The Queensland Department of Education requires all teachers who want full-time employment in a Queensland state school to spend a minimum of two years posted in a remote area.
Not all student teachers seem to realise that this is the case.
They spend four years at uni training to be a teacher and then find that they can only ever obtain contract work because they are not willing to "go remote".
Living in a remote community can be a very, very interesting and rewarding experience.
It could also be a good alternative to volunteer work overseas.
But the requirement to go remote may be quite a significant disincentive to young women teachers.
When I visited remote communities around the Cape I saw some young women teachers who seemed to be trapped in unpleasant situations.
The years from 22-26 are quite important years for a woman, because they are the years in which you are probably going to meet your future husband.
It is to your advantage to meet as many people as possible.
Young women teachers in Queensland are sent off to live for two years in very remote towns.
They meet local farmers, butchers and policemen.
So if you want to marry a farmer, a butcher or a policeman and live in a remote community for the rest of your life, teaching may suit you.
And it will suit the Department of Education to have a teacher married and living in a remote community, with her accommodation provided by her husband.
But if you dream of living a more sophisticated lifestyle, you may need to look for teaching work overseas, in England, for example.
My own feeling is that the older you are when you go to a remote community, the better.
You have more to offer as a teacher and you have more experience of the world - you are aware of your options.
You also seem to be safer.
I will never forget my many boat trips around Thursday Island, Cape York and the Torres Straits Islands.
And the flights to schools in remote communities and the Torres Strait islands.
You have many really, really amazing opportunities in the remote areas.
The Queensland government offer teachers in remote areas a small allowance.
The allowance pays for your airfares in and out of the community, the higher costs for food in remote areas, expensive phone calls to family and your hotel accommodation during school holidays or medical trips to cities.
The remote allowance for Queensland teachers is not very generous.
And if a Queensland teacher resigns before the two-year period is complete, all relocation costs must be refunded.
In some cases these costs total $20,000 or more.
So, if you are really unhappy in your remote Queensland posting, you may feel that you are being held prisoner.
But you can save money teaching in the remote areas.
I taught for three years on Thursday Island (TI) and I often had three pay cheques in my wallet because there was so little to spend your money on.
We used to order most of our food from Cairns and have it sent up by boat.
We had to pay the shipping costs, but it was much cheaper than actually going shopping because there was no opportunity to impulse-buy, and no opportunity to have coffee and cakes while you were shopping.
Families could buy an investment house and have it paid off by a tenant while they were living in Departmental accommodation.
The rents charged for Departmental housing in remote areas were really low.
The housing on TI was of a poorish standard - the flats were small and basic.
Single teachers had to share accommodation with a stranger.
There were constant, horrible battles over accommodation.
Some of the flats on TI were very run-down, poorly furnished and smelled of mould.
The first house I lived in on TI was a very romantic old wooden house overlooking the sea.
But I had to share it with a young de-facto couple and so I spent most of my time sitting in my bedroom - a small partitioned section of the balcony.
Security was non-existant, but I never felt at any risk during my three years on TI.
Not from the local people, anyway.