Teacher Employment covers casual/part-time/relief/substitute teaching, full-time teaching and specialist positions such as consultants, itinerant teachers, counsellors and more. Teachers can work in government or several non-government systems, including specialist schools.
Advertised positions are found from state education departments, independent systems and individual schools, in both print and internet media. Some apply to individual schools at a specific site [usually non-government] while others operate across regions or the whole state [usually the government system or one of the systemic groups such as the Catholic School System.
This page looks at resources, tools and special programs. It specifically covers procedures for transferring recognition of registration/accreditation between states/territories, including teachers coming from New Zealand.
The First Page covers procedures and programs used in each state & territory.
Recognition of Interstate Registration
Nowadays, there is greater mobility than ever before and this applies to teachers as much as other professions. In addition, there is movement between states/territories to a far greater degree. With the advent of teacher registration and accreditation bodies it has added another level of requirement to the process. As well as movement within Australia, this also applies to teachers moving to Australia from New Zealand or other countries.
Most states & territories have some degree of recognition of your registration/accreditation from other states and this information and the relevant forms, etc., can be accessed on the Board/Institute/College of Teachers of each state & territory [see listing below].
The ACT established a Teacher Quality Institute in 2011. They now have a registration process so teachers wanting to move to another state/territory would be covered by the Mutual Recognition process, except in NSW. See details below
The one area that is an exception is New South Wales. New South Wales accredits rather than registers teachers. This creates difficulties with all other jurisdictions except Victoria which operates a Memorandum of Understanding specifically with NSW. In all other areas it is our understanding you would need to go through the registration process in order to be accepted for teaching. If moving to NSW, check the link provided below.
Each of the links below take you to the relevant page for details from each state/territory on the registration process covering transferring from one state to another, while additional links are given to forms, additional information, etc..
If you wish to be registered in more than one jurisdiction [i.e. previous teaching area and the new area to which you have moved] you would need to clarify the validity of doing so with both bodies.
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Advertisements for Positions
The following major newspapers usually have listings of education vacancies at all levels, some on a daily, others on a weekly basis. In addition, there may be advertisements in local/district/regional papers. See the Newspapers page to assist finding these.
- Careerone.com.au for Education
Includes a range of News publications around Australia. You can select the category, keywords and location using the top section of the site. You can also get Jobs on Your Phone and join an Education Newsletter. Free to join.
- The Age - My Careers
Covers all areas and levels of education. Common with all Fairfax Digital sites.
- The Canberra Times
Select Jobs Guide, then the Professional sub-group, then Education for vacancy listings.
- The Sydney Morning Herald - My Careers
All areas and levels of education. Common with all Fairfax Digital sites.
- The West Australian
Select Education from the industry options.
Online Education Job Sites
- Australian Teachers
Search by category, state and program.
‘We specialise exclusively in the education sector, providing short term, long term and relief teaching solutions. Class Professionals provides staff to child care centres, primary and secondary schools across Perth and regional WA with ease and professionalism’.
- Go Teaching
‘Great teaching jobs for great teachers. The Go Teaching email bulletin is delivered to thousands of teachers fortnightly, and includes the latest news in education and the best teaching jobs available’.
Education jobs collated from a number of employment agencies.
- My Career
More than 1 000 positions.
- Resource Ed Australia
‘Offers visiting teachers the best access to teaching opportunities in Melbourne and regional Victoria through its local teacher placement agency service known to schools as Resource Ed Personnel’.
- SchoolJobs : Admin and Teaching Jobs in Australian Schools
‘SchoolJobs is a job website designed exclusively for Australian primary and secondary schools’. Narrow your search by subject areas, level and more. There is also assistance for interviews, news and more.
More than 3 000 positions.
Claims to have the largest range of positions. Covers all Australia.
- Teaching Job
Lists jobs in directories.
- ANZUK Teachers
Not only covers most Australian states but also operates for England - London and Surrey in particular,.
- Australia Teachers
A multiplicity of search options from direct to regional, teaching to academic. Also information via Resource Centre, Events Directory and a Forum.
- Career One
Employment section of The Australian. Click on Education. Find positions available in government & non-government schools and higher education.
- Getting Good Teachers into Challenging Schools
‘An Australian article  on the problem of encouraging the best teachers to work in the most challenging schools’. Available as a PDF download.
- Careers for Teaching
Information and links to further information. There is also a section on Education and Training. Don’t forget to check the bottom sections of both pages by using the link connectors.
- How to Become a High School
A listing of over 50 courses in Australia that will qualify you for this role.
Federal government body for checking professional qualifications to gain Australian recognition. It covers all qualifications.
Note, you still need to go to a state or territory for employment. Fee-based.
- Salaries [AEU]
The Australian Education Union provides PDF downloads showing comparative salaries across Australia for school teachers, TAFE teachers, School Principals and Casual Relief teachers.
- Staff in
Information from ACER which is carrying out the study.
- State and Territory Overseas Qualifications
Contact details for states & territories for those coming on other than General Skills Migration visas [see last link below].
- Teachers on the Net
‘Meeting place for quality schools with vacancies and high quality teachers wanting placement’. Mostly independent schools.
- Teach For Australia
‘Teach For Australia is a ground breaking new leadership and career development program, designed for outstanding graduates from all degree disciplines. This structured, fully-paid program 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.
- Teaching Qualifications Assessment
Now handled by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. Previously handled by NOOSR. The site for those seeking Skilled Migration status. For information relating to ‘Australia-wide Accreditation of Programs for The Professional Preparation of Teachers’, you can also click on the link on the AITSL [Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership] home page.