About the role
We are seeking committed and culturally responsive educators to join our dynamic teams across 37 Remote Teaching Service schools in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Midwest and Goldfields education regions. This is a unique opportunity for early childhood, primary, and secondary trained teachers to deliver flexible and innovative educational programs to students in remote areas, ensuring they have access to high quality education and improved outcomes.
Schools in the Remote Teaching Service are located in some of the most isolated parts of our state. Some are in small towns, others in community settings. Schools vary in size from less than 10 students at Jungdranung Remote Community School in the Kimberley Education Region, to around 200 students enrolled at Halls Creek District High School, in the Kimberley Education Region, and the Ngaanyatjarra Lands Schools in the Goldfields. The majority of students enrolled in these schools are from local Aboriginal families.
Teachers who live and work in the remote teaching service tell us that it makes them better teachers, and better people. They are committed to Aboriginal Education, and living and working in remote locations.
Find out more about the Remote Teaching Service, including a video and links to each school, here.
If you are a current Department of Education teacher, consider applying for our Remote Connection Program, where you can spend a week in one of our remote schools, to see if it is right for you. Contact our Teach in WA team to find out more.
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Term 1: Tuesday 5 March 2024 4:00pm – 5:00pm AWST
Term 2: Monday 20 May 2024 4:00pm – 5:00pm AWST
Term 3: Wednesday 21 August 2024 4:00pm – 5:00pm AWST
Term 4: Monday 28 October 2024 4:00pm – 5:00pm AWST
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Additional professional benefits
Teaching in the Remote Teaching Service can offer you many professional, financial and personal benefits, that you won’t have access to in other regional or metropolitan schools. These include a salary allowance of between $15,370 and $20,870 per annum in addition to your salary, locality allowances, transportation to and from the location on appointment, and fully subsidised housing.
Appointments to the Remote Teaching Service are only made on a full time, fixed term basis for up to three years initially, though may lead to permanency with the Department of Education.
We need our very best educators in the remote teaching service, working with remote communities to close the gap in life outcomes for our Aboriginal students, their families and communities. Students in Remote Teaching Service schools need motivated, creative and resilient teachers who possess a wide range of experience, skills and capabilities. Teachers who are lifelong learners. Teachers who are empathetic, open, and seek authentic interactions with others. Teachers like you.
We expect that all of our staff are culturally responsive, across all of our schools. You will be committed to ongoing self-reflection, expanding your knowledge and improving practices through working collaboratively with your colleagues and the community. Your approach will be flexible and adaptive, as you understand the nuances and implications for your teaching, as you get to know your students, their families and communities.
You demonstrate respect for and value Aboriginal culture and connection to Country, the histories and experiences of Aboriginal people, and see your students’ culture as a strength.
You understand that your community will have expectations of how teachers behave, represent themselves, and interact with families and communities.
We welcome applications from existing fixed term and permanent teachers, including prospective graduates and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers. Your area of qualification should be complemented by strong literacy and numeracy skills. An interest or experience in English as an additional language/dialect (EAL/D) will be highly valued.
Teachers who are not currently employed or not employed on a permanent basis should apply to the Remote Teaching Service (RTS) Pool through this advertisement. Note that permanent teachers who are successful in gaining a position will retain their substantive position at their existing school for the duration of their appointment in the Remote Teaching Service.
The Application and Selection Process
This is an open pool, and you can apply at any time. We do, however, have regular intakes where our selection panel convene to assess new applications. You are encouraged to use the intake deadlines below as a guide for submitting your application, depending on your preferred commencement date if you are successful.
- Monday, 19 February 2024
- Monday, 13 May 2024
- Monday, 5 August 2024
New, completed applications received by midnight on the above dates will be reviewed by the selection panel for each intake.
Please refer to the attached ‘Information for applicants – Applying for the Remote Teaching Service’, for information on how to complete your application. Note that current, permanent teachers with the Department of Education are only required to submit a comprehensive CV, with the details of two professional referees.
If you’re already a permanent teacher, please apply to the Remote Teaching Service Pool for Permanent Teachers via our internal jobs board.
Ready to Apply?
Select “Apply for Job”, at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow the instructions on your screen.
Allow sufficient time to upload your application before midnight on the above dates. Before lodging your application, please make sure that you have:
- Your curriculum vitae and written statement properly formatted. Your statement should cover the domains outlined by the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and the four criteria that assess your capability to teach and live in a remote community. You can find more details about these requirements on pages 15-17 of the attached applicant information booklet.
- Scanned and saved supporting documents on your computer, ready to attach – such as your ID and transcripts, if required.
- Contacted your referees to confirm their willingness and ability to complete the written referee report when requested.
It is recommended you have these documents completed and ready to attach before selecting “Apply for Job”.
Please note that your application will not be considered complete – and therefore not assessed – until the written reference reports are received by us, from your referees. While our team do send them a reminder, we cannot progress without them.
After you have submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming lodgement. If you do not receive a confirmation email or you are having difficulty submitting your online application, please contact the Department on (08) 9264 4127 for assistance.
The Department of Education is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and persons from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.
Would you like to know more?
Further information about working in the Remote Teaching Service can be found here. You can also discover the rewards of working in a remote school here.
For job related information, please contact Alanna Orso, Principal Consultant – Recruitment on 9264 5402
Eligibility and Other Information:
Applicants must provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of this vacancy.
Teachers who are participating in the WA Department of Education Leap Program (formerly known as the Switch Program) may choose to indicate on their online application that they are qualified to teach in their Leap qualification area and/or their existing qualification even prior to completion of the program. They may be offered positions in their area of Leap qualification, and/or their initial qualifications.
Prior to commencement of appointment, employees are required to obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance and where required, a Working with Children Check.
The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.
All applications must be submitted online.