Teaching in Oz?

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1. Posted by cowie555 (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I am currently a maths teacher in Scotland.

I am hoping to go over to Oz in a WHV basing myself in Melbourne where I have some family.

The hope is that I can find work in the education sector, does anyone foresee this being difficult?

I'd prefer to work in my own profession if possible when I get there,



2. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

As long as your qualifications are compatible (ie. Bachelor) with here then I think you should be ok. I don't know first hand but I'm always hearing how there is a shortage of teachers in this country. I know two teachers, both got employment rather easily after university (one is a primary teacher the other secondary).

If you've got a couple years experience behind your back I'd say you'd be rather employable.

The teaching system is divided by our states. (eg. for Victorian teaching check out http://www.teaching.vic.gov.au/ which seems to give good info for Victorian government schools). Also apparrantly the teaching wages for New South Wales are higher than Victoria, not sure on other states.


3. Posted by cowie555 (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Cheers Erik,

I'll have completed 4 years of teaching by the time I head out in the summer.

I've done a fair bit of research into how I register and looks as though i'll need to get that done asap

Just wanted my mind put at ease,

Thanks again,


4. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Sorry to be a spoilsport yes there is a shortage of teachers, but you should contact department of ed a way before you'll come over. New South Wales and WA are pretty hopeless have to say. The whole progress of registering with dep of ed an Wacot (totally useless organisation introduced in WA couple of years ago) took 6months!!!! So best to start the process early to avoid disappointment and have a proof of your full time employment or you have to start from "scratch" pay wise.
Good luck!