Benefits and support

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.

We offer teachers amongst the highest teaching salaries in Australia as well as additional benefits and support.

Career benefits and support

Career benefits and support

We provide high quality education for children and young people throughout Western Australia, helping them reach their full potential.

As a teacher, you can make a difference in the lives of children and young people in Western Australia.

Become a teacher to:

  • make a difference in the community
  • inspire a passion for learning in children and young people
  • feel a sense of achievement
  • enjoy a job where every day is different.

Teaching in our public schools can offer you:

  • opportunities to work with students of different ages, backgrounds, teaching areas in various locations
  • ongoing professional learning opportunities
  • exciting career paths both through promotion to school leadership positions, such as principals and deputy principals, and by achieving recognition as outstanding classroom practitioners, such as Level 3 Classroom Teachers
  • financial incentives for teaching in many rural and regional locations and all remote schools
  • career mobility.

We recognise high performing teachers through various initiatives including the WA Education Awards.

We also offer:

  • salaries among the highest in Australia
  • a graduate allowance of $1600 a year for the first two years after graduation in addition to your salary
  • assistance to complete graduate modules so new teachers can build capacity and skills as effective classroom practitioners 
  • professional development and career advancement opportunities
  • 12 weeks a year vacation.

We recognise the importance of male role models and aim to raise awareness of primary teaching as a career opportunity for young males.


Teachers are recruited all year round, in all disciplines. Public school principals can advertise their positions directly on JobsWA and can also appoint teachers from the Graduate and Fixed Term teacher recruitment pools.

Making a difference in the community

Working inside or outside the classroom, or behind the scenes in central and regional offices, feel a real sense of achievement.

Competitive salary

We offer teaching salaries amongst the highest in Australia in additional to allowances, flexible working arrangements and lifestyle balance.

Career progression support

We offer ongoing professional learning and development opportunities to build an exciting career path inside and beyond the classroom.

Career mobility

As the largest employer in the State, with over 800 schools, there are many diverse career opportunities in public education.

Graduate allowance

Additional benefits for Graduate Teachers including professional learning and a development allowance of up to $1600 per year.

Additional benefits and support for teachers


Additional benefits and support

72 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.

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

Teachers working in schools within 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.

Salary packaging is a tax-effective way for you to receive your salary as a combination of cash and benefits. The amount you choose to spend is deducted from your gross salary which reduces your taxable income and therefore the amount of tax payable. Salary packaging is available to many of our employees. You can decide the proportion of cash and benefits you receive.

Lots of our employees choose to salary package superannuation contributions and/or their rent if they live in government housing.

We offer flexible working arrangements to support you to balance the demands of your professional and personal life.

  • part-time work
  • job sharing - sharing of a teaching position between two teachers
  • deferred salary scheme – this benefit allows you to defer part of your annual salary over four years. Your deferred salary is then paid to you during the fifth year while you spend the year on approved leave.

We provide our employees with a wide variety of leave entitlements:

  • sick leave and carer’s leave (personal leave)
  • long service leave
  • paid parental leave (partner leave, surrogacy and adoption leave) and an extended period of unpaid parental leave
  • leave for study and examinations
  • special leave for specific purposes, such as cultural or ceremonial responsibilities, international sporting competitions or jury duty
  • additional leave for teachers in the Remote Teaching Service.

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.

Prior teaching experience may be recognised for the purpose of a salary increase on appointment. Relevant experience other than teaching may be taken into consideration in unique circumstances and is based on skills directly related to teaching experience.  For all applications, you will need a statement of service from your previous employer/s detailing your work and leave history.

Teachers who are five year trained are recognised by the Department of Education. To be deemed five-year trained, teachers must have completed a minimum of 5 years of full-time study in approved courses of higher study.

When you are working with us you can apply by submitting an online application. For more information email us or phone 9264 4412. 

Awards and Agreements