Over half of all state schools in Queensland are located in rural and remote locations, with approximately one-quarter of state school students enrolled in these schools. The department recognises the dedication to quality teaching and learning occurring in state schools in rural and remote locations.
The department encourages staff to gain valuable experience working in Queensland's rural and remote communities. It is a rewarding lifestyle choice that offers many advantages both personally and professionally.
Experiencing rural or remote placements provides an invaluable opportunity to broaden teaching practices along with enhanced employment opportunities for both experienced and beginning teachers.
Teachers in rural and remote locations have:
greater opportunities to undertake leadership roles
greater involvement in planning and management within the school
an active and valued role in their community
access to induction, professional development and support programs
extended emergent leave provisions
access to significant
incentives, benefits and locality allowances
generous transfer and relocation assistance
accelerated transfer points
Moving to a rural and remote community
Starting a new job and moving house can be stressful, but it can also be very exciting, especially if you're moving to a rural or remote area after always living in a city or large town.
The secret to success—be well prepared and informed about where you'll be living.
How to prepare
You can find information on the internet about your school and local community. Local government websites often have photos of local communities and surrounding areas, as well as information about sporting and community organisations.
Local government association of Queensland and use the Teach Queensland website to find links to
schools and rural and remote information as well as information on the
Remote Area Incentives Scheme (DOCX, 429KB).
Teaching checklist—Relocation procedures (DOC, 212KB) to help you prepare.
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When you arrive
When you know the date and time of your arrival, contact your school's principal to let him or her know.
Get to know your new community and join in with the various local activities (social, cultural and sporting) on offer. Many communities hold events in the lead-up to the start of school.
Getting involved in the community can provide you with invaluable knowledge about your students and their families. Ask your principal, buddy teacher or mentor when and where events are taking place.
Benefits and allowances
Information on benefits, support and allowances for teachers working in a rural and remote location is available on the
Teach Queensland website.