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Benefits and support

Working for the Department of Education means you will enjoy a range of employee benefits.

Benefits include, competitive salaries, flexible working arrangements, comprehensive salary packaging options, attractive leave provisions and training and career development opportunities.

As the largest employer in the State, a diverse range of employment opportunities exist across the Department, in over 800 locations.

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More teacher benefits

Approximately 60 schools in Perth are part of the Metropolitan Teaching Program. These schools are considered more challenging due to a range of factors including location and socio-economic status indicators.

Teachers in the program receive:

  • additional financial incentives of up to $3000 a year depending on location
  • permanency after two years’ continuous and satisfactory service.

Approximately 120 country schools are part of this program. Many of these schools are in small, isolated communities.

Teachers working in schools within the the program receive:

  • financial incentives of between $5000 and $13 730 a year depending on location
  • permanency at their last Country Teaching Program school after two years’ continuous and satisfactory service.

Use the benefits calculator to view rural, regional and remote allowances.

Our teachers are supported, developed and challenged to be their best and to deliver differentiated curriculum to students that enhances their learning experiences.

Working as a teacher in a public school, you are supported to be the best teacher you can be. 

We recognise that teaching is a collegial profession and our Teacher Development Schools provide peer based support to implement the Western Australian Curriculum and improve what happens in classrooms.  Teacher Development Schools deliver practical, school-based professional learning opportunities for teachers and school leaders to learn directly from the successful practices of others.  This enables expertise to be applied and shared across schools and the system. 

Teachers in public schools use Connect Communities to network, share practices, ideas and resources.

Our Statewide Services team offers support with curriculum, student behaviour and wellbeing, literacy and numeracy and inclusive education.  

Teachers in public schools engage with contemporary education delivery models in their classrooms.  They are supported to use online tools such as Connect, Office 365, web conferencing and other integrated systems for teaching and learning and collaboration with teachers, school leaders, students and parents.

Subsidised employee housing is available for many teachers working in our rural, regional and remote schools.   The amount of your rent subsidy varies in each location, usually depending on distance from major centres.  Teachers working in the Remote Teaching Service receive free housing.

The cost of relocating your furniture, personal effects and vehicles when you are appointed to a rural, regional or remote school is covered. Depending on your location and situation you may also be eligible for allowances to reimburse initial utility connection fees, wear and tear on furniture, subsidise your air conditioning, gas hot water and vacation travel. You may also be eligible for assistance with renting essential furniture offered through our housing program.

We have a strong focus on professional learning and development and encourage our staff to participate in learning that is responsive to the diverse requirements of schools, regions, professional support networks and learning communities.

We offer many opportunities to teachers with leadership skills and aspirations.

Level 3 Classroom Teacher

This program recognises teachers as exemplary classroom practitioners

School leadership professional development


Working in a rural, regional and remote schools can offer a broader range of professional experiences which may lead to the potential to advance your career and experience early leadership opportunities.  

As the largest employer in the State, a diverse range of employment opportunities exist across the Department, in over 800 locations.

For more career progression information