Bourke-Walgett School of Distance Education

General program enquiries (including application status updates) should be directed to the Rural Experience Program team: or phone 02 7814 3820

Eligibility criteria for this placement:

  • Permanent employees who hold a substantive position as a teacher and meet the eligibility requirements in the Rural Experience Guidelines may apply for this placement.
  • Non-permanent employees (those on a temporary engagement / contract and casual employees) who meet the eligibility requirments in the Rural Experience Guidelines may apply for this placement.

Primary Teacher: Classroom or special interest

Bourke-Walgett School of Distance Education, Walgett NSW

Placement level: Teacher

Contact for enquiries: Wendy Hay (Principal),, 02 6828 1374

Additional resources: explore what it's like to live and work in the Walgett and Bourke areas.

Placement details

Terms 1 - 4, 2024 (Applicants can request a shorter duration in their application).

This placement is for the Walgett Centre, based in Walgett.

Role description: The placement will be tailored dependent on the skillset of the applicant. It could be having their own class, implementing intervention programs, or opportunities to explore and lead whole school programs relating to our school priority areas. The successful applicant will be participating in home visits, organising school camps, and teaching across Centre lessons in specific KLA’s via satellite. There is also the opportunity to write teaching and learning units if this is an area of interest. Teachers will need to program and pack work for their students either five weekly or by term.

Additional commitments: Participation in extra-curricular activities based on interest is welcomed. A driver's license is required for travel between the two sites, home visits, and the ability to attend Professional Learning.

Desired candidate expertise:

  • Approval to teach K-6
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with the capacity to work collaboratively in a team and build positive relationships with students and supervisors as well as with all members of the school community.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and delivering high-quality, differentiated teaching and learning programs with an emphasis on student engagement.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to implement the Department’s Aboriginal education policy to enhance quality outcomes for all Aboriginal students.
  • Commitment to student well-being.

This placement is for the Walgett Centre, based in Walgett.

Accommodation details

Private rental may be available, but not plentiful. Teacher Housing may also be available.

Please note: Teacher Housing availability can depend upon a variety of factors, including vacancy status and potential priority offers to other staff with full-time rural appointments. Teacher Housing Authority (THA) may not be able to confirm the allocation of properties until all applications have been received and processed. Applicants are encouraged to discuss property availability directly with THA. Participants of the Rural Experience Program are not eligible for the Housing Rental Subsidy but may rent a property (at market value) through the THA if available.

School details

Bourke-Walgett School of Distance Education is a split-site school with Centres in the towns of Bourke and Walgett, at present we have 42 students enrolled. Our main student body consists of Rural and Remote Geographically isolated students from our local areas. These students are supervised by either a parent or Governess. We have some students enrolled in the traveling and students with additional learning needs categories. This placement is based in Walgett. Walgett is 2 ½ hours from Dubbo, and 2 hours from Narrabri and Moree. We believe in a child-centred flexible delivery of learning programs. Staff need to have time management skills and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

How to apply for this placement

  1. Refer to the Guide to Applying as you prepare your application
  2. Complete the online application form and answer the placement questions:
    1. What motivated you to apply for the program in general and specifically this placement? (max 600 words)
    2. What skills and experiences can you bring to the Rural Experience School? Why would you be a good fit for this placement (max 600 words)
  3. Attach the required documentation to your application:
    1. Endorsement of Application form (saved as a PDF)
    2. Resume / CV (maximum 2 pages as a PDF)
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