How to Get a Teaching Job

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Applying for positions

Applying for teaching positions with the Department is easy with Recruitment Online, an interactive online job search and application tool.

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Find vacancies using Recruitment Online

Vacancies in Victorian government schools are open to all qualified applicants and are advertised as they arise through Recruitment Online.

If you are a current-year or recent teacher graduate you should also look for vacancies under:

Tips when applying

Be specific in your application:

  • When responding to any advertised position it is strongly recommended that you submit a specific response to the key selection criteria for the position to enhance the quality of your application.
  • Review details on particular schools and geographical areas. See: Find an Early Childhood Service or School
  • You can contact principals of the schools in which you are interested and discuss possible employment opportunities, including shorter-term and casual positions.

Remember if you limit your availability, you will have to compete for limited vacancies. If you are reasonably flexible in your location preferences and if you are able to consider some rural locations, you will increase your chances of securing a position in a Victorian government school. If you are prepared to seek a position in country schools, or in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, these communities can often assist in finding accommodation and getting you settled. All offer great lifestyles and have relatively easy access to Melbourne.

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Before commencing employment all prospective teachers and all teachers currently employed in Victorian primary, secondary and special education schools must be registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching 

To seek registration with the institute, you need to:

  • be assessed as a fit and proper person
  • provide certified evidence of all qualifications: a full transcript of studies is required, including a translation of any transcripts that are not in English.

To gain registration in Victoria with interstate or overseas qualifications, the institute must assess that you are appropriately qualified. If you have overseas qualifications the institute will also undertake an equivalence assessment of all the qualifications you present. If these qualifications are assessed as not equivalent to the requirements for teachers in Victoria, you will be advised which areas (e.g. practicum time and teaching methods) may need further study, and how to access appropriate courses or course units.

Language competency

Australia’s official language is English and it is therefore a requirement that teachers who are registered to teach in Victorian schools must be competent in both English written and oral communication.

If you have not completed your teacher education qualifications at an Australian institution or in English, you will be required to undertake an English language test. You will not be required to undertake the test until all your qualifications have been assessed and you will then be advised if you need the test by the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

In these instances the institute will accept a certificate or statement in writing of achievement of either of the following:

  • International Secondary Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) of Level 4 in each of the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic: Overall score of 7.5 with the following scores required in each of the skill areas: speaking 8.0, listening 8.0, reading 7.0 and writing 7.0.
  • Professional English Assessment for Teachers (PEAT) test at Band A in each of the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

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Apply for Registration

Victorian Institute of Teaching – English language competency requirements​​

Selection Procedures

Principals of government schools in Victoria are responsible for managing the staffing of their school.

Selection of staff for advertised positions is determined on the basis of merit assessed in relation to the selection criteria, which specify the relevant skills, personal qualities and abilities required for the efficient performance of the position.

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Casual Relief Teaching

Casual relief teaching provides valuable experience in casual or short-term teaching positions in schools.