Regional Professional Experience Grant


​​​​​​​​​​​​​Eligible preservice teachers​ undertaking a professional experience placement during Semester 2 2023 could receive a one-off grant of up to $3,400 to assist with organising placement-related travel expenses1.

The (minimum consecutive) 15-day placement must be undertaken in a Queensland state school that has a transfer rating of TR2–TR3, is at least 2 hours travel (each way) from your home to the state school and is within one of the following priority locations:

This grant is a great opportunity for you to experience teaching, living and exploring the local community and surrounds, and to see if the personal and professional benefits of teaching and living in a regional community is the right fit for you.​

How to apply​

​For placements in TR2–TR3 state schools between 10 July to 8 December 2023​, apply online via the Smart jobs website.

Applications for the Semester 2 2023 grant will close 8 December 2023 or when the allocation for the semester is finished​.

If your placement is in a Queensland state school that has a transfer rating of TR4–TR7 within the locations listed above, you should check the eligible schools ​for the Beyond the Range Professional Experience Grant​.

Applications will not progress unless a complete application is provided via the Smart jobs website (create an account if needed). The application includes completing an online questionnaire and under the ‘upload files’ section, upload your academic transcript, confirmation of enrolment, blue card, written confirmation of the placement, resume and placement reports​.

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Semester 1 2024

​If you have a placement in a regional Queensland state school​ in Semester 1 2024 (22 January to 21 June​), register your interest below and we'll alert you when applications open later in the year.

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The grant offering, eligibility, particulars and conditions are subject to change at any time at the department's discretion, however, it's envisaged that the eligibility criteria for the Semester 2 2023 grant will continue for Semester 1 2024.

Further information​

Detailed informa​tion about this grant, including steps on how to apply, maps of eligible schools, a checklist of the documents to provide (PDF, 169KB) with your online application and the conditions for payment, is available on the Smart jobs website.

1Receipts for placement-related travel expenses (i.e., transport, accommodation, meals and incidentals) should be kept until the placement is completed. It’s also recommended that financial advice be sought regarding potential implications to income and/or benefits received.

2​Select schools in the North Coast and Metropolitan South regions are eligible for this grant. Refer to the maps under ‘documents’ on the Smart Jobs website​ for eligible schools which are highlighted blue or orange.


If you would like to talk to us about the Regional Professional Experience Grant, contact the Scholarships and Grants team, People Branch (HR) by email at or phone (07) 3055 2969.​


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Last updated 02 August 2023