Teaching in Australia
Teaching in Australia is a career opportunity to live and work in a beautiful country in the southern hemisphere. Australia is a popular destination for teachers and other professionals from the UK, US, and Canada seeking a similar lifestyle in a warmer climate.
Options for teaching in Australia
Australian curricula are very similar to those in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. Teachers from these countries may be the best candidates for finding success in Australia.
Australia is home to private and public schools in rural and urban areas of the country. Math, science, and English education in these schools is similar to in the UK, the US, Canada, and other western nations. English-speaking teachers are sought after for private and public schools in Australia.
Salary and benefits when teaching in Australia
Educators in Australia earn salaries ranging from $30 000 to $65 000 USD depending on the teacher’s qualifications and level of education being provided. Salaries may also vary from state to state in Australia.
Like salaries, benefits for teachers in Australia also vary from state and are dependent on the type of school. Teachers should expect similar vacation time to North American schools and in some cases, may also be eligible for surplus vacation time and rental subsidies. Teachers with more experience can usually expect a higher salary and more encompassing benefits package.
Teaching in Australia - HiringThe school year in Australia begins in early February and ends in mid-December. The summer break includes Christmas, New Year, and is the busiest time of the year for locals to spend time at the beach. Teaching jobs become available throughout the year as well as during the summer months (winter months in the northern hemisphere) prior to the new school year. Be sure to check the Teach Away job board for any upcoming teaching jobs in Australia.
What you need to teach in Australia
Qualifications to teach in Australia
A university degree and teaching license are generally required to teach in Australia. Since Australia is an English-speaking country with English curricula, ESL certificates are not required unless the teacher wishes to teach an ESL course to speakers of a foreign language living in Australia.
Visas for teachers in Australia
A visa is required to relocate to teach in Australia. Teach Away Placement Coordinators will provide more information to successful candidates, although it is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that all documents are submitted.
Living in Australia
Australia is a fantastic choice for people seeking teaching jobs abroad in a location populated with English speakers and fun, welcoming citizens. Australia is a massive country with plenty of beautiful beaches, unique wildlife, and travel opportunities (both within Australia and to southeast Asian tourist destinations). Australia experiences warm and hot climates and is often a popular place for extended visits for people from western countries.
Cost of living and housing in Australia
Australia maintains a high standard of living. However, along with this high standard of living comes a high cost of living as well. Educators relocating to Australia can expect to pay more for essentially all aspects of life - from groceries to housing. Housing rental rates vary, but on average cost approximately $1300 USD per month for a one-bedroom apartment in a city centre and $930 for a one-bedroom apartment outside of the city. Places with more bedrooms tend to increase the prices as well.
TEFL Certification to Teach in Australian Private Schools
Many private schools in Australia require applicants to possess an OISE TEFL certificate. The University of Toronto’s TEFL Online Certificate can help you land a teaching job in an Australian private school.
Australia at a Glance
Capital - Canberra
Language - English
Population - 21,575,341
Currency - Australian Dollar
Government - Federal constitutional monarchy
Climate - Ranges from tropical to temperate.
Size - 7,682,300 sq. km
- Vegetation covers nearly 91% of Australia
- In 1902, Australia became the second country in the world to give women the right to vote
- The biggest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium
- More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast