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
  • 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 2 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. This card must be valid for the entire duration of the placement.

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

How to apply

Semester 1, 2020—Placements between 23 January and 26 June 2020

Step 1: Gather the supporting documents that you need to submit 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 1, 2020 (if not listed on the academic transcript).

  • Queensland Working with Children Check Blue Card
    A scanned copy of your blue card—it must show your full name and the expiry date on the card. The card must be valid for the full duration of your placement or internship.

  • Proof of placement/s or internship
    Written evidence of your professional experience placement or internship at a Queensland state school. It must show your full name, the host school, start-and-end dates, as well as the number of consecutive workdays/duration of the placement/s or internship. Printouts from Sonia or Inplace (available on your university student portal) or written confirmation from the field placement office, Department of Education regional staffing officer, or the school in which the placement will occur are acceptable as notifications.

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

Applications for Semester 1, 2020 will close on 31 May 2020.

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Semester 2, 2020

If you have a placement and/or internship coming up in Semester 2, 2020 (placements between 17 July and 11 December 2020), register your interest and we'll alert you when applications open.

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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.


Professional experience placements in a remote community

As a final year preservice teacher, David accessed the Beyond the Range Professional Experience Grant to support him to undertake his 6-week professional experience placement in the remote outback community of Cunnamulla. David shares his experience and the opportunities he had access to.

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 09 March 2020