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Teacher Employment

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 specific procedures for transferring recognition of registration/accreditation between states/territories, including New Zealand [Mutual Recognition]. 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 covers you if you currently have registration in another state or territory in Australia or in New Zealand. It steps you through 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].

Northern Territory

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.


Updated ! An Application for Registration Under Mutual Recognition Fact Sheet is found here.

Updated ! Mutual Recognition
Information for a Mutual Recognition application. Further information is found on the Updated ! 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.

South Australia

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 Vulnerable People.

Application for Registration as a Teacher in Tasmania under Mutual Recognition [Policy]
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.

TRBOnline. ‘You will need to apply via this site. If you are applying for the first time you will need to establish an account.


Application for 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. An Application Form is available here.

If you are an accredited teacher in NSW, you will need to apply for registration by completing the two-step process outlined at the top of the Registering as a teacher page .

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’.

Western Australia

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.

New Zealand

Education Council New Zealand
General information for those who may be interested in a teaching position in New Zealand.

Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement
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.

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Other Information

Position Advertisements

The following normally have listings of education vacancies at all levels. Some are daily, others on a weekly basis.

  • adzuna
    Multiple areas with total positions available for each. Several thousand in total. Another page with individual listings is found here.
  • adzuna - My Careers
    ‘Mycareer has joined Adzuna to bring you Every job, Everywhere’.
  • Updated ! Careerone - Education
    Select the keywords, category and location using the top section of the site. Get Jobs on Your phone. Free to join.
  • Indeed
    Enter “education” or related keywords, then location and find job listings.
  • JobGurus Australia
    ‘Aggregates jobs from thousands of employer, recruiter and government sites across Australia and provides jobs in a simple, intuitive way to job seekers. The service is free to job seekers. The site also provides numerous tools such as Email Alerts, RSS feeds and mobile apps, amongst others’.

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’.
  • Jobaroo
    Education jobs collated from a number of employment agencies.
  • Jobted
    ‘Jobted aggregates job vacancies from all Australian career sites, job boards and recruitment agencies, and organises that information to make it accessible with easy find/search options’. Other information and assistance as well.
  • Resource Ed Personnel
    Find employment here and in other countries.
  • Updated ! 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.

Tertiary Positions

Other Information

  • Assessment for Migration Questions and Answers
    Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. For those seeking Skilled Migration status.
    Note that Changes to skilled migration program apply from 18 April 2017. Read more via the link provided.
    Assessment Application Forms for different school teacher occupations can be downloaded here [.docx format].
  • How to Become a High School Teacher
    30+ courses in Australia that will qualify you for this role. Other teaching levels also covered.
  • Qualifications Recognition
    ‘You may need your overseas qualification assessed for employment, study, or to migrate to Australia’.
  • Staff in Australia’s Schools [SiAS]
    Information from ACER, 2013/4.
  • 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.

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