Rural and remote teaching offers a range of professional, personal and lifestyle
benefits for both new and experienced teachers.
The Rural and Remote Teacher Experience program gives urban teachers considering teaching in a rural or remote state school a 1-week experience that is organised and funded by the department through an expression of interest process.
The program includes a 1-day orientation with the host school, a weekend living in the community and 5 days replacing the host teacher in class.
Queensland state primary and secondary teachers from Metropolitan, South East and North Coast regions have the opportunity to live and teach in a rural or remote location in the Far North Queensland, North Queensland, Central Queensland and Darling Downs South West regions.
Successfully selected participants are matched with hosts in rural or remote schools who teach similar year levels or subjects. This ensures continuity for students and their learning environment. Participants are involved in planning, preparing and delivering effective learning and teaching programs for students in their host class. Host schools provide a local orientation including welcoming participants to the community and an introduction to school priorities, policies and practices.
The program is delivered on dates that are mutually agreed upon by participants, their home school, the host school and region and the Department of Education.
Interested teachers can find more information by searching Rural and Remote on OnePortal (Department of Education staff only) or by emailing