Overseas qualified teachers

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I’m moving from overseas

With over 800 public schools in locations across our state, we offer endless opportunities to live and teach in Western Australia.

We welcome applications from overseas-trained teachers, living locally and abroad, in early childhood, primary, education support and specialist secondary learning areas. 

We are currently offering visa sponsorship and relocation support to secondary-trained teachers with 2 or more years of experience from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada or South Africa, to work in regional schools. Secondary teachers from New Zealand are also eligible for relocation support, to work in our regional schools.

Early childhood and primary teachers who want to teach in Western Australia need to arrange their own working rights and relocation.

Find out what it’s like to live and teach in one of our 8 education regions.
If you are an early childhood, primary, specialist or secondary teacher with your own working rights, you can apply for vacancies in public schools. 

Overseas teachers living in Australia with working rights can also apply for our state-wide teacher pool or graduate teacher pool. These pools offer fixed-term and permanent opportunities to teach throughout our state, all in one application.

If you are a secondary teacher from New Zealand, interested in teaching in a regional public school, you can find out about eligibility and salaries, and apply to our New Zealand Teacher Pool. We offer a generous relocation support package for positions of one year or more in duration.

Secondary teachers with 2 or more years of experience from United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada or South Africa who are seeking visa sponsorship and relocation support can either:
Teachers in Western Australian public schools must hold a completed initial teacher education qualification. As a minimum, this is either:
  • an undergraduate Bachelor of Education or equivalent
  • an undergraduate degree with a postgraduate teaching qualification such as a university-awarded Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) or Professional Master of Education.
The Department of Education does not recognise the Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) certification as a stand-alone initial teacher education qualification.

Before starting, all teachers in public schools must:

To be eligible to teach in WA public schools, teachers must hold appropriate working rights. This is typically citizenship, permanent residency, or a temporary visa with working rights. Find out more about working rights from the Department of Home Affairs.
Temporary working rights

If you are an early childhood, primary, specialist or secondary teacher and you have working rights, you can work in casual and temporary (contract) positions in WA public schools.  These working rights may be:

Check the conditions attached to your visa, as there may be restrictions on the number of hours you work, or how long you are able to be employed. For example, working holiday visa holders can generally work at each school for 6 months only. To check visa conditions, visit the Department of Home Affairs.

Visa sponsorship

We are currently offering visa sponsorship to secondary teachers with 2 or more years’ experience, who are from United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and South Africa, when appointed to a regional public school.  These are temporary visas of up to 4 years, which can lead to permanent sponsorship. 

To be considered for sponsorship, secondary teachers can apply to the international teacher pool

Early childhood, primary, and specialist teachers can apply for a range of visas through the Department of Home Affairs.

Visas for graduate teachers
International early childhood, or secondary school teacher graduates who completed their qualification outside of Australia and who hold a temporary graduate visa (subclass 485 – graduate work stream) are eligible to work in public schools.  This visa is suitable if you have completed the qualification within 6 months immediately before applying.

International early childhood, or secondary school teacher graduates who completed their qualification at an Australian university while on a student visa, who hold a temporary graduate visa (subclass 485 – post-study work stream), are eligible to teach in public schools. 

Primary school teachers can confirm their eligibility for visa types with the Department of Home Affairs.
Teacher salaries in WA are among the highest in Australia. They range from $78,397 (AUD) for a graduate teacher to $117,854 for senior teachers. Our outstanding classroom practitioners receive a starting salary of $122,308 as level 3 classroom teachers.

You will also have access to 12 weeks of paid leave per year (school holidays). As well as your salary, you may receive locality and additional allowances as high as $35,000 per year in some regional locations in 2023.

Many regional locations offer free subsided housing and you may also be eligible for generous allowances to:
  • reimburse initial utility connection fees
  • cover wear and tear on furniture
  • subsidise air conditioning, gas and hot water
  • subsidise vacation travel
  • rent essential furniture through our housing program.
Additional benefits and allowances depend on your location. To find out which allowances and benefits apply to your location and school, use our benefits calculator.