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:-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.