Frequently asked questions for the Teach and Learn Scholarship (High Demand Subject Areas).


The Teach and Learn Scholarship is open to approved teachers in NSW government and non-government schools, who hold a current permanent full-time teaching approval with the NSW Department of Education. You will need to check the eligibility criteria to find out if you meet the requirements to apply.

Applications for the Teach and Learn Scholarship must be submitted through the online application form through IworkforNSW. During the application period an ‘Apply now’ button will be available on the Teach and Learn Scholarship webpage. Outside the application period, you are encouraged to subscribe to be notified when applications open.

The online application form will only be available until 11:59pm on Friday, 26 August 2022. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

You will be required to complete and submit the documents listed below as part of your application:

  • a current principal’s supporting statement on the template provided
  • referee’s supporting statement on the template provided
  • an official statement of service for any teaching experience in a non-government school stating commencement date, completion date, number of teaching days completed and leave without pay details
  • an application for enrolment or evidence of successful enrolment in non-award studies or a postgraduate program
  • photo identity card issued by the Australian Government or a state or territory government (this may take the form of a Working with Children or Vulnerable People card or a government issued occupational licence) to verify your identity
  • official transcripts of results for your undergraduate degree for each year of study (B.A., B.Sc., B.Ed., etc)
  • official transcript of results for any postgraduate studies completed.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide a supporting statement from your current principal along with one other supporting statement from a supervisor or colleague.

Your principal may request a delegate to complete your Principal’s Supporting Statement however, both your delegate and principal must co-sign the form.

If your principal has completed the Principal’s Supporting Statement, a delegate isn’t required to counter sign.

If you are unable to gain a Principal’s endorsement you may provide a supporting statement from your most recent supervising stage leader or head teacher. The Employment Programs Team in the School Workforce Directorate may seek further information if your application progresses.

A selection panel will consider all applications shortly after the closing date. Scholarship applicants who are shortlisted will be required to undertake an online interview to identify their capabilities, key knowledge areas and personal attributes to determine their suitability.

Yes. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of the outcome via email once the selection process is completed.

If you would like feedback on your application, contact the Employment Programs Team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au.

Successful applicants are required to sign a Scholarship Agreement with the department, committing them to:

  • successfully acquiring additional competencies in a high-demand subject area
  • accepting appointment as a permanent full-time teacher in a NSW public school on completion of the required 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.


For advice on further studies required, please view the subject requirements page.

Applicants are encouraged to research the subject content requirements for their desired KLA as outlined on the NESA website.

The Teach and Learn Scholarship can support teachers for a maximum of 2 years.

While engaged in a full-time temporary or permanent capacity, you can apply for up to 8 days of paid study leave per year (pro-rata basis for part-time employees). The study leave day(s) must be approved by your principal. Your principal can request for relief funds to be reimbursed to the school if a casual teacher was employed to replace you for the day(s).

An application form for study leave and relief funds will be provided to you if you are offered a scholarship.

Study leave is not available for casual teachers.

Scholarship payments

The financial benefit under the Teach and Learn Scholarship is capped at $20,000 per year of full-time study. The $20,000 is based on a study load of 8 subjects ($2,500 per subject).

Subjects completed prior to commencement of the scholarship will not be supported under the scholarship program. 

The total maximum amount payable to recipients of the scholarship is $20,000 per year of study and will be paid via electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly into your nominated bank account. 

Payments will begin after your sponsorship has been finalised and evidence of enrolment received. Subsequent payments will require you to provide a copy of your results for the previous semester and your new enrolment details.

Scholarship funds will be included alongside your regular pay and are subject to tax. You will be eligible to receive the full $20,000 per year of study if you are completing a minimum of eight subjects per year while on scholarship. If you do not complete a minimum of eight subjects per year, you will be paid a pro-rata amount, that being $2,500 per subject studied while on scholarship.

The department will not provide an allowance for subjects previously failed and reattempted, or subjects for which you receive advanced standing or academic credit.

The following payment scenario is an example based on course requirements where 8 subjects are to be completed

  1. Up to $10,000 paid once the Employment Programs team receives confirmation of your enrolment in approved subjects. This is based on evidence of enrolment in at least four subjects.
  2. Up to $10,000 paid once the Employment Programs team receives confirmation of your successful mid-way completion of approved subjects and evidence of enrolment into at least four more subjects. for the following semester.

Alternatively, if you will be completing subjects over two years, your training allowance payments will be paid on receipt of evidence of enrolment each semester and paid at a rate of $2,500 per subject.  

Scholars who are permanent or temporary teachers may receive an allowance of $500 per week (maximum of $5,000) while completing a practicum. If you complete your practicum over several visits the allowance is calculated at a daily rate $100 (maximum of $5,000). 

Temporary teachers must be engaged in temporary employment at the time they are required to complete their practicum to be eligible. 

The practicum allowance is available when you are required to take leave without pay from your permanent or temporary engagement to complete your practicum.

A Practicum Experience Form for the allowance will be provided to you when you are successful in being offered a scholarship.

The training allowances and practicum allowance (if eligible) payable to scholars will be paid in the regular pay cycle and taxed accordingly.

Any money paid to you by the department must be declared as assessable income on annual income tax returns. You will have tax withheld from your annual training allowance and practicum allowance. HECS-HELP repayments may also be withheld.

If you have any taxation questions it is recommended that you seek independent financial and/or taxation advice.

Appointment as a teacher

As part of the application process, you will be asked to select either 'Anywhere in the State' or individual school education areas where you would like to be appointed on completion of your studies.

If you select to be appointed 'Anywhere in the State', you are agreeing to be appointed to a school in one of the following school education areas: Albury, Armidale, Bankstown, Batemans Bay, Bathurst, Blacktown, Bondi, Bourke, Broken Hill, Campbelltown, Central Coast, Clarence/Coffs Harbour, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Fairfield, Granville, Griffith, Hornsby, Lake Macquarie, Lismore, Liverpool, Maitland, Moree, Mount Druitt, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Northern Beaches, Orange, Parramatta, Penrith, Port Jackson, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, Ryde, Shellharbour, St George, Sutherland, Tamworth, Taree, Tweed Heads/Ballina, Wagga Wagga, Windsor or Wollongong.

You will be required to select a minimum of three areas from the list of non-coastal rural priority areas or Sydney metropolitan priority areas.

The high-demand metropolitan locations include: Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Granville, Liverpool, Mount Druitt and Windsor. The high-demand rural locations include Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Bourke, Broken Hill, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Griffith, Maitland, Moree, Muswellbrook, Orange, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga.

If you are successful in gaining a scholarship, the areas you select will be stipulated in the Teach and Learn Scholarship Agreement.

NSW public schools are grouped into ten geographic locations called regions. Each region has a number of 'areas' for the purpose of staffing schools. Applicants are encouraged to download and view the organisation of public schools by staffing area resource. As a scholarship holder, you are considered an employment applicant and therefore when selecting areas as part of your scholarship application, schools to which you are considered for appointment will align with the “areas” for the purposes of staffing schools. 

Upon successful completion of the required post-graduate studies you will be appointed to a full time permanent teaching position in a NSW public school in one of the nominated locations in line with your Scholarship Agreement.

You may be notified of your appointment in the term preceding the anticipated completion of your required post-graduate studies.

Your appointment will be in the subject area you are being sponsored for.

The location of your permanent appointment is non-negotiable.

Yes. On completion of their teacher education studies and appointment to a permanent position, scholars may be eligible for a wide range of benefits and incentives. The benefits vary from school to school. Use the Teach NSW benefits calculator to find out about the benefits and incentives that are available to teachers at individual schools.

Contact us

If you have not found answers to your questions in the above FAQs, contact the Employment Programs Team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 1300 300 634.

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