the Human Resources Policy and Compliance team via hrpolicy@det.nsw.edu.au for enquiries relating to the rural and remote benefits and incentives.