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Benefits and incentives to teach rural

Teachers working in rural or remote Queensland state schools can access generous financial benefits, more career opportunities and assistance to move when you teach under the Remote Area Incentive Scheme (RAIS).

What is the Remote Area Incentive Scheme?

The Remote Area Incentives Scheme (RAIS) provides a suite of incentives to permanent and temporary teachers appointed to state schools in rural and remote Queensland communities. The incentives recognise the unique opportunities and challenges associated with working in rural and remote communities and provides additional financial benefits to teachers and their families

Which locations are eligible for incentives?

A teacher's eligibility for RAIS incentives and benefits is dependent upon the location of, and Transfer Rating, assigned to their school.

Teachers appointed to state schools in rural and remote communities with a Transfer Rating (TR) of TR 4, TR 5, TR 6 and TR 7 are entitled to the relevant incentives and benefits.

What can I receive under the scheme?

Teachers undertaking service in rural and remote locations with a Transfer Rating of TR 4, TR 5, TR 6 and TR 7 may be entitled to

You may also be entitled to transfer and appointment assistance and housing subsidised rental rates.

What do I need to do to receive the benefits?

Teachers commencing in a RAIS location at the start of a school yearTeachers commencing at a RAIS location during the school yearCurrent teachers continuing service in a RAIS location
  • Payroll Services Unit will request dependant information via letter and require new employee's details on the Dependant Declaration form for approval and submission via the school (Principal's signature is required).

  • Choose between Compensation Benefit Cash or Flight option and, if choosing Flight option, submit RAIS Air Travel Application form to Payroll Services Unit via school.

  • Complete a Dependant Declaration form upon commencement and submit to Payroll Services Unit via school (approval from Principal is required).

  • Choose between Compensation Benefit Cash or Flight option and, if choosing Flight option, submit RAIS Air Travel Application form to Payroll Services Unit via school.

  • Liaise with your regional office and/or Payroll Services Unit if you have any questions regarding your eligibility for RAIS payments.

  • Update any changes to dependant details when requested by Payroll Services Unit (twice yearly).

  • More information

    Visit the Remote Area Incentive Scheme (RAIS) Procedure External Link which contains detailed policy information as well as application and declaration forms.The Remote Area Incentives Scheme Information Guide Microsoft® Word document External Link has further information, including a list of RAIS Locations and Transfer Ratings, as well as further details around eligibility criteria for benefits and payment amounts you may be entitled to receive.

    Further information is also available at Make a Difference. Teach FAQs

    General enquiries may be made to the Department of Education and Training regional offices below:

    Darling Downs South West Queensland
    Telephone: (07) 4616 3771

    Central Queensland
    Telephone: (07) 4842 8319

    Far North Queensland
    Telephone: (07) 4037 3994

    North Queensland
    Telephone: (07) 4758 3222

    Existing teachers with inquiries regarding payments under RAIS can contact Payroll Services Unit or call 1300 367 326..

    Existing or aspiring teachers with inquiries regarding the RAIS policy and eligibility criteria can email or phone (07) 3028 8198.

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    This page was last reviewed on 04 Apr 2016

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