Frequently Asked Questions – Overseas Candidates

Is there demand in Australia for overseas teachers?

Australia is amid a quality teacher shortage.  Prior to Covid and the resulting border closures, Australian schools hired overseas teachers. As borders have opened up and international travel resumes, we require more overseas applicants to help ensure quality teachers are in all Australian classrooms.

I am qualified to teach in my current country, does that mean I can teach in Australia?

Overseas qualified applicants must meet the registration standards of the Australian education profession which includes:

    1. Suitable tertiary qualifications
    2. Full teacher registration in the state in which you plan to teach
    3. Working rights for Australia i.e. applicable visa

Does SchoolHouse take care of my teacher registration and visa?

SchoolHouse staff are not authorised to provide migration services and nor can teacher registration in any one state be fulfilled via a third party. 

Where should I go to understand if I am eligible for teacher registration?

Education in Australia is governed at the state level and each state has its own teacher licensing body.  Here is list of the registering authorities and links to their website.

Queensland College of Teachers

NSW Education Standards Authority  

Victorian Institute of Teacher Registration

ACT Government – Teacher Quality Institute

Teacher Registration Board of South Australia  

Teacher Registration Board of Northern Territory

Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia

Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania

Where should I go to learn more and apply for a visa?

The Australian Government – Department of Home Affairs is the best source of information on visas and how to apply.    Visit  Working in Australia (homeaffairs.gov.au)

Is there an option if I do not qualify for a visa?

Sponsorship is also an option for suitably qualified and experienced teachers. This option is more likely in regional towns and rural areas and in high demand teaching areas such as Senior Science and Mathematics.   Be sure to read information related to your ability to register as a teacher in the states you wish to work in.  If you are eligible and willing to live and work in a regional centre (coastal or inland) or remote town/city sponsorship is an option we can explore for you.  

What locations are more likely to see a school sponsor an overseas teacher?

Locations outside cities like Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth or regions like the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast are where schools are far more likely to sponsor.  Queensland for example has Mackay, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Charters Towers, Mt Isa and Cairns – all beautiful regional centres with surrounding towns filled with amazing schools. Northern Territory has more sponsorships as does regional locations throughout Western Australian and New South Wales.  These locations are equally as beautiful, easy to live in and boast some of Australia’s best schools.

I already have a visa.  What are the next steps?

If you are eligible to register as a teacher in Australia and have working rights, please advise us of your preferences to teach in Australia including any relevant information about specialised subject areas, year levels, geographic locations and ideal commencement dates.

I am in need of sponsorship.  What are the next steps?

If you are eligible to register as a teacher in Australia and require sponsorship, please advise us of your preferences to teach in Australia, including any relevant information about specialised subject areas, year levels, geographic locations and ideal commencement dates.  Candidates willing to live and work in a regional centre or remote location will be prioritised.