FAQs

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Get answers to your questions about the application and selection process.

Who is eligible to apply?
I deferred my university studies for a year after finishing my HSC. Am I eligible to apply?
How do I know if the university studies I wish to complete will allow me to be employed as a teacher in NSW public schools?
How do I know which NSW public schools are considered rural or remote?
What's the maximum number of years I can study under the scholarship?
How do I apply?
What supporting documents will I need to provide as part of my application?
Why do I have to include a recommendation from my principal with my application?
Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
When should I submit my application?
Will late applications be accepted?
How can I be sure my application has been submitted?
What does the selection process involve?
Will successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of the outcome?
How many teach.Rural Scholarships are awarded each year?
If my application has been unsuccessful, can I be provided with information as to why?
If I accept an offer of scholarship, what will my commitment be to the department?
When do scholars receive their annual training allowance?
What are the taxation implications regarding scholarships?
When are scholars appointed to their permanent position?
Are teach.Rural Scholars eligible to receive any incentives and/or benefits that are available to teachers in the rural or remote location where they've been appointed to?
What do I need to do to be eligible to receive a course contribution fee payment?
What does it mean to have the equivalent of my upfront course contribution fees paid?
Will the department pay the equivalent upfront course contribution fee for a unit I fail or have previously failed?
When do scholars receive their course contribution fee payment?
Is there a maximum amount I can be paid?
Will I receive a course contribution fee payment for units I receive advanced standing for or academic credit granted?
Will I receive a course contribution fee payment for units with an ungraded result?
Will I be required to complete a rural practicum?
Where can I find out more?



Who is eligible to apply?

HSC students and current university students who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for a teach.Rural Scholarship. HSC students can also apply for a Teacher Education Scholarship, Teacher Education Scholarship - Aboriginal or Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Cadetship.

If you're not a HSC student, you may be eligible to apply for a Teacher Education Scholarship, Teacher Education Scholarship - Aboriginal, Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Internship or an Incentive Scholarship.

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I deferred my university studies for a year after finishing my HSC. Am I eligible to apply?

No. Only HSC students in their final year of high school and university students currently enrolled and completing studies can apply for a teach.Rural Scholarship.

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How do I know if the university studies I wish to complete will allow me to be employed as a teacher in NSW public schools?

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is responsible for accrediting initial teacher education programs in NSW. Check the NESA website to make sure that the program you wish to study has been accredited.

If you intend on studying a teacher education program in another state, you will also need to make sure that your program is recognised as an appropriate initial teacher education program by NESA.

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How do I know which NSW public schools are considered rural or remote?

You will be required to select from the following rural and remote school education areas when submitting your application for a teach.Rural scholarship:

  • Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Bourke, Broken Hill, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Griffith, Moree, Orange, Tamworth and Wagga.

You can select from the following options when submitting your application for a scholarship:

  • Anywhere in rural and remote NSW (Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Bourke, Broken Hill, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Griffith, Moree, Orange, Tamworth and Wagga)
  • New England Area (Armidale, Moree, Tamworth)
  • Riverina Area (Albury, Deniliquin, Griffith, Wagga Wagga)
  • Western NSW Area (Bathurst, Bourke, Broken Hill, Dubbo, Orange)
  • or you may nominate individual rural and remote school education areas.

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

teach.Rural Scholarships can support future teachers for up to a maximum of five years.

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How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted using the online application form. During the application period an "Apply now" button will be available on the teach.Rural Scholarship webpage. Outside the application period, you will be able to sign up to an alert to receive an email notification when applications open.

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What supporting documents will I need to provide as part of my application?

You will be required to complete and submit the documents listed below as part of your application for the teach.Rural Scholarship. To submit the supporting documents, log into your application through I Work for NSW and upload the documents prior to the closing date.

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Why do I have to include a recommendation from my principal with my application?

If you are a HSC student, a principal's recommendation is an important part of a teach.Rural Scholarship application. If you are planning on applying for a teach.Rural Scholarship, ask your principal for a recommendation well before the application deadline, so they have time to write the recommendation.

A principal's recommendation provides the teach.Rural Scholarship selection panel with information that isn't found elsewhere in an application, including insight into an applicant's personal attributes and leadership qualities.

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Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

In addition to applying for a teach.Rural Scholarship, you may also be eligible to apply for a Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Cadetship or Internship. If you apply for a Teacher Education Scholarship also, you will only be awarded one scholarship.

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When should I submit my application?

We encourage applicants to commence and submit their application as early as possible during the application period.

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Will late applications be accepted?

No. The deadline for accepting online applications is 11:59 pm on the closing date. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

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How can I be sure my application has been submitted?

The online application system will not allow you to submit your application until all the required fields have been completed. Once you click on the submit button, a confirmation email will automatically be sent to the email address you provided during the application process. Please keep a copy of that email for your records.

If you did not receive a confirmation email, please email the department's Scholarships Team at scholarships@det.nsw.edu.au.

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What does the selection process involve?

Shortly after the closing date, the department's Scholarships Team will commence the shortlisting process. Scholarship applicants who are shortlisted will be required to undertake online assessments to identify their capabilities, key knowledge areas and personal attributes to determine their suitability.

Scholarships are normally awarded to the successful applicants in December for entry to or the continuation of university in Semester 1 the following year.

Scholarship offers are dependent on the applicant:

  1. being accepted into/enrolled in teacher education studies at a recognised Australian university that will lead to a qualification that meets the department's and NESA's academic requirements for employment as a teacher
  2. undertaking a practicum in a rural NSW public school
  3. satisfying the conditions of a Working With Children Check, which is a prerequisite for anyone undertaking child-related work. The check involves a national criminal history check and a review of findings of workplace misconduct.
  4. entering into a Deed of Agreement, a legally binding agreement that outlines the responsibilities of both the scholarship applicant and the department. The agreement also states the duration of the scholarship and the service commitment areas that were selected by the applicant during the application process.

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Will successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of the outcome?

Yes. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of the outcome via email once the selection process is complete. If you change your contact details after the closing date, please email your updated contact details to the department's Scholarships Team via scholarships@det.nsw.edu.au.

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How many teach.Rural Scholarships are awarded each year?

Up to 60 teach.Rural Scholarships are available each year.

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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 department's Scholarships Team via scholarships@det.nsw.edu.au.

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If I accept an offer of scholarship, what will my commitment be to the department?

Successful applicants are required to sign a Deed of Agreement (PDF 125 KB) with the department, committing them to:

  • successfully completing teacher education studies at a recognised Australian university that will lead to a qualification that meets the Department's and the NSW Education Standards Authority’s (NESA) academic requirements for employment as a secondary or primary teacher, or a special education (K-12) teacher
  • undertaking a practicum in a rural NSW public school
  • accepting appointment as a permanent full time teacher to a rural or remote NSW public school on completion of their studies
  • 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 do scholars receive their annual training allowance?

Scholars are paid their $7,500 annual training allowance once the Scholarships 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 your nominated bank account. An annual training allowance of $7,500 is payable based on full time enrolment of 8 subjects or more per academic year. The department will not provide an allowance for subjects previously failed and reattempted.

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What are the taxation implications regarding scholarships?

The $7,500 annual training allowance and $6,000 appointment allowance, rural practicum training allowance and equivalent course contribution fees teach.Rural Scholars receive must be declared as assessable income on annual income tax returns. Scholars who do not claim the tax free threshold on the Tax File Number Declaration form submitted to the department will have tax withheld from their annual training allowance and relocation allowance. HECS-HELP repayments may also be withheld.

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When are scholars appointed to their permanent position?

On successful completion of their teacher education studies, teach.Rural Scholars are appointed to a full time permanent teaching position in a NSW public school in an agreed location and are awarded $6,000 to assist with relocation costs. A scholar may initially be appointed to a NSW public school temporarily as 'above establishment' until a suitable substantive vacancy arises.

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Are teach.Rural Scholars eligible to receive any incentives and/or benefits that are available to teachers in the rural or remote location where they've been appointed to?

Yes. On completion of their teacher education studies and appointment to a permanent position, teach.Rural Scholars 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 do I need to do to be eligible to receive a course contribution fee payment?

To be eligible for the department to pay your equivalent upfront course contribution fee for a unit, you need to achieve a credit or above result in that unit. You must also provide the department with your academic transcript showing your result and a copy of your university fee invoice clearly stating the cost for each unit.

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What does it mean to have the equivalent of my upfront course contribution fees paid?

The department pays the equivalent of your upfront course contribution fees for each unit in which you get a credit grade or above, up to a limit of $50,000 over the duration of your teaching degree, directly to you.

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Will the department pay the equivalent upfront course contribution fee for a unit I fail or have previously failed?

The department will not pay the equivalent upfront course contribution fee for any unit you fail. The department will also not pay for any unit you have previously failed and reattempted, no matter what result you subsequently achieve.

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When do scholars receive their course contribution fee payment?

Payment will be made annually for all units relevant to your teaching degree where you achieved a credit grade or above in the previous year and that you have not already been paid for. Your first course contribution fee payment will not be received until you have completed one year of study as a teach.Rural scholar and on the provision of your yearly results and corresponding university fee invoice for that year.

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Is there a maximum amount I can be paid?

The total amount of equivalent value of upfront course contribution fees paid by the department is capped at $50,000.

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Will I receive a course contribution fee payment for units I receive advanced standing for or academic credit granted?

The department will not pay the equivalent upfront course contribution fee for any unit for which you receive advanced standing for or academic credit granted, no matter what the result.

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Will I receive a course contribution fee payment for units with an ungraded result?

The department will not pay the equivalent upfront course contribution fee for any unit for which you achieve an ungraded result.

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Will I be required to complete a rural practicum?

You will be required to complete at least one practicum in a rural NSW public school in the final two years of an undergraduate degree or final year of a Masters degree. A $500 a week practicum training allowance will be available for eligible teach.Rural scholars while undertaking a practicum in a rural location more than 151 kilometres from their residential address. The location of the practicum will be decided by the department.

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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 Scholarships Team via scholarships@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 1300 301 435.

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