Inland southern NSW - Hay area

Teach and make a difference in Hay

If you are considering a career move to a regional hub that ticks all the boxes for convenience, lifestyle, culture and infrastructure, look no further than Hay.

Located in the western Riverina region of NSW, around seven and a half hours’ drive from Sydney, the Hay area has a history rich with characters and tales of boom and bust – here, the past meets the present. A friendly town, featuring fine heritage buildings, manicured gardens and parks, Hay is surrounded by a natural environment that includes the beautiful Murrumbidgee River, vast plains, wetlands and abundant birdlife.

This is a community alive with opportunity – offering residents a relaxed, laid back lifestyle, vibrant culture and quality services and amenities. Local schools have a strong history of producing stellar results in academics, sport and the arts. Community and education are interlinked in this area, which has a tradition of welcoming and supporting new teachers.

Why not make your tree change to Hay – take advantage of the area’s highly affordable housing and lower cost of living; get ahead financially and create a better future for yourself and your family.

Working at a local school, you’ll not only enhance your career but you could also be eligible for a rural teacher incentive with a value of $20,000 to $25,000 per annum and more.

Towns include:

Hay is large enough to offer all the conveniences of city living but small enough to retain a sense of community where the locals always go out of their way to help you.
- Karen

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

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Benefits and incentives

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

Be inspired

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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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