There are lots of teaching jobs in Australia for foreigners.
These jobs are at all levels, and in very diverse fields. This is due to a shortage of teachers in Australia. If you’re a qualified teacher and you want to start a new adventure Down Under, you should go for it!
Ways to find teaching jobs in Australia for international applicants
Are you wondering how to be a teacher in Australia ? You can contact a recruitment agency before or after you land Down Under. It’s the easiest way to start teaching in Australia.
Here is a list of useful recruitment agencies in Australia for foreigners looking for a teaching job:
Recruitment agencies adapt to each school’s different recruitment needs. They’ve established relationships with some schools but rarely all of them, so you may have to apply via multiple agencies. Schools can be large city ones, or small rural ones. Furthermore, each Australian state and territory have their own school curriculum and recruitment standards for teachers.
An agreement exists between the Commonwealth Government of Australia and some state or territory governments to sponsor foreign teachers for permanent jobs in locations where there’s a shortage of teaching staff. Inquire with the education department in the state or territory where you would like to work.
Finally, to work as a teacher in Australia, you’ll need a permanent or temporary work visa, or a working holiday visa, and be a qualified teacher.
What qualifications do you need to be a teacher in Australia ?
You must meet the requirements of the education department in a given state or territory and register as a teacher with the relevant regulatory body.
You’ll be asked to have the equivalent of 3 to 4 years of tertiary training, and a teaching qualification recognised by the local state or regulatory body. You’ll also need to go through a criminal record check, and to pass an English skills assessment test if it’s not your first language.
What kind of teaching jobs can I get in Australia?
Foreign qualified teachers can get permanent, temporary, casual and contract jobs in Australian schools. Usually, permanent teaching jobs are full time. But if a short term position suits you better, there are lots of them too in Australia.
You can teach at pre-primary level (children up to 5 year old), primary school level (children around 4-12 year old) or secondary level (students around 11-18 year old). Sometimes, you’ll be required to teach across a broad range of subjects, while other positions will require that you specialise in one subject.
A good idea is to check with the education department of the state or territory where you would like to live to see what are their teaching needs.
Right now, there’s a high demand in Australia for teachers of science, mathematics, technological and applied studies, and special education. You should try your luck!
How much is a teacher salary in Australia?
It depends on your experience as a teacher and the position you’re applying for, and also on the state/territory. Most of the time, private schools pay more than public schools.
A casual teacher with 3-4 years experience can possibly earn AU$220-AU$290 per day. If they have less experience, they could earn AU$95-AU$120 per day.
Permanent teachers can earn around AU$33,000-AU$45,000 per year if they have a few years experience. Their salary can reach AU$55,000-AU$70,000 if they have lots of teaching experience.
To sum things up
The application process for teachers depends on the school and the state. That’s why registering with a recruitment agency is a wise move. Education recruitment agencies can introduce you to new teaching opportunities in Australian schools and make the hiring process much easier, especially if you’re a foreigner. You should contact these recruitment agencies well before you leave your country for Australia, and make sure that they are serious about their job. If you’re already in Australia, you can also look for a teacher job by yourself: visit government jobs websites such as I Work For NSW, or just go to different schools to introduce yourself (bring your CV with you!)
The best time to apply for a teaching position is from early September for the start of the next teaching year. But there are many teaching positions available throughout the year.