Transfer update: rural and remote service

In the last Journal we outlined the 2017 teacher transfer process. In this edition, we focus on how that process impacts on rural and remote service.

Identifying teachers for rural/remote service

The Department of Education and Training (DET) has confirmed that it will be communicating by email in the first instance with all teachers who may not have completed rural or remote service and who are currently in schools with a transfer rating of one or two points. These teachers will be invited to consider such service. Please note that DET records of teacher service, particularly before 1999, are not perfect and there will be teachers who have completed rural or remote service who will receive the email. These teachers should respond to the email stating they have completed rural and remote service, specifying when and where this was undertaken.

Those teachers who have not undertaken rural and remote service and wish to do so should contact DET regional staffing officers and indicate where they would be interested in serving. In 2017, teachers who indicate a preference to undertake such service will be provided with a commitment of a return to one of three geographic areas after the completion of the minimum service requirements. Please note, this is a change to how transfers have been organised in previous years. Teachers who indicate their preference to undertake rural or remote service will know that if they complete their minimum rural and remote service they will be assured of a transfer to one of three geographic areas agreed to by DET at the time of the transfer application. The QTU will be monitoring this change very closely and members are encouraged to contact the Union if they have any questions about it. A transfer application might be completed after an initial discussion about vacancies and preferred geographic areas for return.

Those teachers who receive the email and are unable to complete rural or remote service at this time should respond to DET indicating the grounds that prevent them from undertaking such service.

Changes to rural and remote programs

In 2017, the Country Area Relieving Strategy (CARS) and the Remote Area Relieving Placement (RARP) will be combined into one program, under which teachers are transferred to high priority locations or rural and remote areas with a guaranteed return back to one of three geographic locations. This approach is intended to ensure that there is consistency in approach for all teachers applying for rural or remote service in 2017.

QTU members requiring assistance or advice about the teacher transfer process should contact the Union on 1300 11 7823 or by email at

Jeff Backen                                                                                                                     Assistant Secretary (Services/Welfare)

Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 122 No 3, 14 April 2017, p10