Beyond the Range Professional Experience Grant


Our Beyond the Range Professional Experience Grant supports you to experience living and teaching in a priority community across Central Queensland, Darling Downs-South West, Far North, or North Queensland regions.

Why you should apply

You could receive up to $5,000 per professional experience placement (including internships) during Semester 1 and/or Semester 2 each year to assist you with travel, accommodation and other placement-related expenses. You may only receive a maximum of two grants per semester.

Who the grant is for

To apply for a grant, you must:

  • be currently enrolled in your second, third or fourth year of an undergraduate initial teacher education (ITE) program or your first or second year of a postgraduate ITE program at an Australian university or tertiary institution, and 
  • be planning to undertake a placement in a Queensland state school that is located:
    1. at least 90 minutes travel each way from your primary residence while at university and
    2. within a priority community in our Central Queensland, Darling Downs-South West, Far North Queensland or North Queensland region and
  • provide evidence of a current Queensland Working with Children Check Blue Card.

Placements and/or internships in a state school located in a priority community with a transfer rating of between 3 and 7 will get priority.

How to apply

Step 1: Gather your supporting documents that must be submitted with your application.

  • Tertiary enrolment/results - Your most recent unofficial academic transcript which should include:
    • evidence of your GPA and results to-date
    • evidence of your enrolment in an ITE program in Semester 2, 2019 (if not listed on the academic transcript).
  • Queensland Working with Children Check Blue Card – A scanned copy of a current valid blue card that shows your full name and the expiry date on the card. The card must be valid during your placement or internship.
  • Proof of placement/s or internship - Written evidence that you are completing your professional experience placement or internship at a Queensland state school. It must show your full name and/or student number, the host school, start and end dates as well as the number of consecutive workdays/duration of the placement/s or internship. There are two ways you can provide this: a print out from Sonia or Inplace (located on your university student portal), or written confirmation from the field placement office or the school in which the placement will occur.

Step 2: Submit your application on the Smart Jobs website.

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How to apply – Semester 1, 2020

If you have a rural/remote placement coming up in Semester 1 2020, register your interest and we’ll alert you when applications open in October 2019.

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If you’d like talk to us further about our Beyond the Range Professional Experience Grant, contact the Scholarships and Grants team by email at or phone (07) 3055 2969.


Why teach rural?

Jessica kicked off her teaching career with a Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship and a Beyond the Range Professional Experience Grant. Now she's a primary teacher at Greenbank State School.

Last updated 05 September 2019