Inland northern NSW - Western Plains area

Teach and make a difference in Western Plains

If you’ve always wanted to make your move to a place where the living is easy, the Western Plains area offers the benefits of relaxation and space coupled with all the amenities you could need. Your new home is a place where people are friendly and welcoming, where wide open spaces and fresh country air will help you and your family relax and feel newly invigorated.

Less congestion than cities, more affordable real estate and general cost of living combine to make the area a great place to live.

The Western Plains area embraces a number of smaller towns, each offering their own unique attractions. Bourke is a major service centre for some towns with excellent health facilities available at Bourke Hospital.

To the north-east of the dynamic growth centre of Dubbo, Mendooran is well serviced by the Warrumbungle Shire Council with easy access to health, sporting, recreation and community facilities as well as an airport.

Local schools pride themselves on the delivery of quality education while fostering students’ resilience and self-respect. Working at one of these schools, you’ll enhance not only your career but you could also be eligible for a rural teacher incentive with a value of $20,000 to $30,000 per annum and more.

Towns include:

It’s a great place for a young family to raise kids. It’s small enough for families to know each other and will look out for each other’s little ones. It has a great community spirit; if you want to get to know people, just get involved in any of the numerous local working bees.

What is it like to live and work in the Western Plains area?

Enngonia, Louth, Hermidale and Girilambone in the Western Plains area can be accessed via Cobar, Dubbo or Bourke:

Mendooran in the Western Plains area can be accessed via Lithgow and Dubbo:

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  • 3G & 4G Mobile Network

Benefits and incentives

Learn more about the specific financial benefits available across a range of rural and remote NSW destinations.

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Contact us

For more information regarding rural and remote benefits and incentives please contact EdConnect.

  • Existing employees of the department, phone 1300 32 32 32 (select option 3) or log an online enquiry.
  • New applicants to the department, phone 1300 30 04 98.


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  • School Workforce
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