Seeking employment within NSW
Within NSW different systems operate that allow education graduates to find work within schools. Public schools employ the largest number of graduates but there are also good employment opportunities with independent schools and religious-based organisations such as the Catholic Education Office and Christian Community Schools.
All students: All graduating students must register with the New South Wales Institute of Teachers (NSWIT)
To obtain approval to work as a casual, temporary or permanent teacher in NSW you need to apply to the NSW Institute of Teachers for a Statement of Eligibility for Accreditation to Teach. The institute will assess your qualifications to determine the teaching subject(s) you are qualified to teach in NSW public schools.
How to register
• Fill an application out online and send in supporting documentation for assessment to the NSW Institute of Teachers (NSWIT) as requested.
• Following your application for a Statement of Eligibility your teacher profile will be set up.
• Details of your completed qualification will be uploaded and attached to your profile.
NSWIT will send you an email acknowledging your eligibility for accreditation to teach in NSW and advice on what subjects you will be approved to teach. This advice will then be forwarded to your chosen employer. The employer will use this information to make an accreditation decision and notify the NSWIT as to whether or not you have been successful in your application.
If you have outstanding units of study to complete, your eligibility for accreditation will be withheld until results of your additional units are sent to the NSWIT. It is your responsibility to notify the NSWIT of completion of qualifications – you must ensure you send a certified copy of your final transcript.
**There are additional requirements for overseas trained teachers. If English is not your first language you may be required to submit the results of a recent English competency test such as PEAT or IELTS. (Please click here for more information)
Detailed below are the processes involved when applying to teach in one of the three sectors (Governemnt, catholic or independent)
Option 1: Government and public schools
Step 1: Register with NSW Institute of Teachers (NSWIT)
Step 2: Apply online**(this can be done while you are registering with the NSW Institute of Teachers)
**Apply when you are enrolled in your final two semesters of your teacher education course. This applies to part-time and full-time students.
Note: When entering your location preferences for employment consult the Organisation of public schools in NSW by staffing area and the School Locator
Step 3: Organise an interview
When you have submitted your online application and your qualifications have been checked, you will receive an invitation via email to book a ‘personal suitability for teaching’ interview.
Step 4: Await approval to teach**
If your application is successful, you will be notified by email with a copy of your approval to teach. Your approval to teach allows you to work as a teacher in NSW public schools.
** Your approval to teach will lapse if you have a break from teaching in NSW public schools for a period of 5 years.
Once you have completed step 2 and have submitted your online application you may apply for teaching jobs that suit you. If you are the recommended applicant for the position, your appointment will be subject to successful completion of our recruitment requirements.
Important: Only Australian residents are eligible for permanent employment in NSW public schools. Non-residents on a working holiday visa may be approved to work as a casual or temporary teacher.
Option 2: Applying at the Catholic Education Commission Offices (CEO) dioceses for Catholic Education systemic schools in NSW
Step1: Register with NSWIT
Step 2: Register as a casual teacher
To apply for work in a NSW (CEO) school please click here (PDF) to print off and complete the form to register as casual teacher in NSW.
Any other relevant forms can be found here.
Step 2: Collate required documentation
Download the documents to be read in conjunction with your application (found here) and fill out where required.
Step 3: Organise an interview
After you have submitted your application and required documentation, you will need to attend a registration interview.
Step 4: Applying for jobs
Successful applicants will be given a casual card with a number that allows them to apply for positions advertised on the CEO website.
Option 3: Independent Schools of NSW
Step 1: Register with NSWIT
Step 2: Apply for jobs
Current job vacancies in independent schools may be found on the specific school’s website or in local newspapers. It is also advisable to approach the specific schools you are interested in with a tailored CV.
Most Australian states and territories require teachers to be registered or accredited with their states educational regulatory body.
Information on recognition arrangements and links to interstate institutes for recognised interstate initial teacher education programs are available here
Opportunities to teach overseas will be posted on this website as they are received
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