Teacher - Torres Strait (Tagai State College), Various

$74,083 - $106,952 yearly
  • Queensland Government - Department of Education
  • Australia
  • 03 Jan, 2022

Job Description

Position status Permanent,Temporary Position type Full-time,Part-time Occupational group Education & Training Classification Teacher Workplace Location Far North Qld Job ad reference QLD/FNQ/TORRES_STRAIT Closing date Ongoing Total remuneration $74083 up to $106952 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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TAKE ME TO THE Torres Strait!

The Torres Strait is an island archipelago stretching from the tip of Queensland to the southern shores of Papua New Guinea.  Made up of more than 200 islands scattered across 150km from the Arafura Sea in the west to the Coral Sea in the ease, of these only 17 are inhabited.  This unique and beautiful region is best known for its pristine waters and amazing fishing.  

Explore life in the Torres Strait HERE

Teaching Opportunities in the Torres Strait

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

Want to be considered for all current and future opportunities in the Far North Queensland Region? CLICK HERE


Primary health care is available on all islands through the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service. Services include telehealth, outreach teams including visiting specialist services. The nearest hospital, located on Thursday Island provides general medicine, maternity, paediatrics, emergency, operating suite, pharmacy, radiology, social work, speech pathology and podiatry services.  

An IBIS store located on each island 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 to bring in items you require.

Sporting and community facilities are available on all islands and may include indoor and outdoor sports fields, libraries, Indigenous Knowledge Centres and community use halls. Fishing is a popular recreational activity.

All travel across the Torres Strait is from Horn Island; from here access to Thursday Island is by ferry, while the outer islands can be reached by light aircraft, or in the case of Dauan and Stephen Islands – Helicopter! Both Skytrans and Qantas provide regular flights between Brisbane or Cairns and Horn Island.

The team at Tagai State College have put together an excellent Guide to Living in the Torres Strait (PDF)!


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.

Tagai State College is a rating 7A location and attracts both locality allowance and the maximum remote area incentive payment on top of your base salary. Eligible teachers can also apply for reduction of their HECS/HELP Debt.
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 relocation assistance to teachers and their families relocating to the Cape York area. CLICK HERE (PDF) for more information on Transfer and Appointment Expenses to assist you in planning your relocation 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 the following

  • 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**