Teaching in Indigenous communities

An exciting opportunity exists for beginning and experienced teachers to join the dynamic education teams working with children in identified Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities.

Selecting the right candidates maximises success for every student. Teachers who have expertise, enthusiasm and the capacity to teach in challenging remote Indigenous contexts are encouraged to consider teaching in an Indigenous community.

Teachers moving into these communities are supported by:

  • preservice, in-service and post-service professional development including a comprehensive induction program designed to prepare teachers for employment in Indigenous communities
  • professional development from the Indigenous Schooling Support Unit (ISSU) including cross cultural awareness, second language pedagogy and behaviour management
  • opportunities for interaction with Indigenous communities
  • access to relevant teaching resources
  • involvement in learning communities (discussion lists, interactive technologies)
  • incentives under the Remote Area Incentives Scheme (RAIS).

How to apply

If you are not currently employed as a teacher by the department, you will first need to complete the Application for Teacher Employment.

Existing permanent teachers can apply through the department's annual teacher transfer process or by submitting an application for any current vacancies that are advertised via SmartJobs.

Find out more about career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers.

Receive support to work in Indigenous communities through our Beyond the Range Professional Experience Grants and rural and remote incentives.

Last updated 08 March 2017

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