Teach in the Territory

Introduction

As a teacher in the Territory you will support young Territorians to reach their potential and help build brighter futures.

We need exceptional teachers to join us in making a difference who are:

  • committed to providing students with a high quality education
  • professional and driven, with the enthusiasm to make a difference
  • passionate about community engagement.

You will have the opportunity to live and work in a unique environment. Go to the Australia's Northern Territory website for more information about living and working in the Northern Territory.

Current opportunities

The Northern Territory currently has opportunities for permanent and temporary classroom teaching positions.

Register your interest for the Teacher Recruitment Drive

Apply now for advertised classroom teacher vacancies

Read more about the new rates for temporary and relief teaching positions.

Benefits of teaching in the Territory

You will receive a number of benefits including:

  • wages and packages that are some of the best in the country 
  • opportunities and career paths that will fast track your career
  • unique experiences working in urban and remote locations
  • flexible working arrangements including ongoing, fixed period and relief teaching 
  • excellent professional growth and development
  • overseas opportunities through strong educational partnerships with Timor Leste, China and Japan
  • opportunities to diversify to become specialist educators and school leaders.

Employment eligibility

To apply for a teacher position in the Northern Territory you need to meet all of the following requirements:

  • Registration with the Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory
  • Possession of a Northern Territory OCHRE card Working with Children Clearance
  • Graduates completing initial teacher education (ITE) courses after 1 July 2016 are required to provide proof of successful completion of the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for ITE students
  • Copies of relevant teaching qualification certificate/s and transcripts
  • Minimum two referees that should comprise of a principal, assistant principal or equivalent and your most recent employer will be contacted. If you are a graduate, referee reports are not required as your final practicum report is sufficient; if you are a Charles Darwin University or Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education graduate, your exit interview is sufficient. 

Employment in the NT public sector

Government school teachers are employed by the Northern Territory Government.

Read more about rates of pay, benefits and conditions of employment.

Contact

You can contact the department by calling (08) 8999 3501 or emailing teacherrecruitment.det@nt.gov.au to find out more about teaching in the Territory.


Education in the Territory

Teachers in the Territory provide high quality education to 33000 students across 151 government schools.

Students come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. More than 70% of students are located in remote or very remote locations, and more than 40% identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

The department's strategic plan Growing Success Together supports the vision for young Territorians to be confident and capable global citizens. 

There is also a dedicated strategy to support Indigenous education in the Territory. 

A Share in the Future – Indigenous Education Strategy 2015-24 implements the recommendations of A Share in the Future - Review of Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory (Wilson Review).

Read more about the strategic plan and key initiatives.

Teaching in the Northern Territory can be an excellent step in your teaching career whether you pursue a position in a remote context or fast track to a leadership or specialised role.


Teaching in remote schools

As a teacher in a remote Territory school you will be working with some of the most committed and innovative educators in Australia. 

You will have the opportunity to deliver high quality education to a diverse range of students including many Indigenous students who have English as second language or dialect (EALD).

Remote teaching allows you to collaborate in the delivery of flexible and innovative education programs. 

You will encounter teaching and learning opportunities that will challenge your skills while inspiring and strengthening your teaching practices. 

You will have the opportunity to work closely with local Indigenous assistant teachers. This unique opportunity will build your professional capacity and team teaching skills.

Teaching in a very remote school is a commitment. It is not for everyone. It is hard work and the conditions can be challenging. You may find it personally and professionally demanding, yet it can be immensely rewarding. 

In return, we provide a unique teaching and life experience in a unique environment. Go to the Australia's Northern Territory website for more information about living and working in the Northern Territory.

Current opportunities

The Northern Territory currently has opportunities for permanent and temporary classroom teaching positions. 

Register your interest for the Teacher Recruitment Drive

Apply now for advertised classroom teacher vacancies.

Read more about the new rates for temporary and relief teaching positions.

Employment eligibility

To apply for a teacher position in the Northern Territory you need to meet all of the following requirements:

  • Registration with the Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory
  • Possession of a Northern Territory OCHRE card Working with Children Clearance
  • Graduates completing initial teacher education (ITE) courses after 1 July 2016 are required to provide proof of successful completion of the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for ITE students
  • Copies of relevant teaching qualification certificate/s and transcripts
  • Minimum two referees that should comprise of a principal, assistant principal or equivalent and your most recent employer will be contacted. If you are a graduate, referee reports are not required as your final practicum report is sufficient; if you are a Charles Darwin University or Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education graduate, your exit interview is sufficient.

Conditions and support

We value the commitment and resilience you need to live in remote locations and we reward and recognise this through the provision of multiple incentives and allowances.

The category of remoteness applied to each school influences the level of monetary support and professional development available to staff.

Read more about pay and conditions of employment.

Read more about remote teaching benefits.

Orientation and support

You will receive an orientation before you go to your remote location. 

There are also online resources available to help you prepare for working in a remote school.  

Read more about your responsibilities as a teacher.

Contact

You can contact the department by calling 1800 646 391 or emailing teacherrecruitment.det@nt.gov.au to find out more.


Remote teaching benefits

This page outlines the range of additional benefits if you are a teacher working in a remote location. 

Remote incentive allowance

You will receive a fortnightly allowance that is paid in addition to your salary. If you have recognised dependents you may be eligible to receive a higher allowance.

Remote retention payment

You are eligible to receive one lump sum payment after completing 12 months of continuous service.

Special study leave

You can accumulate points towards special study leave. When you have at least 20 points you are eligible for one semester of paid study leave or two semesters at half pay. 

If you live in remote category 3 you will be eligible for special study leave after 4 years of service.

Free housing for remote localities

You are provided with government employee housing in remote localities and receive a 100% rental concession.

Fares from isolated localities

You can access up to 3 airfares per year out of an isolated locality for yourself and your recognised dependents. 

These airfares will be to either Alice Springs or Darwin depending on your remote location.

Leave for business outside the community

You can use up to 4 business days per year to access services not available in the community.

Guaranteed transfer

If you are a classroom teacher and work in a remote locality for 3 or more years, you will be guaranteed a transfer to Darwin, Alice Springs or Katherine.

Special allowances

Under certain circumstances you may be eligible to collect a special allowance, in addition to the other allowances offered.

Personal leave

You will have access to up to 3 weeks paid personal leave per year. 

This leave can be used to cover personal illness or injury, or to provide care and support to an immediate family or household member.


Teaching in urban schools

Urban schools are located in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and Alice Springs. 

Living and working in an urban location allows you to enjoy the unique lifestyle of the Northern Territory with the convenience of town facilities. Go to the Australia's Northern Territory website for more information about living and working in the Northern Territory.

Some 27% of government schools are located in urban locations, delivering high quality education to 52% of students enrolled in Northern Territory government schools.  

Urban schools reflect the diversity found in the Territory, delivering education to students from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures.

Current opportunities

The Northern Territory currently has opportunities for permanent and temporary classroom teaching positions. 

Register your interest for the Teacher Recruitment Drive

Apply now for advertised classroom teacher vacancies.

Read more about the new rates for temporary and relief teaching positions.

Employment eligibility

To apply for a teacher position in the Northern Territory you need to meet all of the following requirements:

  • Registration with the Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory
  • Possession of a Northern Territory OCHRE card Working with Children Clearance
  • Graduates completing initial teacher education (ITE) courses after 1 July 2016 are required to provide proof of successful completion of the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for ITE students
  • Copies of relevant teaching qualification certificate/s and transcripts
  • Minimum two referees that should comprise of a principal, assistant principal or equivalent and your most recent employer will be contacted. If you are a graduate, referee reports are not required as your final practicum report is sufficient; if you are a Charles Darwin University or Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education graduate, your exit interview is sufficient.

Conditions and support

As a teacher in an urban school you will receive a competitive salary and range of benefits.

Read more about pay and conditions of employment.

Orientation and support

You will be provided with support and training both prior to commencing and throughout your employment. This includes regular access to targeted professional learning opportunities relevant to working in an urban school in the Northern Territory.

Read more about your responsibilities as a teacher.

Contact

You can contact the department by calling 1800 646 391 or emailing teacherrecruitment.det@nt.gov.au to find out more.


Pay and conditions

This page has information on the pay and benefits you receive as a teacher working in the Territory.

Salary and allowances

Teachers in the Territory are among the highest paid in Australia. You will receive a competitive salary plus other allowances including recreation leave, personal leave, superannuation and leave loading.

Go to the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment website for information on teacher rates of pay and conditions of employment.

Relocation and storage

You may be offered assistance to relocate to, or within, the Northern Territory. 

Orientation

On joining you will receive an orientation which provides guidance and essential information about the department, our schools and their communities. 

There is a focus on cross-cultural learning and how this impacts your work in the Northern Territory.

Career advancement

If you are interested in advancing your career you can apply for senior teacher, assistant principal and principal vacancies. 

Jobs are advertised on the erecruit website as well as the Northern Territory Government jobs website.

Professional learning

You will also have access to a wide range of professional learning programs. 

Charles Darwin University and the Batchelor Institute offer post graduate and other courses through on campus and off campus programs.

Laptop computers

You will receive a laptop computer, at no cost to you. 

This ensures you have up-to-date technology to assist with delivering programs, and gives you greater flexibility in working and preparing lessons. 

The Northern Territory Government is one of the few Australian jurisdictions that provides all teachers with a laptop computer at no cost to the teacher.

Leave

You can access paid or unpaid leave for a variety of purposes.

You are entitled to 6 weeks recreation leave per year (taken during school holidays). 

In general, you are not required to attend school during school vacation periods although you may use this time to undertake professional development or some preparatory work.

Maternity/parental leave

After 12 months of service, you can access to 52 weeks maternity leave, 14 weeks of which is paid. If you prefer, you can take the paid leave at half pay over 28 weeks.

The Northern Territory Government also gives you the option of accessing up to 6 years unpaid parental leave.

Work life balance

You have access to a number of initiatives to assist in balancing work and life commitments. 

Options include part-time work, job sharing, career breaks and the Northern Territory Public Sector Extended Leave Scheme.

Go to the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment website for more information on work life balance and extended leave.

Four wheel drive training

Four wheel drive (4WD) training for is provided for teachers and educators who live in or regularly commute to remote locations and who drive a 4WD vehicle during the course of their employment. 

You can undertake 4WD training either when you start employment, through the teacher orientation program, or by a request to the occupational health and safety consultant.

Remote teaching benefits

Remote teachers receive additional benefits. Read more about remote teaching benefits.


Current opportunities

The Northern Territory currently has opportunities for permanent and temporary classroom teaching positions.

Register your interest for the Teacher Recruitment Drive

Apply now for advertised classroom teacher vacancies

Read more about the new rates for temporary and relief teaching positions.

Employment eligibility

To apply for a teacher position in the Northern Territory you need to meet all of the following requirements:

  • Registration with the Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory
  • Possession of a Northern Territory OCHRE card Working with Children Clearance
  • Graduates completing initial teacher education (ITE) courses after 1 July 2016 are required to provide proof of successful completion of the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for ITE students
  • Copies of relevant teaching qualification certificate/s and transcripts
  • Minimum two referees that should comprise of a principal, assistant principal or equivalent and your most recent employer will be contacted. If you are a graduate, referee reports are not required as your final practicum report is sufficient; if you are a Charles Darwin University or Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education graduate, your exit interview is sufficient.

Contact

You can contact the department by calling 1800 646 391 or emailing teacherrecruitment.det@nt.gov.au for more information or assistance with your application.