Provisional school teachers were generally unclassified, and received the lowest teacher salary. They required only a basic education, however occasionally a well educated man or an educated lady forced to provide for herself, would join the provisional schools teaching service.
Provisional school teachers were not provided with a residence by the Department of Public Instruction.
Teachers in one teacher state schools were generally better qualified and may have been better paid. If they succeeded in the one teacher school there was a chance of promotion. The teacher had to be a competent teacher of all grades and an effective administrator.
The teacher was also expected to assume other roles:
- local education expert
- organiser of events
- arbitrator of disputes
- 'odd jobs' expert
- community worker
- farm worker.