Lower Primary Teacher - Tagai State College, Saibai Island Campus

$64,934 - $97,741 yearly
  • Queensland Government - Department of Education
  • Cairns QLD, Australia
  • 11 Nov, 2021

Job Description

Are you a teacher with the passion and expertise to support the educational outcomes of students? Tagai State College would love to hear from you! We are seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic Lower Primary teacher. This is a unique opportunity to make an impact in a small school environment – opportunities like this one don’t come along very often.

Position status Fixed Term Temporary Position type Full-time Occupational group Education & Training Classification Teacher Workplace Location Cairns region,Far North Qld Job ad reference QLD/FNQ380546/21 Closing date 03-Dec-2021 Yearly salary $64934 - $97741 Job duration July 2021 to 3 December 2021 - unless otherwise determined Contact person Yolanda McLean Contact details 07 40306333

We invite applications from suitably qualified and experienced Lower Primary Teachers for this temporary full-time position.  Based on Saibai Island, you'll be responsible for the learning needs of your Prep and Year 1 students. This role will suit an applicant who is hardworking, resourceful and resilient.  In addition to these qualities, you will be a strong communicator and demonstrate a personal and professional interest in using and developing best practice systems and processes to underpin both their work, and the whole of campus work within the local community. The successful applicant must be available to commence at short notice.

A NOTE FOR PERMANENT STATE SCHOOL TEACHERS: You must have the approval of your substantive Principal prior to submitting your application for this position

Welcome to Tagai State College

Tagai State College prides itself on delivering the highest standards of teaching and learning in a context that reflects the aspirations of the Torres Strait Nation.  We are committed to ensuring every student is challenged and supported to be proud learners who are responsible, safe and respectful.  Our Saibai Island Campus caters to the learning needs of around 100 students in Pre-Prep to Year Six.  Our Indigenous students speak a number of traditional languages and this great gift is valued within the school and embedded into our curriculum offerings. 

Explore our website to learn more about Tagai State College

What's in it for you?

  • A highly attractive remuneration package, generous superannuation, salary sacrificing options and leave loading
  • Relocation assistance and additional financial benefits apply to this location
  • Limited subsidised departmental accommodation is available
  • A broad range of professional development opportunities

Living on Saibai Island

The Torres Strait Islands is an island archipelago off shore from the highest of the Australian mainland and is home to the people of the Torres Strait Nation.  This unique and beautiful region is best known for its pristine waters and amazing fishing.  

Saibai Island is located in the north-western island group of the Torres Strait just 4km off the coast of mainland Papua New Guinea. At around 100 square kilometres in size, Saibai is a large mangrove island formed from alluvial sediments from PNG's vast river systems. Historically people from Saibai were used as divers for pearls and sea cucumber. Today Saibai is home to just under 500 people. The traditional language spoken across the island is Kalkalgal Ya, with Torres Strait Creole also being spoken by some local people. 

Local amenities on Saibai include a general store, health care centre, community centre and Anglican church.  Access to Saibai Island is by air with Skytrans providing regular passenger service from Horn Island most week days. Additionally, there is a regular barge service operated by Sea Swift for freight.

Applicants for this position must possess:

  • 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.
  • An active application for teacher employment lodged online via the Teach Queensland website
  • 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.


  • Read the attached Role Description
  • 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