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Regional Professional Experience Teacher Grant, Semester 1 2024

Scholarships and Grants, Employment Incentives and Pathways, Human Resources Branch

Have you wondered what it would be like to teach, live, and explore a regional community in QLD? Now's your chance! The Regional Professional Experience Grant will provide eligible preservice teachers with a grant in Semester 1 2024 to complete a professional experience placement in a regional QLD state school that has a transfer rating of 2-3.

Job details

Position status Contract
Position type Flexible
Occupational group Education & Training
Classification Teacher
Workplace Location Cairns region,Mackay region,Moreton Bay - North,Rockhampton region,Toowoomba region,Townsville region,Wide Bay
Job ad reference QLD/535041/23
Closing date 07-Jun-2024
Job duration
Contact person Colleen Meakins
Contact details 0730552969
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About the Grant

Eligible preservice teachers will receive a grant to assist with placement-related travel expenses*(i.e., transport, accommodation, meals, incidentals) for placements undertaken in an eligible QLD state school in Semester 1 2024. The grant is based on the duration of the placement (to be completed consecutively):

  • $2250 for 15 days
  • $3000 for 20 days
  • $3200 for 25-30 days
  • $3400 for 40+ days

*Keep placement-related receipts and seek financial advice regarding potential personal tax or financial implications.


The placement must be undertaken in a QLD state school that has a transfer rating of 2-3 and is located:

  • at least 2 hours (each way) from where you currently live, and
  • within Central QLD, Darling Downs-South West, Far North QLD or North QLD.

Eligible state schools are highlighted blue on the maps (below) including select schools in the North Coast. Select schools in the Metropolitan South are eligible if they are highlighted orange on the maps (below). Private and independent schools are not eligible for the grant.

If the school isn't highlighted in the maps (below) and the school is inland from the east coast, the Beyond the Range Professional Experience Grant (TR4-TR7) could be considered.

Candidates who are on permission-to-teach (PTT) may be eligible if undertaking an unpaid placement and meet the eligibility criteria (above). Contact the department's Scholarships and Grants team (S&G team) to confirm eligibility.

Application Process

Step 1 - Organise your placement

  1. Select a state school for the placement.
  2. Ensure the state school meets the eligibility criteria (above).
  3. Organise the placement with the university.

Step 2 - Apply for the grant

After the placement is confirmed (Sonia Online or InPlace):

  1. apply for the grant (below) by logging into Smart Jobs (create an account if needed)
  2. in the ‘upload files' section, upload your unofficial academic transcript, enrolment, blue card, placement confirmation, resume and placement reports (email the requested documents to the S&G team if needed), and
  3. respond to all the questions in the online questionnaire.

Incomplete applications/applications submitted less than 6 weeks before the placement start date may result in a delayed payment including receiving the grant while on placement.

Step 3 - Grant offers

You'll be advised of the outcome within 3 weeks to either seek further information or to provide an offer. Regularly check your email bin/spam folders.

A condition for payment is to notify the S&G team of any changes to the approved placement particulars (i.e., a re-scheduled, cancelled or terminated placement) which may affect the grant amount to be paid/repaid.

Step 4 - Payment of the grant

Payment will be made by EFT which can take up to 3 weeks.

Further information

We are committed to building inclusive cultures in the Queensland public sector that respect and promote human rights and diversity.

Please read the RPEG Fact Sheet and the RPEG Doc Checklist (below) for detailed information or contact the S&G team. The grant offering, eligibility and conditions are subject to change at the department's discretion.

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Last updated
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