Good day all
I've been meaning to make this post for quite some time.
Here is an explanation for teachers from South Africa who want to teach in Australia. There might be information here and there that might be/might not be applicable to your process. Also, teachers who has been through the process, please feel free to add to this post!
Apply for unabridged birth and marriage certificates.
Complete the Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test through The British council or Language Lab
British Council: http://www.britishcouncil.org.za/ielts
Language Lab: http://www.ihjoburg.co.za/
You have to achieve a score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing and a score of at least 8.0 for Speaking and Listening.
Complete your skills assessment through AITLS (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership).
AITSL is the designated assessing authority for the following skilled occupations under the Skilled Migration Program on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) effective 1 July 2012.
ANZSCO Code Occupations
241111 Early childhood (pre-primary school) teacher
241213 Primary school teacher (CSOL 1 July 2012)
241311 Middle school teacher (CSOL 1 July 2012)
241411 Secondary school teacher
241511 Special needs teacher
241512 Teacher of the hearing impaired
241513 Teacher of the sight impaired
241599 Special education teachers (not elsewhere classified)
Download the application guide and read it thoroughly!!: http://www.aitsl.edu...anuary_2013.pdf
Download the application form and fill it in: http://www.aitsl.edu...nuary_2013.docx
Send in your application form with all the supporting documents to AITSL.
Once you have completed the IELTS and the Skills assessment you can lodge an EOI (Expression of interest) on skillselect.
Because your skill as a teacher in on the SOL, you should apply for the 189 visa and wait for your invitation.
If you however don't have enough points (60 minimum), you can apply for the state sponsored visa 190.
Western Australia: http://www.migration...ponsorship.aspx
Northern Territory: http://www.migration.nt.gov.au/
South Australia: https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/
New South Wales: http://www.business....sored-migration
Australian Capital Territory: http://www.business....illed_migration
Please check the state's eligibility for sponsorship application.
Once you have state sponsorship and an invite from Skillselect, you can start filling in the form for the visa application itself.
Double and triple check all the information on the application form.
Make sure you have supporting documents for all the information on the application!
Submit and pay for the application. You should receive confirmation that the DIAC has received your application and payment.
After a few days, your online application page should change, now you can start uploading all your documents onto the DIAC website.
Make sure all documents are certified properly and clearly. Upload colour scans of your documents.
Apply for police clearance certificates.
There will be a link on your application "Organise health assessment". Click the link, fill in all the information honestly and select a med centre near you to book your medicals.
Your case officer is assigned. You case officer will email you (sometimes they don't!) to let you know what documents he/she still needs and then you sent the outstanding documents directly to them. Each CO is different though, some don't make contact at all. Some contact you from the beginning and answer quickly, others don't.
If your medicals get referred, then you will have to wait about 3 months for them to clear. If they are cleared and all the documents are submitted to the DIAC, it shouldn't be long before you receive that GOLDEN email one morning, presenting you with your visa grant notice!
Once you have your visa, you should register with the Teacher Registration Board in the state that you are planning on moving to.
Western Australia: http://www.trb.wa.go...and-experience/
Northern Territory: http://www.trb.nt.gov.au/registration
South Australia: http://www.trb.sa.ed...egistration.php
New South Wales: http://www.teach.nsw...ntroduction.htm
Australian Capital Territory: http://www.tqi.act.edu.au/registration
Once your application is complete you will receive your registration card in the mail.
If you go for an LSD trip to Australia, apply for your Working With Children Check card at the post office.
Western Australia: http://www.checkwwc.wa.gov.au/checkwwc
Northern Territory: http://www.workingwi...dren.nt.gov.au/
South Australia: Under the Children's Protection Act (Section 8B) people in SA who work in jobs which require regular contact with children are required to obtain police clearance before they commence employment.
New South Wales: http://www.kids.nsw....ren-Check/apply
Tasmania: Currently there are no legal requirements for people working with children to undertake a police check in Tasmania, however, organisations which require employees and/or volunteers to work with children may have their own policies in this regard.
In 2005 the Commissioner for Children Tasmania released a consultation paper discussing proposals for the Government to introduce screening procedures for Tasmanian organisations who want to employ people to work with children.
Australian Capital Territory: http://www.ors.act.g...lnerable_people
If you don't go on an LSD trip, then you should apply for this once you land in Australia.
Look for a job!
Some schools (mostly private schools) will appoint you without the blue card or working with children check card, but then you sign a contract that you will apply for it asap.
Hope I haven't missed something.
Please feel free to comment and add, and I will edit this post and add it!