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  1. Hi All In 2013 I wrote a post on teaching in Australia: The process explained. I updated it again in 2015, but some of those links are outdated and since the post is still helping teachers until this day, I thought I would do an updated version to help everyone out. 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 have been through the process, please feel free to add to this post! Step 1 Apply for unabridged birth and marriage certificates for everyone in the family. Step 2 Complete the Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test through The British Council British Council: http://www.britishcouncil.org.za/exam/ielts 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. Step 3 Complete your skills assessment through AITLS (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership). Application forms can be found on the AITLS website: https://www.aitsl.edu.au/migrate-to-australia Step 4 Once you have completed the IELTS and the skills assessment, you can lodge an EOI (Expression of Interest) on the Skill select website: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/busi/Empl/skillselect If however, you don't have enough points (60 points minimum), you can apply for state sponsorship (which will add 5 points to your EOI). All the information can be found below on the state websites. Just be aware that not all states sponsors teachers but the lists of sponsored occupations change regularly. Western Australia http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-western-australia/how-to-apply-for-state-nomination Northern Territory: http://www.australiasnorthernterritory.com.au/migrate/migrate-to-work/northern-territory-government-visa-nomination/skilled-nominated-visas South Australia: http://www.migration.sa.gov.au/skilled-migrants Queensland: https://migration.qld.gov.au/skilled-visa-options/im-offshore/ New South Wales: https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw/visas-and-immigration/skilled-nominated-migration-190 Victoria: https://liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au/migrate/skilled-migration-visas/skilled-nominated-visa-subclass-190 Tasmania: https://www.migration.tas.gov.au/skilled_migrants/skilled_nominated_visa Australian Capital Territory: http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/portal/migrating/article/skilled-visa-act-nomination/ Step 5 Once you have state sponsorship and an invitation from Skill select, you can start filling in the visa application. Make sure when you are filling in the application form that ALL details are correct especially the dates of the documentation. Double and triple check all is correct and that there are absolutely no mistakes on your application. Also make sure you have all the supporting documents in front of you and ready when submitting the application. Submit and pay for the application. You should receive a confirmation email that your application has been received as well as the payment. Step 6 After submitting your application, the online application page should change, and you can now start uploading all your supporting documents. Make sure all the documents are certified clearly. Upload colour copies. Step 7 Apply for police clearance certificates and go for your medicals. Your application automatically generates a medical form that you can download (which has your unique reference code on it) and you need to take this along to your medical appointment. There should be link such as “Organise health assessment”. Step 8 Your case officer is assigned. Your CO will email you (sometimes they don’t if they don’t require any extra information, so make sure you upload as much supporting documents as possible), to let you know which documents are still outstanding. If your medicals get referred, then you will have to wait for it to get cleared (can take up to 3 months). If they are cleared and no further information is required by the CO, that you will be doing the Pyjama Dance soon when you receive that GOLDEN email one morning. Step 9 Once you have your visa, some states will allow you to register with them. Unfortunately for some states you physically must be in the state to register and might also first need a Working With children check (information in step 11). Please see the individual state information pages for more information. WA: http://www.trb.wa.gov.au/teacher_registrations/Becoming_registered/Pages/default.aspx NT: http://www.trb.nt.gov.au/registration/new-applicants/how-to-apply.html SA: https://www.trb.sa.edu.au/applying-registration QLD: http://www.qct.edu.au/registration/applying-for-registration NSW: https://www.teach.nsw.edu.au/find-teaching-jobs/teaching-qualification-check/apply-for-approval-to-teach VIC: https://www.vit.vic.edu.au/registering-as-a-teacher TAS: https://www.trb.tas.gov.au/Web Pages/Applying for Registration.aspx ACT: https://www.tqi.act.edu.au/teach-in-the-act/Professional-Registration Early childhood teachers (birth to 9 years) MUST apply to have their qualifications approved by ACECQA (http://www.acecqa.gov.au/Assessment-of-equivalent-early-childhood-educator-qualifications) This can be done online and is done quickly. Early Childhood teachers can consider teaching Kindergarten in day care. Check out the following day care companies’ websites. I have found that they are more than willing to give you the opportunity to teach with them. Look for the job title ‘Teacher’ as Educator refers to someone that holds a diploma or certificate III in Education. Goodstart Early Learning - https://careers.goodstart.org.au/search/ YMCA - https://ymca.org.au/get-involved/Pages/Jobs.aspx Great beginnings - https://greatbeginnings.com.au/careers/ There are plenty more and you can just google ‘teacher day care’ or go on Seek.com.au and search for teaching jobs there. Step 11 The Working with children check (not all states call it this) WA: https://workingwithchildren.wa.gov.au/ NT: https://nt.gov.au/emergency/community-safety/apply-for-a-working-with-children-clearance SA: https://screening.dcsi.sa.gov.au/screening-process/types-of-screening/child-related-employment QLD: https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/ NSW: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-working-children-check VIC: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ TAS: http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/working_with_children ACT: https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/1804/~/working-with-vulnerable-people-(wwvp)-registration Step 12 Applying for jobs Applying for jobs from South Africa can be tricky as most if not all schools prefer you to be immediately available for an interview. But don’t stress if you go over without a job. Here are some tips on securing work fast. 1. After you have applied for your Working with children check card (WWCC) as well as your teacher’s registration, print out copies of your resume (see below for tips on resumes), teacher’s registration letter and copies of your WWCC. 2. Do a drop-off of resumes at every single school that you are willing to travel to. Every school has there very own relief teacher application form that you will have to fill in, so take your own pen along. Submit your application along with all your supporting documents. You can also ask to see the relief teacher coordinator, so that you can introduce yourself and leave an impression. 3. You can also register on relief teacher websites and apps (Class cover, Randstad, relief ruler. Smart teachers etc. A google search will help here, as every state has their own cover they use) 4. Update your Seek.com.au and Linked In profile as much as possible. Create an online portfolio if you wish (portfolio gen is good for this). An online portfolio showcases all you proudest moments and best achievements as a teacher. Believe it or not, but this is a very popular method of selling yourself and really works! Make sure you upload the portfolio link into your resume and professional profiles (Seek, LinkedIn) http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/make-your-linkedin-profile-kick-ass.html 5. You can call schools in the day to ask if they are in need of any relief teachers the following day. 6. Wake up early and be ready in the morning so that your voice is not groggy when answering a call for relief work. Sometimes they sms and you can reply that way. 7. Set up a relief teacher pack for yourself, so that you have work to do with the students (fortunately or unfortunately, however you choose to see it, teachers do not expect or even leave you work to complete with the students, so you are left to deliver any work you see fit (within the constraints of the curriculum of course). Google again will be your friend here for relief teacher packs. 8. Once you have done some relief work, schools will offer you longer blocks of work. As permanent positions become available, you may apply and by then the school knows and trusts you and will be more likely to hire you. 9. Apply for jobs on Seek.com.au and on the government jobs websites. 10. If your application has been unsuccessful, always ask for feedback! Some are more general feedback, but some really give you insightful information as to where you went wrong, and you can concentrate on improving your application next time around. Applying for jobs – the cover letter The cover letter will make or break your application. When applying for a job, address the criteria in the job advertisement only! Use the SAO (Situation, Action, Outcome) or STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Response) method as you have to address the Professional Standards for Teachers in your cover letter too. Here is link to an information booklet explaining these methods. I would highly recommend reading up as much as possible about these two methods. https://www.ecu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/636860/Job-applications-information-for-new-ECU-teaching-graduates-Final-update-3.pdf This document also contains links to other websites that will help you learn how to address a cover letter. Here is a link to the professional standards for teachers: https://www.aitsl.edu.au/teach/standards Applying for jobs – the resume http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/careers/what-your-cv-should-look-like/news-story/d46731f52a8597b159ef6e1654c6b29d#sharehash The common mistake we make is that our CV’s are too long and too in depth. As short as possible is key. Have a look at the above link for the perfect CV! Your CV should be tailored to every application. This sounds like hard work but focus only on the information in your CV that the job advert is referring too. All the other information is useless if that is not what the advert is asking for. You can even use the SAO/STAR method in your CV. Please feel free to add any information in the comments that I might have missed and feel free to share your journey with everyone.
  2. Hi everyone I am a Grade 7 mathematics teacher currently working in Pretoria. Can you please explain the difference in teaching in SA to Australia? How many children on average is in a class? Is the curriculum similar to that of South Africa? Thank you again for all the feedback.
  3. Hi all. Would like to know if there is anyone who has registered with the NSW education dept recently. I would like to get this done now as I have been given sponsorship in the Southern inland. Under the 489 visa. I have also registered with the ministry of education, could I use this registration to register with the dept? Any info will help. Thanks in advance.
  4. Hey everyone! My name is Uli and I'm from Cape Town. I have recently decided to move back to Australia permanently, if possible. When I first moved to Australia, I lived in Melbourne, specifically Brunswick. Loved the city, but I was on a Working Holiday Visa and needed to do the mandated 88 days of rural work. I moved to King Island and worked at the King Island Dairy cheese factory. Fantastic cheese and awesome little island! Seems like there were more cows than the estimated 1000 people on the island. I ended up liking the island even more than the city, so I staying there for just about 7 months before travelling Asia. Since then, I've lived in London (didn't like it) and in Vietnam where I worked as an English teacher. I quite enjoy teaching, so I've decided to dedicate myself to that career. I am back in SA now and have applied to get my PGCE done through UNISA next year. This should have been done already but they completely screwed me last year due to the strikes. Anyway, I've got a few question and would love to get some advice from you! Does Australia recognise a PGCE from UNISA? I have searched the forum but the threads only speak about degrees. I currently have a B.Psych degree and can work as a counselor in South Africa. Counselling is on the Skilled Occupation list, so this is another option I have when applying, assuming that I would be recognised as a counselor in Australia too. Does anyone have experience with this? Which option is best or could I apply more than once using the two different routes? I also hold a German passport. Would it be easier applying with that passport or is there no difference? The Australian government seems to like Germans more as Germans are able to go over on the Working Holiday Visa. As for points, I only have 65 at present (I turn 28 tomorrow, superior English, degree). That's assuming I would get a score of or higher than 8 in the IELTS test. I am fairly confident that I'll manage a score of 8 or above as I have taught some IELTS classes. Is the test really that difficult?? I am unsure if they will see my years travelling and working as experience, so I just assumed I'd get a 0 for experience outside of Australia. I also assumed that the time spent working on my Working Holiday Visa doesn't count for anything. Are 65 points enough to be successfully invited to immigrate to Australia? I understand that this depends on the job. After doing some research, I have found that teachers are in high demands. They were, supposedly, the third highest on the list of needed professionals. I am not sure how high up the ladder counselling is. I am quite confused about the whole VATESSESS process? I understand this a skills assessment, but what exactly do you do? Sorry for the long post! Picture taken on King Island
  5. Hi all, Hoping someone could clarify something for me. Early Childhood Educator is on the SOL. According to AITSL website to qualify as an ECE you must be qualified to teach ages 0 - 8. I have my PGCE in Foundation Phase, which qualifies me to teach ages 6 - 9. Would this be considered sufficient to be positively assessed for an Early childhood teacher? Thanks in advance!
  6. HadEnoughofJuju

    Early Childhood Teachers

    Hi everyone, found this while I was trolling Seek for work. Thought it may be useful to someone who may need extra points through sponsorship. Check out this job on SEEK: Teacher early childhood - sponsorship visas - Australia from Randstad - Education - https://www.seek.com.au/job/36080726
  7. Hi All My wife and I are teachers in QLD and we're looking to make the move to WA, probably at the end of this year if things work out. I know it's still early in the year in terms schools' recruitment processes etc. but I thought it a good idea to get the ball rolling ASAP. Ideally we'd like to be in either Perth or at a school/schools outside of Perth (more than happy to live and work 1 - 2 hours away in a smaller location) I'm a secondary teacher with English, Humanities (History/Geog) and HPE. I've had senior sec experience here in QLD and I am currently the school's sports co-ordinator. My wife is a primary teacher and can teach anything from years 3-6. She also has some experience in the middle school (Years 7-9). We're both Permanent Residents. We're not necessarily looking to work at the same school, but would welcome the prospect if it came along. We're also not fussy at all in terms of what type of school we teach in, although Christian or faith based education is something we are most familiar with here in Aus. Ideally we'd like to find a job (for at least one of us) before leaving QLD and thus any advice/contacts/leads etc in terms of finding employment would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone!
  8. Hi All A few years ago I wrote a post on teaching in Australia: The process explained. Some of those links are outdated and since the post is still helping teachers until this day, I thought I would do an updated version to help everyone out. 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 have been through the process, please feel free to add to this post! Step 1 Apply for unabridged birth and marriage certificates. Step 2 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. Step 3 Complete your skills assessment through AITLS (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership). Application forms can be found on the AITLS website: http://www.aitsl.edu.au/assessment-for-migration and must be submitted in hardcopy. Step 4 Once you have completed the IELTS and the Skills assessment you can lodge an EOI (Expression of interest) on skillselect. http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Skil If you however don't have enough points (60 minimum), you can apply for the state sponsored visa 190. State sponsonsorships: Western Australia Northern Territory: South Australia: Queensland: New South Wales: Victoria: Tasmania: Australian Capital Territory: Please check the state's eligibility for sponsorship application. Step 5 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 DIBP has received your application and payment. Step 6 After a few days, your online application page should change, now you can start uploading all your documents onto the DIBP 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. Step 7 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 DIBP, it shouldn't be long before you receive that GOLDEN email one morning, presenting you with your visa grant notice! Step 8 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 Northern Territory South Australia Queensland New South Wales Victoria Tasmania Australian Capital Territory Once your application is complete you will receive your registration card/letter in the mail. Step 9 Early Childhood teachers... apply to have your qualifications assessed through ACECQA to be able to teach in this field. You can start applying for jobs while still in South Africa, you won't necessary hear back as there are so many applicant applying. Early Childhood teachers can have a look at getting a job at a daycare centre for a start. School teachers, it is preferred that you are in Australia when applying. Applying for jobs Most private schools advertise on Seek.com.au and all the specifics of the position will be on the advertisement. For government schools, have a look at each state's gov website. Application writing can be tricky but there are guides available on the gov websites to help you. Only put relevant information in your resume regarding your field. Don't waste space on useless information. Seek.com.au also have great tips on resume and cover letter writing. Western Australia Northern Territory South Australia Queensland New South Wales Victoria Tasmania Australian Capital Territory Step 10 Apply for your Working With Children Check card at the post office, you need a school to sign this application for you before you can apply. Western Australia Northern Territory 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. A National Police Certificate application form is available from the South Australian Police Department. Queensland New South Wales Victoria 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 A few extras Some teaching positions require you to have a supervisor certificate. Here is the link to the application Good luck everyone.
  9. Hey team Asking for my little brother-in-law. What are the options for a South African who has just finished their BA degree and wants to become an English teacher, teaching in Australia. Post grad degree / diploma not yet done. Busy investigating possible options. 1. Study post grad in SA apply after (problem, he is not young) 2. Study the postgrad in Aus through Aus university, so apply for study visa and then PR / regional sponsored thereafter (benefit can actually work during this time and earn some cash) 3. Study the postgrad in Aus via UNISA, so apply for a holiday visa or similar. 4. Any other options you can think of This young man has had a long run of crappy luck. He never lived up to his full potential. He has been working his arse off at a job he hates to put himself through university. If we could get him here, I think we could really help him on the path to a happy life. Any advice welcome.
  10. Hey team Asking for my little brother-in-law. What are the options for a South African who has just finished their BA degree and wants to become an English teacher, teaching in Australia. Post grad degree / diploma not yet done. Busy investigating possible options. 1. Study post grad in SA apply after (problem, he is not young) 2. Study the postgrad in Aus through Aus university, so apply for study visa and then PR / regional sponsored thereafter (benefit can actually work during this time and earn some cash) 3. Study the postgrad in Aus via UNISA, so apply for a holiday visa or similar. 4. Any other options you can think of This young man has had a long run of crappy luck. He never lived up to his full potential. He has been working his arse off at a job he hates to put himself through university. If we could get him here, I think we could really help him on the path to a happy life. Any advice welcome.
  11. HI Everyone Can someone please confirm if AITSL still have a web address where you can check the status of your assessment for migration application? The address i have found on this forum does not exist. Many thanks. Jared
  12. Hi Everyone, Has Aitsl removed the site to check your status of the application for a qualification assessment for migration? Please can someone let me know. Assessment been in for 11 weeks and no word from them yet!!! Thank you. Jared
  13. Hi everyone I am in the process of applying for a 189 as a secondary school teacher. I would like to clarify what immigration will regard as: "closely related skilled occupation" in this field. I've worked as a secondary school teacher for 4 years and I am currently involved in teacher training at a University (for the past 4+ years). Does anyone know whether my current experience will also be taken into consideration when applying as a teacher? It will make a difference between getting 5 or 15 points. TIA, Anne
  14. Hi to all! My wife, Daughter and I are getting ready for the massive life changing move, and off course, with that, comes many doubts and even more questions. we don't currently have too many questions on the visa application itself and trust the process while using an established agent to guide us through all the steps. The biggest concern off course is the unknown. Where will we end up? will the cost of living surprise us and make us live a poor life, even after all the online research and budgeting? Have we missed any important financial elements while budgeting that will surprise us when we arrive, is this a mistake leaving what we know and our extremely close family etc etc. All very daunting if you are not 100% positive. But all we have to do is look at our 3 year olds face and we know that what we are doing is exactly the right thing. The immediate advise we are seeking from anyone who can help is more about the current job market in Melbourne or Perth areas. We have chosen these two areas purely because we have friends and Family in both areas for a support base. I am currently leaning more towards Melbourne at the moment and looking at residential areas around 10 km out of the city for more affordable rental options. Have had a look at areas such as Balwyn, Camberwell, Ivanhoe, Essendon and Glen Waverly as we have heard there are many good school in these areas for our daughter and perhaps work for my wife. My wife will be the primary applicant applying on her secondary school qualification under the short skills 189 visa. She would however, once the visa has been granted, prefer to continue working in Primary schools as this is where most of her experience and passion lies. Hence the reason I am reaching our for advice from any current teachers in these areas for information on how the job market is currently for Primary school teachers and any other advise that can assist us in planning interviews on our first visa activation trip. This is is the scariest part for us, securing employment before completely packing up. I am a regional sales manager for the PVC pipe and fittings manufacturing industry currently supplying the civil, mining, building and agricultural industry and will also have to find something as soon as possible. Any advice on how the market is on Sales type jobs would also be much appreciated. Apologies for the long winded intro and all the questions, but just chucking it out there and who knows what great advise we might receive. Looking forward to chatting with you all on the extremely helpful and kind forum. Shaun.
  15. 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! Step 1 Apply for unabridged birth and marriage certificates. Step 2 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. Step 3 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) Applying: Download the application guide and read it thoroughly!!: http://www.aitsl.edu.au/verve/_resources/AITSL_Assesssment_Application_Guide_-_January_2013.pdf Download the application form and fill it in: http://www.aitsl.edu.au/verve/_resources/AITSL_Assessment_Application_Form_-_January_2013.docx Send in your application form with all the supporting documents to AITSL. Step 4 Once you have completed the IELTS and the Skills assessment you can lodge an EOI (Expression of interest) on skillselect. http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/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. State sponsonsorships: Western Australia: http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/skilledmigration/Pages/HowtoapplyforStateSponsorship.aspx Northern Territory: http://www.migration.nt.gov.au/ South Australia: https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/ Queensland: http://www.workliveplay.qld.gov.au/content0544.html?id=3703 New South Wales: http://www.business.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw/visa-and-migration/skilled-sponsored-migration Victoria: http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/visas-and-immigrating/state-nomination Tasmania: http://www.migration.tas.gov.au/skilled Australian Capital Territory: http://www.business.act.gov.au/grants-and-assistance/advice_and_support/skilled_migration Please check the state's eligibility for sponsorship application. Step 5 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. Step 6 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. Step 7 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! Step 8 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.gov.au/registration/applicants-with-overseas-qualifications-and-experience/ Northern Territory: http://www.trb.nt.gov.au/registration South Australia: http://www.trb.sa.edu.au/registration.php Queensland: http://www.qct.edu.au/registration/overseas.html New South Wales: http://www.teach.nsw.edu.au/grp/application/a-introduction.htm Victoria: http://www.vit.vic.edu.au/registration/apply-for-registration/Pages/OverseasQual.aspx Tasmania: http://www.trb.tas.gov.au/Web%20Pages/Applying%20for%20Teacher%20Registration.aspx Australian Capital Territory: http://www.tqi.act.edu.au/registration Once your application is complete you will receive your registration card in the mail. Step 9 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.workingwithchildren.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. A National Police Certificate application form is available from the South Australian Police Department. Queensland: http://www.ccypcg.qld.gov.au/bluecard/index.html New South Wales: http://www.kids.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/New-Working-With-Children-Check/apply Victoria: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ 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.gov.au/community/working_with_vulnerable_people If you don't go on an LSD trip, then you should apply for this once you land in Australia. Step 10 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!
  16. JoByron

    Teaching CV, etc in WA

    Hi all We have just arrived in WA and are 6 days in... I am a teacher so I was wondering if it is necessary to have a new resume / cv written or can I just take advice from the DoE's site for this? I am living in a very small town 5 hours south of Perth so am hoping for some relief teaching so that I can get used to the new terminology and curriculum here. Any advice? Thanks in advance, Jo
  17. Hi All, I have been in contact with a few AMAZING SAAus members who have been so helpful, but I thought I would open these question up to all teachers in an attempt not to overload those awesome SAAus members with a million questions I have a BCom degree and am busy with my PGCE (Foundation Phase and Early Childhood Development) through Unisa. On the AITSL application form it states "Study assessed by AITSL as comparable to at least four years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education (university) level study in Australia, that results in a qualification/s comparable to the educational level of an Australian bachelor degree or higher." Now my question is, would a Bachelor's degree in SA (which is three years) be the same as a Australian Bachelor? Then the next section states (I'm sure you've all read this numerous times, but I will paste it anyways) "An initial teacher education qualification relevant to the Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) teacher occupation of at least one year full-time study (or part time equivalent) at the higher education (university) level that includes a minimum of 45 days of supervised teaching practice with students across the ages of 3 and 8 in education programs prior to and in to the early years of primary school." Like I said I'm doing my PGCE (FDP & ECD) through Unisa. Will I need to get practical experience through both a primary school (Grade R - 3) and a childcare center for ages 3 - 5? The teaching prac for the PGCE only covers primary school from what I've been told. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I want to make sure that I do everything correctly so that I don't hit any huge speed bumps when application time arrives. Thanks!! Robyn
  18. Hi guys! I have a questions for teachers who are currently in WA. I have sent through all my docs and registration forms to WATRB. How long does the assessment and registration take? And what about the Working with children check? I know I can only do it in person, but can I at all apply for teaching positions without this card? Cause this seems highly impossible, but I know of some teachers who were able to get a job from RSA and then only apply for the WWCC card once they arrive. We land in Perth on the 2nd of Jan 2014. Any advice would be helpful.
  19. This is a great initiative that I'm sure will be of use to South African teachers coming to Oz or Saffers with kids who have just started school or who will be starting school soon. It's a series of videos that offer these parents advice on modern teaching methods and what is expected of parents these days. So much has changed over the years and Australian has some different teaching methods like Montessori and the Walker method. My boy is 8 and find it quite different to when I was at school https://www.youtube.com/user/LearnEarly
  20. Hi everyone I've run into a bit of a problem trying to get my qualifications assessed by AITSL. I have a postgraduate certificate in education from UNISA. They approve of the qualification but because I had experience before I started my PGCE I was exempted from the teaching practicals and AITSL wants me to have physically done them. The lady who I spoke to said that a few teachers in the same situation as me had applied and were turned down. I'm curious to know if any of those people are here and what they did about this situation?
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