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Mar 17, 2024

Your guide to a teaching career in Australia 

Are you looking for a change, or seeking work-life balance and a modern environment in the world of education? Australia offers a vibrant, multicultural backdrop that’s ripe with opportunities. Bring your teaching career to Australia, where you can teach in a warm climate, with stunning landscapes and diverse cultures. This guide gives you insights into a rewarding career in Australian education, providing you with the tips and guidance you need to turn your dream into reality.

Why Australia is calling for Teachers

Australia faces a unique challenge – a growing student population outpacing the number of available, qualified teachers. This has opened doors for international educators, especially in fields like Technology, Arts, Health, and Physical Education, where shortages are highest. Even in areas with more availability, such as science, mathematics, and English, there is demand for passionate educators, particularly in rural regions. With enticing incentives, including significant salary increases in places like Western Australia and an ever-growing need in Victoria, there has never been a better time to make the move to be a teacher in Australia.

Registration and visas

Moving to a new country is a life-changing opportunity, Australia’s supportive regulatory framework as well as Working In Australia’s 25 years of experience assisting teachers with their move makes it a smooth journey.

In Australia, each state and territory manage their own education system, which means you’ll need to research the specific qualifications required where you aim to teach. Typically, a teaching degree from a university or college (like a BEd or PGCE) is necessary, along with either an Australian education visa or a work visa. Fortunately, teaching positions are listed on the Skilled Occupation list, improving your chances of securing a skilled migration visa. 

Your teaching abilities must also be evaluated by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

Additionally, be prepared to complete a criminal history check and prove your proficiency in the English language.

For assistance in determining if you meet the qualifications for a teaching career in Australia complete our free appraisal, our expert team will guide you through the registration requirements specific to you as well as help you understand which visa category you best fit into.

Depending on your area of expertise, Australia offers various pathways under the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Australian Teaching salaries

The amount you could earn as a registered teacher is influenced by your teaching location and your position on the salary scale.

Factors such as your years of experience, the state or territory of your employment, and whether your school is situated in an urban, rural, remote, or inner-city area, all play a role in determining your rank or grade on the salary ladder. Rural and remote schools are considered high priority areas, and you may receive extra benefits for working there.

As an example, Queensland has a guide of the approximate base salary of $88,238 – $108,359 for teachers, and $113,329 for a senior teacher. 

In New South Wales, experienced teachers can earn up to $145,895 annually.

Start today!

Teaching in Australia is more than a job; it’s a lifestyle, an adventure, and a chance to be get the life Down Under that you’ve always dreamed of.

Take the first step towards a rewarding career in a beautiful location by completing our free appraisal, it only takes 2 minutes. We’ll connect you with one of our experts who will guide you through everything you need to know to make the move.

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