Teacher - Cape York Schools, Various

$70,439 - $107,839 yearly
  • Queensland Government - Department of Education
  • Somerset QLD 4876, Australia
  • 16 Dec, 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 Job ad reference QLD/FNQ/CAPEYORK Closing date Ongoing Total remuneration $70439 up to $107839 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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A destination that speaks to the adventure seeker in all of us, the Cape area offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the language, culture and customs of our First Nations Peoples.

Explore the Cape York area HERE

Teaching Opportunities in Cape York

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


Sporting and community facilities are available in all communities and may include indoor and outdoor sports fields, libraries, Indigenous Knowledge Centres and community use halls. Fishing, camping and 4WD'ing are popular recreational activities for locals and visitors alike.

The local IBIS store is your one stop shop for necessities including food and general goods. It is important to note that not all dietary requirements will be catered for locally. You may wish to access the barge service operated by SeaSwift or freight services (road or air) to bring in items you require.

Primary health care is available in all Cape communities through the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service. Services include telehealth, outreach teams including visiting specialist services. The hospitals in Bamaga, Cooktown, Weipa and on Thursday Island provide general medicine, maternity, paediatrics, emergency, operating suite, pharmacy, radiology, social work, speech pathology and podiatry services. For all other Cape communities, the health clinic is capable of providing Level 2 emergency care and is staffed by a registered nurse 24hrs a day. The nearest major hospital is Cairns Base, with the Royal Flying Doctors Service providing emergency patient transfer.

Regional airlines service the Cape York area with flights operated out of Cairns daily into most communities. Skytrans covers the majority of the area, with Hinterland Aviation looking after Cooktown and Coen, and Regional Express (REX) picking up Bamaga.


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.

Our Cape schools are transfer rating 7 locations and attracts number of incentives as well as both locality allowance and the remote area incentive payments on top of your base salary. CLICK HERE for a summary of the incentives and benefits available to teachers in this location.


The Queensland Department of Education offers generous relocation assistance.

CLICK HERE (PDF) for more information on Transfer and Appointment Expenses to assist you in relocating to Far North Queensland.


There are a number of scholarships and grants available to pre-service teachers starting their career in Far North Queensland.

For more information and to be notified when scholarship and grant applications open, CLICK HERE or see below.

  • Beyond the Range – Professional Experience Grant for pre-service teachers
  • Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship – for aspiring and pre-service teachers
  • Rural and Remote Graduate Teacher Scholarship – for pre-service teachers


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 Atherton Centre for Learning and Wellbeing (CLaW) provides valuable professional learning and capability development for teachers and school leaders at all stages of their careers. Learn more about the important services the CLaW provides to the schools in their catchment 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 or be eligible for:

  • 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**