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Graduate teacher employment opportunities - WA

All students are required to register with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA) before being considered for employment as a teacher in WA. This includes employment as a teacher at Government, Independent and Catholic schools. Registration with TRBWA can also facilitate registration with equivalent bodies interstate and overseas. For more information on how to apply to TRBWA and how to register with the WA Department of Education, click the link Registering with TRBWA.

There are three main employers of teachers in Western Australia. It is useful to continually check these websites for job opportunities.

Institute for Professional Learning - Graduate Teacher Induction Program

The Institute for Professional Learning supports teachers looking to teach in Western Australian public schools through its Graduate Teacher Induction Program. Participation in the Graduate Teacher Professional Learning Program is a requirement for all graduate teachers employed by the Department of Education WA. “The Graduate Teacher Professional Learning Program provides not only, invaluable information of the registration process, but an opportunity to network, share resources, ideas and experiences with other beginning teachers...teachers who know exactly how you feel! I always left Graduate Modules feeling refreshed, inspired and confident." Kirsty Campbell, WA Beginning Teacher of the Year 2015.

Network Teach  - Unlimited Professional Learning for Trainee Teachers

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Network Teach Inc. is an independent, not for profit and non political education association supporting Western Australia's educators. Trainee Teachers can become members and access all professional learning events for just $10 per year. Click here for more info. Other benefits of membership include:

  • Participation in a collegial, collaborative and dynamic education community
  • FREE or heavily subsidised attendance at all events held throughout the year (during school holiday periods)
  • Teacher Standard aligned certification for all Professional Learning attended
  • Invitations to attend and vote for the future direction of your association
  • Exclusive and early access to all events and conference before being available for general public sale
  • 50% off all 2017 Network Teach Education Conference tickets (Held throughout the year)
  • Invitation to join our Executive Committee who plan and facilitate all Network Teach events
  • Exclusive discounts from Network Teach Inc partners including Abacus Education & Australian Teaching Aids.


Education Job Search Toolkit

Please click here for the Education Job Search Toolkit, to help you prepare CVs and cover letters, designed especially for Education students, by Murdoch's Careers and Employment Centre.

Also useful is the Department of Education's guide to Application Writing for Teachers.This online course will help you find information on where to look for teaching vacancies, how to read an advertisement and resources to help you in writing your application. On completing this course you will be able to:
•identify approaches for preparing a successful application for a teaching position
•consider ways to be competitive for positions
•review your teaching experience to address the three domains
•gain familiarity with the recommended CV and cover letter format.

Remote teaching service - WA

The WA Education Department's Remote Teaching Service recruits both graduate and experienced teachers. Benefits include:

  • Permanency on completion of two years for graduates and non-permanent teachers
  • Rent free housing and fully subsidised relocation costs
  • Locality and financial allowances combined up to $25600 per year
  • Annual travel concessions including return travel to Perth and a main regional centre
  • An additional 10 weeks paid leave on completion of three years, or an additional 22 weeks paid leave on completion of four years.

Click here for more information.

Graduate teacher employment opportunities - QLD

STEM Teaching Scholarships - Queensland Department of Education & Training

The Queensland Department of Education and Training has up to 40 "Step into STEM" Teaching Scholarships available for 2016 to final year undergraduate or post-graduate pre-service teacher education students. Scholarships are valued at up to $25,000 each and are now open to students studying in any Australian University. The scholarships are available to support education students to complete teaching qualifications in science, technology, engineering, industrial technology and/or design (including manual arts), robotics and coding. Employment as a teacher in Queensland is guaranteed following graduation, provided the scholarship recipient meets the Department of Education and Training’s requirements for permanent teacher employment. For full details on this program – guidelines and eligibility criteria, fact sheet, document checklist and how to apply - visit the Queensland Department of Education's website. For inquiries, email scholarships@dete.qld.gov.au or phone 07-3055 2991. Closing Date for 2016 scholarships: Friday 12th February 2016

Salaries & employment prospects

Teaching salaries in Western Australia are among the highest in Australia. Click here for more information about salaries in WA.

Teaching salaries for graduates in Australia overall, are among the highest of all university graduate salaries in Australia, and are on the rise according to annual surveys conducted by Graduate Careers Australia. In 2015, teachers' graduate salaries were ranked 4th highest in Australia, as compared to other university graduate salaries. This is up from being placed 7th in 2014 (see table below).

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In high demand are secondary teachers in science, mathematics, and design and technology. Click here for more information on employment prospects.

International students

The following teaching positions are currently on the Australian Government’s Skilled Occupation List (2015-2016):

  • Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Special Needs Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher

Click here for information on how you can apply to teach and live in Australia.


Volunteering opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: To get volunteering recorded on your academic transcript, students must notify the Murdoch Guild Volunteering Hub and complete an online form. This must be done before any hours are logged with the volunteer organisation. Click here for more info.  The Guild requires a minimum of 40 hours volunteering to be done before being eligible for transcript recognition, and hours can be split across two organisations (miniumum of 15 hours per organisation). For volunteering to be eligible for transcript recognition, it must be with a non-profit organisation.

Perth Children's Hospital (formerly known as Princess Margaret Hospital)

Perth Children's Hospital, which operates a Department of Education school on site, is looking for pre-service teachers to volunteer for the school, in either a secondary or primary teaching assistant capacity. Volunteers need to commit to a minimum of one shift per week each shcool term, for a minimum of one year. Shifts are either mornings (generally 09:00 – 12:00) or afternoons (generally 13:00 – 15:00),  although it is preferred if volunteers can stay for the full day. Teaching programs service 10 specific learning areas and provide specialist educational support for primary and secondary students who are in hospital. Strong partnerships are built with students, parents, enrolled schools, clinical staff, health professionals and volunteers. You will need to obtain a Working with Children Check and police clearance certificate (costs are covered by Perth Children's Hospital), as well as undergo a blood test. More details on the volunteer service here, as well as a downloadable application form can be found here. Training is given and there is a strong, supportive team at the school.

Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)

AIME pairs up Indigenous high school students with volunteer University student mentors who participate in workshops aimed at building the confidence, skills and pride of the high school students to finish school. AIME's goals for all Indigenous students involved in the Program are to increase Year 10 & 12 progression rates and see more students pursue education and training post school. The following workshops are held on Murdoch campus across the months of April to November:

  • Year 9 'Interactive' Core Program: 4 x full-day sessions
  • Year 10 'Leadership' Core Program: 14 x full-day sessions
  • Year 11/12 Leadership and Development Core & Outreach Program: 4 x full-day sessions

To find out more, email the AIME Coordinator at Murdoch campus (located at Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre) on murdochnotredame@aimementoring.com or call 0429 012 758.

For more information, click here or visit www.aimementoring.com

Murdoch Volunteering Hub

The Murdoch Student Guild lists volunteer opportunities on a web listing called Murdoch Volunteering Hub. Find out how volunteering experiences can add value to your degree as well as giving back to the community. Click here for more information. NOTE: The Murdoch Guild Volunteering Hub supports Murdoch student volunteers get recognised for their volunteering no matter how they found their position (ie, whether it is listed on the Guild Hub or not).

The Smith Family Learning Club Tutor

Assist kids develop their literacy and social skills with the Smith Family as a Learning Club Tutor. The Smith Family is a children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves. The Learning Club Tutor provides assistance in the literacy development of students who attend the Learning Club as provided by The Smith Family. The tutor works with a small group of readers (max 3) or on a one to one basis depending on the students’ needs. The typical shift is 1.5hrs a week during school term. For more information click here.

Employment prospects - Secondary

Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Secondary School Teachers is expected to be high (greater than 50,000).

Under the National Curriculum, by 2015 all Year 7 students became enrolled in secondary schools in WA.

Retirements from the workforce are expected to increase over the medium term due to the number of teachers aged older than 60 years.

Click here for more information.

Employment prospects - Primary

Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Primary School Teachers is expected to be high (greater than 50,000).

Employment for this occupation rose moderately in the past five years and rose slightly in the long-term (ten years).

Looking forward, employment for Primary School Teachers to November 2019 is expected to grow moderately.

Click here for more information.

Graduate salaries in WA

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