Teaching in Australia

by Mark Benson on November 17, 2009

Australia is crying out for teachers!

Australia is crying out for teachers!

Teaching in Australia is a profession which is severely short of skilled teachers and has been crying out for some time for assistance from overseas skilled workers. Despite the fact that the Australian immigration system would appear to be very cumbersome and relatively unhelpful on the surface, there are a number of ways to short-circuit the system and effectively push your way to the front of the queue.

Living in Australia

The Australian economy has been one of the surprises of recent years having settled down in a general upward trend as the country has blossomed. The relatively stable political scene in Australia has allowed the economy to grow which has in turn attracted a number of expats to the region and indeed many Australians who left the country for “pastures new” are now returning. As a consequence a number of areas of everyday Australian life are struggling to find skilled workers who are available across the country. This is where there is a specific opportunity for those with a teaching background and teaching experience to make a new life in Australia.

Teaching posts available in Australia

Teaching in Australia is something which the Australian government has taken great interest in and is looking to fast-track the Australian education system to bring it up to date and up to speed with the best in the world. It is well-known that qualified and well experience teaching professionals are in great demand across Australia, from the pre-primary schoolteachers to the secondary school teachers and further education.

As a consequence, if you’re looking to relocate to Australia and you have experience in teaching then there is every chance that you could be a much sought after commodity by the Australian authorities.

Assessment for fast-track entry to Australia

As you we mentioned above, skilled workers in various areas of the economy are in short supply in Australia and teaching is a particularly difficult area for the Austrian authorities at the moment. In simple terms, if you apply for a skilled workers visa then you will be assessed under three separate criteria which will break down your experience in the workplace and your specific qualifications.

The criteria used are:-

Educational

If you have completed higher education studies of at least four years full-time higher education, which are comparable to the qualifications available in Australia, and also have qualifications which are comparable to the Australian system then you have a good chance of passing this particular criteria. The Austrian authorities will assess your experience and qualifications against their own and arrive at a decision fairly quickly.

Professional assessment

This particular assessment looks at your professional qualifications with regards to teaching and requires you to have an initial teacher education qualification of at least one year full-time which should have at some stage included at least 45 days of supervised practice in a teaching environment.

English-Language

As English is the mother tongue in Australia it is vital that those looking to move to Australia under the teacher recruitment plan must be fluent in English, both orally and written. It is interesting to see that not only Australia, but many other countries around the world, are crying out for English teachers due in the main to the fact the language is so popular and so many English-speaking expats are now dotted around the globe.

Gaining entry to Australia

There are two main ways to gain entry to Australia if you’re looking to become involved in the education system which are:-

Skilled workers visa

This is a popular route for many people who are looking to relocate to Australia and have experience in much sought after areas of the employment market. In simple terms, the applicant will apply on behalf of themselves and will provide the authorities with detailed information so that they can arrive at the decision.

Sponsorship

This is by far and away the more convenient way to apply for entry into Australia under the skilled workers visa as you are effectively being sponsored by a recognised local authority or company in Australia. The authorities will rightly assume that the sponsor has taken precautions with regards to the person or persons they are sponsoring and much of the “information digging” should have been done already.

Salaries in the Australian teaching profession

It is difficult to say what the standard salary is for an Australian teacher but for those with relatively little experience they can still attract salaries from AU$33,000 to as high as AU$45,000 and those with more experience in senior roles you would be looking at between AU$55,000 and AU$70,000 a year. When you consider the cost of living in Australia, which is in many ways much cheaper than in places such as the UK, it is possible to obtain a very comfortable standard of living in Australia if you are involved in the teaching profession on a full-time basis.

The Australian culture

In order to be successful in any walk of life in Australia you need to appreciate the culture and the Australian way of life which will in some cases be very different to what you may have been used to. However, Australia is renowned as a relatively friendly country and one which continues to attract more and more expats from around the world. Indeed the fact that many Australian expats are returning to their former homelands is also a sign that all is good in the country and the future looks bright.

Conclusion

Australia is a country which has for some time been one of the more popular expat destinations and one which has depended heavily upon immigration to increase the population, improve the economy and expand the country’s profile overseas. This heavy dependence upon immigration has left areas such as the teaching profession short of skilled workers at the moment and this is something which the Austrian authorities have been quick to tackle, offering fast-track visas for teachers with acceptable qualifications and experience.

As a consequence, Australia has become something of a magnet for teachers looking to move to a new land and so long as the demand for teachers remains high it is likely we will see the teaching profession remain on the skilled workers list for the foreseeable future.


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

priti chopra December 12, 2009 at 10:14 am

i am having more than 3 years of school teaching experienc as a primary science teacher in India. i have completed B.Sc, M.Sc( zoology), B.Ed, M.Ed, M.Phil ( education) from India.

i want to know if directly i qualify for a teaching job in Australia on the basis of this or do I need to do some other course from Australia to be eligible for the same?

i also want to know whether Idian B.Ed ( bachelor of education) is recognised in Australia or not.

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Folin Bino June 16, 2012 at 7:50 am

Hi Prithi
My name is Folin i'm here in Australia on a spouse visa
i have the same qualifications as you have ( BSc , MSc in zoology and BEd and also was teaching in India ina collage 3+ years
I dont know how to do the assesment here can you pls help ?

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sarah December 16, 2009 at 2:13 am

IELTS preparation courses to help you gain your visa to Australia, the UK, Canada and NZ.

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Jeanette December 20, 2009 at 11:07 am

Accurate information, but please….it’s Australia – not Austria.(see paragraphs headed Assessment… and Education….)

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Kadonsi Kaziya January 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Am a science and mathematics teacher looking for a teaching postion in Australia.

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Munira January 17, 2010 at 4:06 am

I am Munira From Karachi. I am in teaching profession for last 3 years. Have done B.Ed from Karachi University and IGCE from Australian Catholic University which is in link with Notre Dame Institute of Education in Karachi. I have obtained the marksheets of both my degree and my certificate. Is it possible to apply on that basis. I will be able to get both the degrees in 2011. The other thing "Is the age limit for teachers is 35 ? I heard that the age limit for skill workers is 45? Please guide

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Khalid April 22, 2012 at 6:31 am

Yes Munira, u can be eligible.But u have to have IELTS score on average 7.5 with 8 both in listening and speaking……..woo …….seems difficult!!!!!!!

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preet June 15, 2013 at 9:07 am

Hi I am Punjab government teacher and having an experience of 10 years as a primary teacher.For Last three years I am working as a science mistress.With qualification Bsc medical, BEd, MEd,MA English from PU chandigarh Indiia ; can I apply for any teaching job in Australia? Any course required for the same? please let me know the basic requirements for the job?My spouse has applied for the PR in Australia?

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Janus Fourie July 21, 2014 at 10:36 am

Good day,
What costs would I have to look at to move to Australia as a teacher? I am a qualified Visual Arts and Language (English) teacher with a BEd-Degree (and busy with my BED: Hons), living and working in South Africa. My fiancé and I are seriously considering moving to Australia once we get married next year (2015). The main reason being that it is almost impossible to survive on a teacher salary in South Africa which is about 5 to 6 times less than that of Australia. My fiancé unfortunately has no qualifications behind her name and therefore struggles to find work that pays enough to just cover her petrol expenses.

How much would we have to save to afford eligibility for Australian visas?

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