As part of the NSW Teacher Supply Strategy, the NSW Department of Education is launching the Supporting Rural Beginners Program.

The program will commence as a pilot in Term 1, 2023 and will be available to teachers who are moving or have recently moved to live in a new community and start work in an eligible rural, remote or regional school.

Program participants will be supported by the department with a range of resources and financial benefits to build social and professional connections within the community.

The Support for Rural Beginners Program will benefit participants, participating schools and local communities.

Benefits and support
  • $600 one-off allowance to be used on social connection activities
  • Orientation support including being partnered with a colleague with similar interests to help you settle into the community
  • School and community information and resources
Networking opportunities
  • Small peer group sessions to connect with fellow program participants from nearby schools
  • Access to an online community including webinars to find out about events, professional learning opportunities and existing local networks
Participating Principal Networks
  • Barwon
  • Deniliquin
  • Far West
  • Griffith
  • Gundagai
  • Mitchell
  • Mooki
  • Narrandera
  • Temora
  • Wagga Wagga
  • West Wyalong
  • Western Plains
  • Select Connected Communities

More information

Review the frequently asked questions for more information on eligibility and program details.

Contact the program team via

Expression of Interest

Submit your expression of interest to participate in the program.

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