Qualifications and Visa Requirements to Teach in Australia
Each state and territory in Australia governs its own education system, so you need to check the specific requirements of the state/territory where you want to work. Generally, you will need a university or college teaching qualification (BEd or PGCE) and an Australian education visa or working visa. You will also need to have your teaching skills assessed by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.
The Australian Visa Bureau will help you to work out if you’re qualified for a teaching job in Australia and the Migration Bureau lets you take a free assessment to see which visa category you’re eligible under. The good news is teaching is on the Skilled Occupation list and this should allow you to apply for a skilled migration visa. You may also have to undergo a criminal record check and an assessment of your English language skills.
Pay and Conditions
the rates of pay vary across the Australian states/territories. A new teacher can earn between $65,608 and $69,000 (around £40,000 and £42,000) depending on which state you teach in. For example, for the school year starting 1 January 2017, a new teacher in New South Wales will have a starting pay of $65,608, while their counterparts in Northern Territory start on $69,801.
How the Education System Works
It is important to understand the education system in Australia before you apply for any jobs. Around two-thirds of children attend government schools, while 20 per cent are in Catholic education and 14 per cent in independent schools. Schooling begins with the preparatory year, followed by 12 years of primary and secondary school. In the final year of secondary school, students can study for a government-endorsed certificate that is recognized for further study by all Australian universities, vocation education and training institutions.