Teaching rural or remote
Rural or remote NSW - challenges and rewards
Fast track your teaching career by working in rural or remote NSW.
There are great opportunities outside metropolitan and coastal areas that should be considered in the mix of teaching career options.
Working in a rural or remote community not only gives you the opportunity to make a real impact, but also the chance to learn new skills.
It also brings unique challenges and rewards and there are a few things to consider before you make the move.
Classroom teaching is just one change that you can expect if you make the move to teach in a rural or remote location. Developing networks in a new community, exploring different landscapes and working in different types of schools are all part of the journey. Embracing these new challenges is part of the journey of teaching in a rural or remote location.
Distance and time are not barriers to working and learning together. Making important connections with teachers and their communities is part of the teaching experience. Changing classroom types and teaching across subject areas with students of different ages could be on the table. There are a range of professional development opportunities which are available for teachers working in these areas.
You will need to weigh and consider quite a few things before heading off. Some places are more isolated than others. Transport can be a bold new adventure, as can the seasonal changes. The Department offers a range of incentives and subsidies that will help you navigate these new experiences.
Rental subsidies, living allowances and other special considerations such as extra holidays are offered to teachers working in these areas. The Department aims to support teachers where possible when they make the change.
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Things to know before you go
Seasons and weather patterns differ greatly over the state and regional temperatures are quite different to metropolitan temperatures.
Teachers working in various parts of the state are eligible for hot and cold climatic allowances, depending on location. Those working in the Western Zone of the state also have an extra week of summer holidays owing to the weather. The climatic allowances are around $1260.00 per annum and are to put toward clothing, bedding and accessories costs.
The Teacher Housing Authority (THA) provides assistance and accommodation for teachers in rural and remote areas. A rental subsidy of 90% in very remote locations and 70% in other isolated locations is provided. Teacher Housing takes the stress out of finding accommodation in an unfamiliar area.
For more information on housing visit the Teacher Housing Authority
For more information on the benefits of moving from a metropolitan area to a rural area check the Regional Relocation Grants
Health and wellbeing
Teachers working in rural and remote locations often comment on how their lifestyles are wrapped up in outdoor activities. This bond between community, landscape and lifestyle can have positive effects on teachers. Pursuits such as camping, fishing, cycling and bushwalking might become a part of your new lifestyle. There are also lots of places to explore, such as national parks.
Community and social activities are very important when adjusting to rural and remote living. Some rural locations are vibrant hubs of activity while others may be less so. Opportunities abound to get involved with sporting and social clubs and community events will vary according to region. Teachers considering rural and remote positions need to be self-sufficient and have a sense of initiative, in order to get the best out of the experience.
Teachers from the city often report that working in a rural or remote area is highly stimulating and enriching and stands in positive contrast to their experiences in metropolitan areas. There are significant rewards in learning about and working with local communities, including Aboriginal communities. It also requires preparation, research and an open and sensitive approach so that you make the best possible start to your new experience in your new community.
Rewards, benefits and incentives
Working in small-knit communities can be rewarding, leading to great job satisfaction. The Department offers a range of financial and other incentives to help you make the transition to new life in a rural or remote area.
Depending on the location, the Department offers rental susbsidies of either 70% or 90%. The Department also considers the isolation factor of some of these regions. Because access to goods and services can be limited, subsidies of up to $5956.00 per annum are available, according to location. There are also other incentives that take into account a change in living situation for all. Teachers with dependent partners are also eligible for these incentives. Further, if you stay beyond 2-3 years in your remote or rural school you may be eligible for yearly payments of up to $5000.00 per year (maximum 5 years). Teachers in Broken Hill are entitled to the Broken Hill Allowance. A motor vehicle depreciation allowance is payable to teachers in groups 1-6, as is a dependent child allowance.
To view allowances, Salaries and Conditions Award check the Crown Employees (Teachers in Schools and TAFE and Related Employees) webpage.
Life is different in these regions and as such, lifestyle changes need to be taken into consideration. Extended summer holidays, additional personal leave and compassionate partner transfers are all part of the deal when you teach rural or remote.
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Dependent partners are taken into account when a teacher moves to teach in a rural or remote location. Those with partners who are teachers are eligible for the Transferred Officers Compensation Determination
Strong opportunities exist for promotion, and developing your experience in teaching across subjects are all options when you teach in a rural or remote location. Teachers working in central schools for example, may find themselves working across year and age groups and teaching in different classroom structures and settings.
Depending on location, teachers working in rural and remote areas are also eligible for additional training and development days that allow for travel to other centres.
Hear what some rural teachers are saying about their experiences
Find out more
Are you interested in finding out more about teaching in these locations? The Department offers both HSC candidates and those in teacher education programs opportunities for future careers in rural or remote locations. HSC students choosing teacher education programs for their future studies can apply for a teach.Rural scholarship, plus Teacher Education Scholarships are available both to school leavers and current university students, depending on the stage of their studies and subject areas.
Final or penultimate year teacher education students might also want to consider a Beyond the Line School Community Visit to experience teaching in a rural or remote location.
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