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Teaching in Australia & New Zealand, Qualifications, Salary

Teaching in Australia & New Zealand, 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.

Teaching in New Zealand could provide an equally good experience and a long career at a school.

From nursery, primary, secondary high schools competent qualified teachers from the UK 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 or college level 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.


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.

Another option, what I call youth working Australian visa where teachers under a certain age can obtain a working holiday visa for a maximum of two years to teach at a school in Australia.


Australia teacher salary

Department of Education See here for further information

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

For years 2018/2019

2.1 $70,137*
2.2 $76,760*

Teachers  (Salary level depends on successful years teaching and experience)


2.2 $76,760
2.3 $83,820
2.4 $87,027
2.5 $90,361
2.6 $93,824
2.7 $97,423
2.8 $101,163
2.9 $105,049

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

Australia senior teacher grade  $109,089

Level 3.1 class teacher salary in Australia    $113,287

Level 3.2 class teacher salary in Australia    $116,626


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


School Year

Start late January/early February and ends early/mid December.


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 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 New Zealand & 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.


Teaching in New Zealand

Teaching in New ZealandOverseas trained teachers are welcomed to teach in New Zealand from primary to secondary schools, should you have the right to work in the country.

The Department of Labor Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) and the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) are actively looking for teachers for certain New Zealand teaching positions.

Special education teaching jobs in New Zealand and hard to fill positions are generally only available as secondary and primary school teachers (5-12) are no longer on the skills shortage list for a visa.

Teacher jobs in schools are advertised at different times of the year. Although again you should be suitably qualified with relevant experience before applying. 


Teach in New Zealand early childhood children

  • Overseas early childhood education teaching qualification must be assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to be equivalent to a Diploma of Teaching (ECE) or Bachelor of Teaching (ECE).
  • Overseas trained ECE teachers must be qualified to teach 0-5 years to obtain New Zealand equivalency and teacher registration.


Primary and secondary teachers

Primary teachers are required, although the first half of the year is better for job vacancies to start in late August. Shortage of teachers in key core subjects are available for teachers in New Zealand.


Special education teachers

  • Qualified, experienced teachers of children with learning or behavioral issues and those working with children with physical disabilities are in demand.


New Zealand teaching opportunities

School teachers can find employment at New Zealand international schools from nursery to 18 years old children. 


Requirements to teach in New Zealand

  • Criminal background check dated with past 6 months
  • Qualifications as a teacher and degree certification
  • Should be a qualified teacher in the age range you wish to teach
  • An appropriate undergraduate degree to teach your chosen subject
  • Experience teaching that age range is an advantage to help secure a teaching post
  • For immigration purposes a full medical medical check that can cost hundreds of pounds alone
  • One year, 2 years, and permanent contracts or normal for New Zealand teachers


Teaching salary New Zealand

Teachers pay is similar to other western developed countries where you would be paid in relation to the grade of position accepted. 


Visa and residency

With a confirmed offer of an education job in New Zealand a work visa and residency are available for qualifying teachers.

Check with the New Zealand embassy for the requirements and any restrictions in your country.

Overseas teachers requiring a visa, do not expect to be able to apply for many positions as there is no work visa available for the vast majority of school jobs in New Zealand.

The visa regulations changed in 2011 to reflect the availability of good New Zealand teachers to fill teaching posts at school level. 



Medical Assistance

Medical insurance before you leave is always a good option until you are accepted for New Zealand state medical cover. 


Country Facts

4, 200,000 approximately population in the country

270,534  Sq Km approximately in land size

Wellington is the capital city

Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Electricity:  230 AC Volts, 50 Hz

Language: English, Maori

Time: GMT + 12

Dialing code: + 64

Emergencies call:  Call 111 for Ambulance, Police and Fire

Climate:  Warm summers with cold rainy winters



State school employees, you require to supply your own accommodation, although international schools may provide an apartment or a house for certain employees according to their seniority.


Jobs in Australia and New Zealand teaching in schools

See other jobs boards and Australian government education websites.


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