To work as a teacher in Australia there are certain requirements that you must meet. This article details the specific requirements that you need to work in Australia.
In Australia you can work as different type of teachers including:
- Secondary School Teacher (Year 7 – Year 12 or 13 – 18 years)
- Primary School Teacher (Year 1 – Year 6 or 6 to 12 years)
- Early Childhood (pre-primary school) Teacher (5 or younger)
If I am a qualified teacher, can I migrate to Australia?
Please note that Secondary School Teacher and Early Childhood (Pre-primary school) Teacher are both on the Immigration and Border Protection Medium to Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). This means that if you are qualified in these teaching positions, you may then be able to apply for independent general skilled migration (Permanent work visas).
However Primary School Teacher is not on this MLTSSL. This means that even if you are a qualified primary school teacher you cannot obtain a permanent general skilled migration visa such as (Skilled Independent – Subclass 189 or State Sponsored Subclass 190). Essentially the only type visa you can apply for are employer sponsored visas. Therefore if you are a primary school teacher you would need a school to sponsor your work visa.
The most common visas for teachers to work in Australia are:
- General Skilled Migration (189 or 190) – This is a permanent visa in Australia that does not require an employer to sponsor
- Employer Sponsored (482 or 187) – This visa allows the visa holder to work for a school for the company in Australia. It may lead to PR after 3 years.
What types of teachers are most in demand in Australia?
It has widely been reported that maths and science secondary school teachers are the most in demand in Australia. There is also a lot more demand for qualified teachers to work in regional Australia. Many young Australian recent teacher graduates actually have to go to regional Australia to find their first employer. Probably the least in demand teachers are female primary school teachers in major cities.
What qualifications do I need to teach in Australia?
Generally speaking each state and territory in Australia governs its own education system, so you need to check the specific requirements of the state where you would like to work. The most common requirements include:
- If you do not previously hold a bachelor degree you can choose to study the Bachelor of Education (4 year course)
- If you currently hold a bachelor degree (in any discipline), you may be able to study a Graduate Diploma in Education (1 year) or a Masters of Education (1-2 years). For example, if you have a bachelor of business, you may be able to undertake a 1 year Grad Dip in Education and meet the requirements to become a qualified teacher in Australia.
How do I get my skills assessed?
The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership is the skills assessor for all teaching professions in Australia. If you want to apply for permanent work visas (both general skilled migration or permanent employer sponsored visas), you will usually need to obtain a full skills assessment.
The main requirements for most include:
- Education Requirements
You will need to have previous study assessed by AITSL as comparable to at least four years full-time higher education (university) level study, that results in a qualification.
For example, either a 4 year bachelor of education, or a 3 year Bachelor degree in any discipline and the the equivalent of a (Grad Dip or Master of Education) qualification relevant to the specific teacher occupation of at least one year full-time study at the university level.
The qualification must include a minimum of 45 days of supervised teaching practice with students.
- Very high English requirements:
English requirements to become a teacher in Australia are very high. You will need to show:
(i) An Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) that shows a score of at least 7.0 for both Reading and Writing; and a score of at least 8.0 for both Speaking and Listening.
Or (ii) An applicant has completed at least four full years of study in higher education (university) in Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America. This study must have resulted in award of qualification(s) comparable to the educational level of an Australian bachelor degree or higher and must include a recognised initial teacher education qualification.
*Please note these are general in nature, for more information of the AITSL skills assessment, please contact the skills assessor.
Can I study to become a teacher in Australia?
Yes, international students can become a qualified teacher in as short a time as 1 – 2 years (if they have already completed a bachelor degree).
- If you do not previously hold a bachelor degree you can choose to study the Bachelor of Education (3 – 4 year course)
- If you currently hold a bachelor degree (in any discipline), you may be able to study a Masters of Teaching (1-2 years). For example, if you have a bachelor of business, you may be able to undertake a 1 – 2 year Masters of Teaching and meet the requirements to become a qualified teacher in Australia.
More information on teaching course options available here.
How do I find employment as a teacher?
Firstly you will need to ensure that you meet all of the requirements for the specific State in Australia that you would like to work.As Each State in Australian governs its own education system the requirements may chance from state to state, however each state usually requires you to register as a teacher in the State. Because of this, it is recommended that you check with the specific state that you would like to teach in.
Below is an example of the requirements for teaching in NSW:
- Meet the required English requirements:
- Register to be accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and be approved to teach by the NSW Department of Education.
- Sit a 10 hour Refresher course in your first year of teaching
To work in QLD public schools you must:
- have a relevant teaching qualification
- hold teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), and
- meet the mandatory requirements for teacher eligibility.
How much do teachers earn?
The minimum salary for a full time teacher in Australia is roughly $60,000. This is what most graduate teachers would earn. More senior teachers can expect to receive close to $100,000 .
Private or Public Schools
In Australia the education system is split into private and public (state run) schools. Each State in Australia runs its own education department. However the education system is similar across all States or Territories.
Public schools make up roughly half of all students in the Australian education system. The major part of their costs is met by the state or territory government who are the teachers employers. Private schools, both religious or secular, generally charge higher fees and can enforce their own specific school requirements. Regardless of whether a school is government or private, it is regulated by the same curriculum standards framework
Please note the above information is general in nature and you must consult the relevant skills assessor or migration agent for the correct information specific to your case.
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