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.


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

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Last updated: 12 October 2017