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.

Teachers also receive additional benefits and support.

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.

Additional benefits and support for teachers

Additional benefits and support for teachers

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 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

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. 

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