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Teaching opportunities in country South Australia

We currently have a diverse range of contract teaching positions available for 2022 in country South Australia. These positions are available in a variety of subject areas at preschools, primary schools and secondary schools.

Now is the perfect time to take 2 years to expand your teaching career in a country location. You’ll receive monetary incentives and access professional development, while exploring our great state.

What we’re offering

You will receive:

  • up to $20,000 over 2 years ($10,000 upfront each year) as a once-off ‘hard to fill’ payment, in addition to usual country incentives and locality allowances
  • a 2-year teaching contract at a country school or preschool
  • professional learning to support you to succeed in your new role.


These positions are open to any teacher who:

  • does not already have an ongoing or contract role with the South Australian Department for Education for 2022
  • will relocate from metro to country or from a country location to a different country location as a result of accepting the new contract
  • is relocating to a Zone 2-5 country area.

To be employed by the department in any role, you must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status must be provided for sighting on request.

If you meet the above criteria and have already accepted a role (prior to January 2022) or are in the process of finalising an offer for a country teaching contract (minimum 12 months) for 2022, you will be eligible for a separate once-off payment. You will be contacted directly if this applies to you.

How to apply

Applications close Friday 21 January 2022.

Step 1:

Complete the Employable Teacher Register and generate an ID number to use in step 2.  

Step 2:

Email your resume and a cover letter to Education.CountryRecruitment@sa.gov.au outlining:

  • the region(s) you’re interested in working in
  • your subject area experience
  • any professional learning you think you might need to be successful in a country teaching role
  • your employable teacher register ID number from step 1.

Explore each region and available teaching opportunities

When you take on a teaching role in the country, you don’t just gain great experience, you gain a whole new lifestyle. 

What does your weekend look like? Become a teacher in country South Australia, escape the city and make every weekend a short break.

Explore what our regions have to offer and find out more about the schools and preschools that are currently hiring. Available vacancies may change as roles are filled. However, new opportunities may become available. If you can’t see your subject area listed below or if you have an interest in working in a particular region, email your details to Education.CountryRecruitment@sa.gov.au.

APY Lands

Key attractions

  • Visit national and conservation parks like the Nullarbor National Park, Wilderness Protection Area and Regional Reserve
  • Bushwalking
  • Stay in the park
  • Whale watching

Available teaching opportunities

Special requirements

You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the APY Lands.

To ensure employer compliance of duty of care responsibilities, given the unique environment of the APY Lands, a wellness check will be conducted for these positions and prior to any offer of employment.

Far North

Photo by Adam Bruzzone

Key attractions

  • Go opal shopping and see the historic town of Andamooka
  • Head to the Flinders Ranges for a camping adventure
  • Visit Wilpena Pound
  • See the local wildlife and experience the pink and orange hues of Lake Eyre when it floods
  • Sleep underground in Coober Pedy

Find out more about key attractions in the Flinders Ranges and Outback and explore the regional development projects happening in the Far North.

Available teaching opportunities

Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island

Photo by Jesse Ehlers

Key attractions

Find out more about key attractions on the Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island and explore the regional development projects happening on the Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.

Available teaching opportunities

Limestone Coast

Photo by Ockert le Roux

Key attractions

  • Start or end your workday with a bushwalk or an ocean dip
  • On the weekend, explore the region with a trip to the Blue Lake in Mount Gambier
  • Take a glass panelled lift ride down the original dolomite well shaft to see the blue lake up close
  • Visit the Naracoorte Caves
  • Refresh with locally roasted coffee and experience great restaurants and fresh seafood

Find out more about key attractions on the Limestone Coast and explore the regional development projects happening on the Limestone Coast.

Available teaching opportunities

Murraylands and Riverland

Photo by Adam Bruzzone

Key attractions

  • Have a round of golf after school at one of the many golf courses
  • Head out for a weekend away exploring the river – kayaking the Murray River, houseboats and watersports
  • Camping
  • Wetlands and natural open spaces
  • Take advantage of the produce – fresh fruit and produce hub, cellar doors and variety of restaurants

Find out more about key attractions in the Murraylands and Riverland and explore the regional development projects happening in the Murraylands and Riverland.  

Available teaching opportunities

Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula

Photo: City of Port Lincoln

Key attractions

  • Catch your dinner at some amazing fishing spots – with jetty or beach fishing
  • Swim with sealions and dolphins
  • Eat fresh oysters in Coffin Bay
  • Get out for a surf before school, after school or on the weekend
  • Visit galleries, museums and cultural centres for Aboriginal arts and culture

Find out more about key attractions on the Eyre Peninsula and explore the regional development projects happening in Whyalla and the Eyre Peninsula.

Available teaching opportunities

Yorke and Mid North

Photo by Isaac Forman Serio

Key attractions

  • Work with us in Jamestown or Gladstone and pop over to the Clare Valley in just under an hour
  • Pink lake wonders at Lake Bumbunga
  • Copper and Stone Music Fest, country picnic horse race meets, antique fairs and garden trails in Burra
  • Take a swim in the tidal pool in Edithburgh
  • Enjoy live music at Sunny Hill Distillery
  • Yorke Peninsula’s Saltwater Classic in Stansbury – wooden and classic boats
  • Fishing and crabbing in Julia Bay
  • Take an ocean safari in Marion Bay

Find out more about key attractions on the Yorke Peninsula, Burra and the Clare Valley and explore the regional development projects happening in the Yorke and Mid North.

Available teaching opportunities

Email us to find out about future opportunities

If you’re interested in teaching in country South Australia but not quite ready to make the move, we still want to hear from you.

Send us your name, contact details and resume and let us know that you’d like to be kept informed about future opportunities. Email your details to Education.CountryRecruitment@sa.gov.au

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Email: Education.CountryRecruitment [at] sa.gov.au