Placements in rural and remote schools

Rural and remote locations offer great lifestyle and teaching opportunities and should be top of your list when deciding where to build your teaching career.

You have the opportunity to kickstart your career by completing your final year placement in one of our identified rural and remote public schools in NSW.

Experience the rural lifestyle with another pre-service teacher from your class. Your peers can help you navigate the journey: support each other, share costs, learn together, have fun!

Are you eligible for a rural placement?

The department is currently collaborating with several major universities to offer rural placements to their teacher education students. Check with your university if they are involved in this program. To be eligible you must:

  • be completing your final professional experience placement
  • have a paid Working with Children Check approval number
  • have completed all mandatory departmental Health & Safety training, for example, anaphylaxis, CPAT and e-Safety
  • be committed to the values of public education and be eligible for employment in a NSW Department of Education school at the end of your placement.

Employment in a rural or remote public school

Teachers who work in NSW public schools in rural or remote areas may be eligible for a wide range of great financial incentives and other professional benefits, depending on location.

Visit our Choose rural pages to find out more about the benefits associated with specific rural and remote locations and learn about the areas and schools involved.

Here is a testimonial from a previous participant on about her rural and remote funded professional experience placement:

I wanted to thank you all so much for the opportunity to take my final teaching placement at Yanco Agricultural High School. I had a fantastic experience, learning so much in a good school with welcoming staff and students.

The placement also opened my eyes to the potential of teaching rurally in the future. Prior to this placement, it would have been very hard for me to contemplate leaving the Northern Beaches where I have lived all my life. However, after such a positive experience at Yanco, I would definitely take any opportunities that arise rurally in the future.

I believe this is a wonderful program that you have put together, and I am very grateful for being one of the first students to be a part of it. Thank you!

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