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.
Visa sponsorship and relocation support opportunities exist for trained teachers with 2 or more years of qualified teaching experience (gained in the past 5 years) from the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Canada or South Africa, to work in regional schools. Teachers from New Zealand are also eligible for relocation support, to work in our regional schools.
Find out what it’s like to live and teach in one of our 8 education regions.
Upcoming online events
We’d like to invite teachers from the UK, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Canada and New Zealand to learn more about teaching in Western Australia. Register for one of our upcoming live chat events that run from 17:00 to 18:00 AWST:
- Apply to teach in a WA public school
- Recognised qualifications and eligibility
- Working rights and visa options
- Salary and allowances
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 fixed-term opportunities 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 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.
Teachers with 2 or more years of qualified teaching experience (gained in the past 5 years) from the United Kingdom, the Republic of 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:
- attached to your spouse or partner’s employment
- a bridging visa while you apply for independent permanent residency
- working holiday visas, such as the working holiday visa (subclass 417) and work and holiday visa (subclass 462).
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.
There are visa sponsorship opportunities for teachers with 2 or more years of qualified teaching experience (gained in the past 5 years), who are from the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Canada and South Africa, when appointed to a regional public school. These are temporary visas of up to 4 years (2 years for primary teachers), which can lead to permanent sponsorship.
To be considered for sponsorship, education support, early childhood, primary and secondary teachers can apply to the international teacher pool.
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.
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.
Live and teach in WA
Our public schools are located across eight education regions and offer endless opportunities to live and teach in Western Australia.
Qualified teachers – UK, Republic of Ireland, Canada and South Africa
Relocation support and visa sponsorship options are available for teachers who are citizens of these countries to teach in regional WA public schools.