Beyond the Range - Professional Experience Grants

Applications are now open

Apply now for Semester 1, 2017 Beyond the Range Professional Experience Grants.

If you're an eligible preservice teacher, you can apply to receive financial benefits to support your professional experience in one of our rural or remote Queensland state schools.

Completing your professional experience in a rural or remote location is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the diversity of Queensland and make informed choices about future employment options.

Read more about the rural and remote incentives available to teachers in rural and remote communities.

What you receive

Grant recipients receive:

  • a grant payment of up to $2,000* to assist with travel, accommodation, and other related expenses
  • access to the Learning Place and Curriculum to the Classroom (C2C) resources
  • information and additional support to help prepare for professional experience
  • access to relevant departmental school, local community and regional networks.

*All Queensland state schools fall within either a metropolitan, regional/provincial city, rural or remote zone, and are assigned a transfer rating. Grant payments are only available to those schools zoned "rural" or "remote" with a transfer ratings of 3 to 7. Payments are dependent on the transfer rating:

  • $1,200 for schools in locations with a transfer rating of 3 to 4
  • $2,000 for schools in locations with a transfer rating of 5 to 7.

Find out more about the locations of state schools, or use the Queensland Schools Directory Map to search by individual schools, zones, regions and transfer ratings.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be in the 3rd or 4th year of an undergraduate initial teacher education program or in the final year of a Graduate Diploma in Education (or equivalent)
  • be undertaking full time study at an Australian higher education institution
  • be planning to undertake a professional experience placement in a rural or remote Queensland state school with a transfer rating of 3 to 7, that is at least 90 minutes travel each way from your primary residence while at university, during the semester for which the grant is offered
  • have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0
  • have displayed a high level of effective classroom practice in previous professional experience placements, where applicable
  • hold a Blue Card or provide proof of recently making an application for a Blue Card
  • be an Australian citizen, hold a New Zealand Special Category visa or have permanent residency status in Australia.

Preference will be given to applicants who are:

If accepting a professional placement in a transfer rating 3 location, payment will only be made in the event that there are any grant funds not already expended by the end of the semester. In that case, grants will be paid retrospectively in the order the applications were received.

Applications from preservice teachers undertaking a placement in a home school setting supported by a Distance Education program will also be considered.

Terms and conditions

Offers are restricted to one grant per applicant per semester.

Grant payments will be offered on a rolling basis once the assessment process has been completed for each application. Offers will be for Semester 1 in 2017 and cannot be deferred or used in any semester other than the one for which the grant was offered.

Offers will be conditional until confirmation of professional experience placement in an eligible school is provided. Applicants will have one week from the conditional offer of a grant to indicate their acceptance of the offer.

Payment of the grant will be made as a lump sum and is generally paid two to three weeks before departure, provided all required documentation has been submitted. The funds can be used at the recipient's discretion; however, they are intended to be used to assist with expenses related to the placement, such as travel, accommodation and living expenses.

Recipients who withdraw from their studies or their professional experience after payment of the grant may be required to repay some or all of the grant.

Grant recipients are encouraged to seek independent financial advice regarding taxation matters and self-education expenses. Information about taxation of scholarships and grants is available from the Australian Taxation Office.

Successful recipients are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. School principals should be consulted regarding budget accommodation options in the vicinity of their school.

Additional support or financial assistance may also be available from other sources including the applicant's higher education institution or the Isolated Children's Parents' Association (ICPA). Schools may be able to connect recipients with Local Accommodation Committees (LAC) to assist with enquiries regarding affordable accommodation options.

How to apply

To apply, complete our online application form. You will also be required to submit supporting documentation as outlined on the application form.

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Achievement: level of academic achievement and effective classroom practice in previous placements
  • Ability: ability to become an active member of a school and local community in a rural or remote location
  • Commitment: suitability and commitment to teaching in Queensland state schools.

Enquiries and further information

Enquiries may be directed to scholarships@det.qld.gov.au or by telephone on (07) 3055 2967.

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Last updated 05 May 2017

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