Teacher - Cairns and Coastal (Various Position)

$63,350 - $98,384 yearly
  • Queensland Government - Department of Education
  • Cairns QLD, Australia
  • 11 Oct, 2021

Job Description

Position status Permanent,Temporary
Position type Full-time,Part-time
Occupational group Education & Training
Classification Teacher
Workplace Location Cairns region,Far North Qld
Closing date Ongoing
Total remuneration $63350 up to $98384
Salary Other Plus 12.75% Super
Job duration Ongoing Opportunities
Contact person FNQ Teacher Recruitment Team
Contact details 07 4037 3994
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Our Cairns and Coastal schools are set in and around the buzzing vibrant city centre, surrounded by tropical rainforest and the glorious Great Barrier Reef. Imagine a shorter daily commute, daylight when you get home and no gridlocked freeways - you really can have it all!

With everything you need at your fingertips and fun weekend adventures just a short drive away, you won't find a more dynamic and exciting place to live and work.

Explore our Cairns & Coastal schools HERE

Teaching Opportunities in the Cairns & Coastal area

CLICK HERE (XLSX) to view current & future opportunities then submit your application below

Want to be considered for ALL opportunities in the Far North Queensland Region? CLICK HERE


The Cairns and Coastal geographic area encompasses the town of Babinda in the south to trendy seaside suburb Trinity Beach in the north, Yarrabah to the east of the Cairns CBD and up to Kuranda in the north-west. Driving around town is a breeze, with a daily commute of less than 30minutes return for most people, the longest distance you'll travel is just 78km from one side of outer Cairns to the other!

This location is a popular destination for tourists, families and those seeking a change in pace without sacrificing access to all the mod cons of city living. Weekend adventures are right on your doorstep so get out and explore!

Housing is very affordable with the median house price in Cairns sitting at around $432,000, and the average weekly rent for a house is around $420p/wk.


All Queensland State Schools are allocated a transfer rating which is determined by the remoteness or distance of the location from a major city and services. While the base salary range for teachers is the same across the state; rural, remote and even regional locations provide additional financial benefits and incentives that are above and beyond the base salary.

Schools in the Cairns and coastal area are transfer rating 2 locations, with the exception of Yarrabah which is a transfer rating 5 location. Yarrabah attracts locality allowance and additional remote incentives on top of your base salary. CLICK HERE for a summary of the incentives and benefits available to teachers in this location.

If you are an experienced teacher, you can apply to have prior teaching service recognised for salary classification and if applicable your service and leave records recognised in line with the Public Service Directive.


The Queensland Department of Education offers generous assistance to teachers and their families relocating to the Cairns and Coastal area. CLICK HERE (PDF) for more information on Transfer and Appointment Expenses to assist you in planning your relocation to Far North Queensland.


The FNQ Teacher Learning Centre (TLC) was established to enhance support for preservice, beginning and early career teachers during their teaching journey. Learn more about the support available for beginning teachers HERE.


The department is responsible for the delivery of quality education services to all Queensland students in state schools and recognise teachers and their commitment to teaching through a range of rewards and benefits. Find out more about teaching in Queensland state schools HERE

Applicants for this position must possess:

  • A relevant teaching qualification. CLICK HERE for further information
  • Current full registration or current provisional registration with eligibility for full registration, as a teacher in Queensland. Pre-service/graduate teachers must have been granted provisional registration prior to commencing employment as a teacher. For more information regarding registration requirements, please CLICK HERE.
  • In addition to registration, teachers working in Education and Care Services (including State Delivered Kindergarten programs) require an exemption card issued by Blue Card Services. For more information on blue cards and exemption cards, please CLICK HERE.


Attach a brief resume, contact details for two referees (one of whom should be your current supervisor) and a maximum one page written response outlining the skills and knowledge you will bring to the role.
Pre-Service & Beginning Teachers are encouraged to supply their most recent practicum report and academic transcript for the last completed study period (unofficial is fine).

**The Department of Education reserves the right to reduce the application period and/or remove the job advertisement early should a suitable applicant be found**