Teacher Employment covers casual/part-time/relief/substitute teaching, full-time teaching and specialist positions such as consultants, itinerant teachers and counsellors. Teachers can work in government or several non-government systems, including specialist schools.
Advertised positions are found through multiple sources, in both print and internet media. Some apply to individual schools at a specific site while others operate across regions or the whole state.
This page covers procedures for transferring recognition of registration/accreditation between states/territories, including New Zealand. It also covers job sites and any special programs.
The First Page covers procedures and programs used in each state & territory.
Recognition of Interstate Registration
Nowadays, there is greater mobility than ever before. With the advent of teacher registration and accreditation it has added another factor to the process. This also applies to teachers moving to Australia from New Zealand or other countries.
Most bodies have some degree of recognition of your registration/accreditation from other states. Information and relevant forms, can be accessed from the relevant institution.
New South Wales is an exception. New South Wales accredits instead of registering teachers. This creates difficulties with most other jurisdictions except Victoria which operates a Memorandum of Understanding.
Links below take you to the relevant page for details from each state/territory on the registration process covering transferring from one to another.
If you wish to be registered in more than one jurisdiction clarify the validity with both bodies.
Australian Capital Territory
The Teach in the ACT page provides details of the process which operates in the ACT. It also connects to the following two areas.
Teachers who are already Registered. The site ‘if you currently hold full or provisional registration in the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia or New Zealand’. It steps you through the process.
Teachers who are NSW Accredited [Professional Competence or Proficient Teacher Certificate] start on this page. There is a Memorandum of Understanding which applies. Read the overview, then follow the process.
New South Wales
Interstate Teachers [NESA]
Covers steps to follow, important information for Queensland or WA registered teachers, fees, more. Follow the steps as listed. [Previously through BOSTES].
The Mutual Recognition Principle page provides a clear overview. An Application for NT Teacher Registration Under Mutual Recognition is available here This does not apply if coming from NSW. If from NSW, you will need to use Form A, but clarify this if in any doubt.
The Documentary Evidence page lists the other certifications required to go with your application.
Check the FAQ on Teacher Registration which covers this area.
An Application for Registration Under Mutual Recognition Fact Sheet is found here.
Information for a Mutual Recognition application. Further information is found on the Applying for Teacher Registration page. Note : ‘As New South Wales does not have a teacher registration authority, teachers who are accredited or approved for employment in that state are not eligible to apply under mutual recognition’.. NSW teachers should contact the Queensland College of Teachers direct for further information.
Application for Registration under Mutual Recognition
The document provides both information and the application form. Note : this process does not include NSW. People from NSW should contact the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia direct for application instructions.
Note : ‘As of the 1st of January 2017 all Tasmanian teachers and Limited Authority to Teach holders will be required to hold Registration to Work with Vulnerable People [also referred to as Working with Children check] with the Department of Justice, Tasmania’. Details can be found at Department of Justice : Working with Children.
Application for Registration as a
Teacher in Tasmania under Mutual Recognition
Click here for step by step instructions. Note : this does not include those from NSW who have to register using a general online application process.
TRB Online. ‘You will need to apply via this site. If you are applying for the first time you will need to establish an account.
Registration under Mutual Recognition
‘If you are currently registered with a teacher registration authority in Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory or New Zealand, you are eligible to apply for registration under the Mutual Recognition Principle’, scroll down to this section of the page. Complete Form E - Application for Registration under Mutual Recognition.
Waiver of Fees [Victorian Institute of Teaching]
‘Applications for waiver of the annual registration fee can be considered on the grounds that a person seeks to continue to hold their registration or be granted registration under the following criteria’.
The Mutual Recognition page clarifies the process. ‘All Australian States and Territories except NSW, as well as New Zealand, recognise each others’ teacher registration. This is called the mutual recognition principle. For further information on mutual recognition registration refer to the Mutual Recognition Policy document. Teachers accredited in NSW have to apply using the normal WA procedures.
The Mutual Recognition Application Form can be downloaded here.
Education Council New Zealand
General information for those who may be interested in a teaching position in New Zealand.
Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition
Scroll down to this section. Details who is eligible,
Note : this does not include NSW. Find the relevant Application Form [EC15] detailed and listed for download here.
The following normally have listings of education vacancies at all levels. Some are daily, others on a weekly basis.
Multiple areas with total positions available for each. Several thousand in total.
- adzuna - My Careers
‘Mycareer has joined Adzuna to bring you Every job, Everywhere’.
- Careerone - Education
Select the keywords, category and location using the top section of the site. Get Jobs on Your phone. Free to join.
Enter “education” or related keywords, then location and find job listings.
Enter “education” or related keywords, then location and find job listings.
Online Education Job Sites
- Australian Teachers
Search by category, state, program.
- Class Cover
‘Online booking platform for casual relief teachers. Schools save a lot of time when booking through the Class Cover system’. Free trial. Teachers can remain involved for free.
- Class Professionals
‘Class Professionals provides staff to child care centres, primary and secondary schools across Perth and regional WA with ease and professionalism’.
Education jobs collated from a number of employment agencies.
- Resource Ed Personnel
Find employment here and in other countries.
- SchoolJobs : Admin. and Teaching Jobs in Australian Schools
‘Designed exclusively for Australian primary and secondary schools’. Narrow your search by subject areas, level, more.
- Switch Education.Recruitment
‘Emphasis is on providing staff that completely satisfy your requirements in a timely and ‘hassle’ free manner’. South Australia.
Claims the largest range of positions. Australia wide.
- Teaching Jobs
Lists jobs in directories or by capital cities.
- Higher Education Jobs [LinkedIn]
Wide range across Australia.
- The Conversation Job Board
Multiple selection options include category, organisation, location, type.
- UniJobs Australia
‘Browse, compare and apply for university positions online or receive weekly academic, research and administration job alerts via email’.
- Assessment for Migration Application Guide
PDF document. Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. For those seeking Skilled Migration status. Assessment Application Forms for different school teacher occupations can be downloaded here [.docx format].
- How to Become a High School
30+ courses in Australia that will qualify you for this role. Other teaching levels also covered.
‘You may need your overseas qualification assessed for employment, study, or to migrate to Australia’.
- Staff in Australia’s Schools [SiAS]
Information from ACER, 2013.
- Teach For Australia
‘Designed for outstanding graduates from all degree disciplines. Allows participants to build highly-valued transferable skills and a powerful network, whilst inspiring and motivating students in the most disadvantaged schools in Australia’. Check further information through their Our Program section.