Australia offers endless opportunities for teachers and individuals hoping to experience a diverse, exciting, and wondrous home-away-from-home. Whether you are looking to explore world-class beaches with famous surf breaks, get off the grid in the expansive Australian Outback, or kick back and enjoy the endless activities throughout the cities, you’ll discover a one-of-a-kind experience when you teach in Australia. The dozens of highly-accredited and leading universities ensure many quality positions. There is no question about why Australia has become one of the world’s most popular destinations for teachers abroad.
Best Places to Teach in Australia
Australia offers a variety of climates ranging from temperate in the south to desert and tropical as you head north. Therefore, depending on the location of your school and the seasons in which you will teach in Australia, you may need to take care to pack a jumper or sunscreen.
Sydney is the largest city in Australia, with a population of around 4.6 million. Beyond it’s incredibly iconic landmarks, the charming coastal town makes a splash with its its energetic vibes of restaurants and marketplaces. While the city pulses with human life, you could also visit the aquarium and zoo to see some wildlife and get inspiration for classroom games.
Perth is Australia’s largest city on the west coast, and has more hours of sunshine per year than all other Australian cities – providing the perfect motivation for students to take advantage of the gorgeous white sand beaches and friendly atmosphere. This sophisticated city boasts relaxing beaches and surf spots in tandem with its recent developments of Elizabeth Quay and Perth Stadium. The unique city is isolated between the Swan River, Indian Ocean, and the desert.
Cairns is situated on the northern end of the east coast. Known as the “Adventure Capital of Australia,” you can try bungee jumping or whitewater rafting, then take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and visit the many waterfalls in the area. Beyond its adventurous and friendly atmosphere, the thriving nightlife of the city offers a great end to a day of outdoorsy weekend excursions.
Teaching Jobs in Australia
The types of teaching jobs in Australia vary widely. With the right qualifications, you could be tutoring in private schools or leading lessons in university settings.
School Assistant. If you’re a very young adult and not quite ready to lead classes, you can look into being an an assistant for teachers in 6-month or 12-month programs. Under the guidance of the staff, you’ll be involved with extracurricular activities, planning, and other tasks.
TEFL/CELTA Placements. Perhaps you’re an aspiring ESL teacher who’s looking to gain the necessary credentials to launch a career in this field. You can take courses under the close instruction of experienced teachers while exploring Australia in your free time. At the end of the program, they’ll provide you with resources to help you find a job.
Volunteer. Looking to do something rewarding? Teach English in Australia! Work as an assistant teacher in an English Center in refugee centers to children from countries such as Sudan, Somalia, and Afghanistan. You’ll also be assisting with leading activities, getting involved with sports activities and performing arts subjects, and planning and preparing for lessons along the way.
Teacher Salaries in Australia
Compared to European countries and Asian countries, the salary for a teacher in Australia is quite low in proportion to its cost of living. Don’t expect to save much money while you teach in Australia to pay off your debts back home. You can expect to earn between $10-15 per hour in low level classes and about $20 to $35 at higher levels.
Accommodation Options in Australia
Accommodation for teachers can be quite expensive; however, if you do a lot of research ahead of time, you could find a room in a shared house for about $80 a week. Apartments/flats are also options to consider and explore, and they could be between $150 to $230 a week in some places (but expect to pay more in urban areas). Most program fees will cover the cost of accommodation, which is usually group housing or hostels. If the program doesn’t help secure housing arrangements, don’t be afraid to reach out to them for resources.
Visas for Foreign Teachers in Australia
Depending on your citizenship and where in Australia you’ll be teaching, the visa requirements for teaching in Australia will vary. In most cases, you’ll need to have documentation of teaching qualifications. If you’re teaching in Australia for fewer than 90 days, you’ll need to apply for an ETA (electronic travel authority) visa. In all cases, you’ll need a visa before traveling to Australia. Most programs will help you with the process, and GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory can help you get started.
Benefits & Challenges
Teaching in Australia offers you a chance to do something rewarding while also reaping the benefits of being in the Land Down Under. Australia is truly a fusion of ethnic cultures. You can wiggle your toes on white-sand beaches, make friends with a koala, explore the Aboriginal culture, and marvel at colonial architecture.
While English is spoken nearly everywhere, sometimes the dialect in Australia is hard to understand and their mannerisms may seem so different at times. Hang in there and you’ll be in honorary Aussie in no time.
Venture down to the land of open roads and mountainous landmarks to start your adventure teaching in Australia!