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Teaching in Australia School Teacher Qualifications & Salary

Teaching in Australia School Teacher Qualifications & SalaryA country with 8 state territories teaching in Australia schools provides a choice of 1,000’s of schools to choice from. Vast majority of students attend state school, although there are fee paying independent and international schools around Australia.

From nursery, primary, secondary high schools competent qualified teachers from the UK, USA, Ireland, Canada and other countries have a good chance finding and securing teaching jobs in Australia. Check this evidence out where one in every 17 teachers in Australian schools are qualified in the UK.


Teaching in Australia requirements

Each of the 8 states has their own teacher employment and teacher certification policies and guidelines for schools.  Qualified to teach in the UK at school and have a working visa then you have a good chance of obtaining a teaching position. Primary and secondary qualified teachers have a large choice of schools with their qualified teacher status.

You must have a 4 year undergraduate teaching degree such as a bachelor of education Bed or a 3 year degree followed by a one year postgraduate teaching degree to teach in Australia and obtain a work visa. Also you must be qualified to teach school age children in the country you qualified.

England & Wales: BEd, PGCE Primary/Secondary with QTS

Scotland: MEd, PGDE and fully registered with the GTCS

Other teaching qualification could be accepted.


Can I get a Visa to teach in Australia?

Obtaining a long term skilled migrants visa for qualified teachers in Australia is possible should you qualify.

All prospective teachers for schools also have their application assessed formally for migration by the Australian Institute for Teaching and Schools Leadership (AITSL) as well as the Australian immigration department. Good qualified school teachers have nothing to worry about.

working migrant visa is age dependent, qualifications, and teaching experience are all taken into consideration in your visa application.


Australia teacher salary

Western Australia Department of Education teacher pay scale See here for further information

New South Wales teachers are paid about the same as Northern Territories, although are on different salary scale for pay. Salary you are paid depends on the education department location, experience you have and other.

First year of teaching after qualifying as a teacher you start on level 2.1

For years 2019/20

2.1 $71 137*
2.2 $77 760*

Teachers  (Salary level depends on successful years teaching and experience to gain further increases in salary scale)


LEVEL SALARY AS AT December 2019
2.2 $77 760
2.3 $84 820
2.4 $88 027
2.5 $91 361
2.6 $94 824
2.7 $98 423
2.8 $102 163
2.9 $106 049

Following 2.9 there are further levels that award higher pay per year.

Australia senior teacher grade  $110 089

Level 3.1 class teacher salary in Australia    $114 287

Level 3.2 class teacher salary in Australia    $117 626


Independent fee paying schools in Australia have their own salary scales.


School Year

Start late January/early February and ends early/mid December. 4 teaching terms each year with holiday’s in between.


Australia, where can I teach?

Nursery schools, primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, universities.


Teacher exchange programme

For a number of years, there have been teacher exchange programs in place for teachers to swap places with teachers in the UK and Australia, providing a chance for you in Australia for one year. Individual schools and school networks exchange teachers for a year to experience and share experiences.


Registration authorities

Before you can teach in state schools in the following states you require to register as a teacher, and obtaining a teacher position is not assured.

Queensland: Board of Teacher Registration
South Australia: Teachers’ Registration Board
Victoria: For non government schools only Registered Schools Board

For teachers looking to relocate to New South Wales (NSW) for example take a look at the official NSW teaching website for overseas trained teachers opportunities.


Teacher certification from one of 8 Australian states

As a teacher from the UK, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, USA and other countries with overseas qualifications and experience. you will require your certificates and experience checked, and this is completed by individual states in addition to your migration visa application.

The checking process involves previous schools, General Teaching Council and verify all qualification are authentic.


Western Australia: Overseas Qualifications Unit

Tasmania: Overseas Qualifications Unit

Northern Territory: Office of Ethnic Affairs

Australian Capital Territory: National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition

New South Wales: Overseas Qualifications Officer

Queensland: Skills Recognition Branch

Victoria: Overseas Qualifications Unit

South Australia: Immigration Promotion and Settlement Unit


A school teachers day in Australia can also be challenging and rewarding from a school in a city or a small school in a rural area.  There are opportunities to do supply teaching or you can accept a full time or part time permanent teaching position.


Australia country guide

Teachers and lecturers are in high demand for state schools, colleges, universities and Australia has a steady employment market, stable economy, sun and excellent beaches.

Obtaining a working visa requires you to qualify through a points system and the application takes months of gathering the appropriate paperwork to teach.

A country that provides a host of opportunity attracts many potential migrants each year, and the Australian government is at present trying to attract skilled workers and other suitable permanent residents.

Australia is a land of contrasts: sweeping golden beaches, coral reefs rich with marine life, tropical rain forests, mountain ranges, vast grazing lands and sparse deserts.


Country facts of Australia:

Population: 20 million approximately

Languages: English & native languages

Politics system: Democratic, federal-state system, British monarch as sovereign. Well developed and excellent education system

Culture: Outgoing

Geography: A large country that is no attached to any other. Continent, but sixth-largest country; population concentrated along the eastern and south-eastern coasts tropical sea

Climate: Generally arid to semiarid, temperate in south and east; tropical in north

Major cities: Adelaide, South Australia; Brisbane, Queensland; Melbourne, Victoria; Perth, Western Australia; Sydney, New South Wales


When to go to Australia

Travelling to Australia anytime of the year is good, although certain months are warmer than others.  People under 45 have the right to obtain certain work visas and stay for a prolonged period, and of course, holiday visitors are welcome from all walks of life for short and long stays.

Attractions in Queensland’s rain forests and coral reefs are good to visit all year round and major cities and beaches.


Getting Around Australia

Options for getting around, towns, cities and transnational travel are varied from cars, bus, trains, planes and cruises.

Australia is a large country and flying is the quickest and easiest method of transport for long journeys.  Seeing the country by land is a great way to see the sights and experience adventures on the way.

Of course being well prepared when driving in the outback of Australia is a must and professional guidance should be sought before you start your journey.

UK driving license holders can exchange their license generally without taking any driving or theory tests.  Each state again has their own rules on foreign licensed drivers and exchange of driving licenses.



Australia is home to the Great Barrier Reef, desert, and hosts thousands of animals, birds and other exotic creatures on land and in the ocean surrounding Australia.

Crocodiles in salt water rivers, poisonous snakes, koala bears and a few kangaroos.  Many unique natural features throughout Australia can be seen from beaches, outback, cities and the ocean as a whole.


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