Is now a good time to take your teaching career to Australia? As Australia reopens its borders and introduces visa incentives, now could be the perfect time to teach in Australia. Below, we outline some key considerations when making the move to teach in Australia.
A visa to teach in Australia
To enter Australia, you will need an appropriate visa. Below, we outline the main visa types available to those wishing to live and work Down Under.
Australian Working Holiday
A popular option due to the low cost and fast processing times, the working holiday visa allows you to live and work in Australia for up to 3 years. From 19 January 2022, visa holders can work for the same employer for more than 6 months, without requesting permission.
Over the next 12 weeks, the Australian government will provide a visa fee rebate for WHM (Working Holiday Makers). WHM who travel to Australia and arrive between 19 January 2022 and 19 April 2022 will be refunded the visa fee ($495) for WHM visa application. The refund applies to both current offshore visa holders and new applicants who arrive within that period.
A skilled visa (subclass 189, 190 and 491) is suitable for those wanting to live in Australia permanently. This visa takes around 12 months to process, considering the different processes involved, and will cost around £3000. Depending on the subclass applied for, you will become a permanent resident of Australia or have a viable pathway to do so. You must be under the age of 45 at the time of invitation to apply for a skilled visa. You do not require an Australian job offer for this visa type.
Seek advice from a migration agent via our free skilled visa assessment.
Some Australian employers may be willing to offer you a job and sponsorship. An employer sponsored visa allows you to temporarily live in Australia whilst working for your nominated employer. You must first find an employer to sponsor you before applying for the visa.
Additional pathways could include a partner visa or student visa. You can learn more about these options on our website. For most Australian visas, applicants must not have any substantial medical or criminal issues.
The Government recently announced a temporary relaxation of working hours for student visas. This allows students to work more than 20 hours per week.
Teaching opportunities in Australia
Once your visa is granted you can turn your attention to securing a teaching job. If you are on a working holiday visa throughout 2022, you will have the usual option of doing casual relief teaching (supply/subbing/temp) or looking into securing a contract role.
For those on long term visas, the options are open. It can be a great idea to try some early childhood services or schools out first through casual work. However you may prefer to get straight into a role and have full ownership over the class/es you teach. The teaching opportunities in Australia are plentiful, and seeking advice from a recruiter such as ANZUK Education can be helpful.
Camille at ANZUK Education agrees that now is a great time to teach in Australia!
“Over the past couple of years we have seen an increased demand for teaching professionals in Australia. This includes casual teachers and teachers in contract and ongoing roles across Australia. We work with early childhood services and schools throughout the East Coast of Australia in metropolitan and regional areas. If you are looking for a change, now is the time to pack your suitcase and start your Aussie adventure.” Camille at ANZUK Education
You find out more at: https://anzuk.education/
Secondly, you can check our latest events – including specific webinars for teachers – on our website.