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Rural and remote education

The Queensland Government has a continuing commitment to ensure that all students, no matter where they live, have access to a range of high quality education and training programs. Over half of all state schools in Queensland are in rural and remote locations, with approximately one-quarter of state school students enrolled in these schools. The Department recognises the dedication to quality teaching and learning occurring in state schools in rural and remote locations.

The Department of Education and Training has announced a boost to financial assistance for rural and remote families in 2015. The Remote Area Tuition Allowance, Remote Area Allowance and Remote Area Disability Supplement will all receive a 10.2% increase to benefit rates, through an additional $0.38M in funding from 1 January 2015, in recognition of the expenses incurred by rural and remote families in accessing schooling for their children.

Students in Queensland's rural and remote communities deserve the very best educational opportunities we can provide. The Queensland Government is committed to addressing the particular needs of students living in geographically isolated areas, and has undertaken a review of the educational needs of geographically isolated families and the services available to them. You can read about the outcomes of the review here:

Action plan for Rural and Remote Education

The department has developed an Action Plan for Rural and Remote Education for 2011-2015 Adobe PDF document, which outlines the strategies being implemented by the department to drive excellence in rural and remote schools.

Assistance for students

Financial assistance and programs may be available for eligible students in rural and remote locations.

Rural and remote locations

Queensland State Schools are identified in one of 4 zones; Metropolitan, Provincial City, Rural, and Remote.

Schools that are within 1.5 hour's drive of a major regional/provincial centre, such as Townsville or Cairns, may also be classed as rural. Remote locations are generally locations that are over 3 hours from a regional/provincial or larger town.

Individual school details are provided through the Schools Directory.You can use the Schools Directory to find a school in your local area by searching on the school name. Alternatively, you can narrow your search by using the Region and Type of school fields. Use the advanced search from the schools directory to filter results by one of the 4 zones.

Teach Rural

If you are interested in teaching rural, find out more about the opportunities available, including the Remote Area Incentive Scheme (RAIS), on the Make a Difference. Teach website.

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This page was last reviewed on 03 Feb 2014

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