Teach English in Australia

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Kirsten Colquhoun
February 6, 2024

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Introduction
Teaching opportunities
Teaching requirements
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How to begin teaching in Australia

What an intriguing country! From kangaroos to koalas, Bondi to barbecue, surfing to Sydney, Australia is a country of great beauty, interesting culture and fantastic opportunities.

Australia is a surfer’s paradise, a heaven for the adventurous and a haven for culture lovers. One day you could be soaking up the sun on one of the many gorgeous beaches on the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast, the next you could be enjoying a tour of the Sydney Opera House.

You could go road tripping to Margaret River to enjoy one of Australia’s best food and wine destinations or you could be scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. And let’s not forget the breathtaking sight of Uluru at sunset.

The history of the aboriginal people is an important part of this culture and is apparent in its traditional food, music and festival.

Teaching opportunities

The TEFL sector is strong in Australia and there are plenty of job opportunities for teachers, especially in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. However, rules and regulations are strict here so you’ll need to be qualified and preferably experienced. There are loads of private language schools and, due to visa restrictions for many nationalities, a constant flow of teachers, so there are always vacancies. However, the very nature of language schools means that you are paid an hourly rate and your hours may vary month to month.

The state runs the Adult Migrant Education Program and the Department of Technical and Further Education runs English courses for permanent Australian residents with non-English-speaking backgrounds. You might find yourself teaching children, adult migrants, indigenous people or international students from all over the world.

Are you looking for a position in a place where the people are friendly, the weather is good and the pay is generous? Look no further than Australia.

Teaching requirements in Australia

A degree is required to work in Australia, and the typical contract length is 3 months, with peak hiring seasons year-round, particularly in July.

A work permit is required for foreign workers, and the average monthly cost of living is between AUSD 1,500 – AUSD 2,000. The average monthly salary for professionals in Australia is between AUS 2,500 – AUSD 4,000.

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How to begin teaching in Australia

What an intriguing country! From kangaroos to koalas, Bondi to barbecue, surfing to Sydney, Australia is a country of great beauty, interesting culture and fantastic opportunities.

Australia is a surfer’s paradise, a heaven for the adventurous and a haven for culture lovers. One day you could be soaking up the sun on one of the many gorgeous beaches on the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast, the next you could be enjoying a tour of the Sydney Opera House.

You could go road tripping to Margaret River to enjoy one of Australia’s best food and wine destinations or you could be scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. And let’s not forget the breathtaking sight of Uluru at sunset.

The history of the aboriginal people is an important part of this culture and is apparent in its traditional food, music and festival.

Teaching opportunities

The TEFL sector is strong in Australia and there are plenty of job opportunities for teachers, especially in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. However, rules and regulations are strict here so you’ll need to be qualified and preferably experienced. There are loads of private language schools and, due to visa restrictions for many nationalities, a constant flow of teachers, so there are always vacancies. However, the very nature of language schools means that you are paid an hourly rate and your hours may vary month to month.

The state runs the Adult Migrant Education Program and the Department of Technical and Further Education runs English courses for permanent Australian residents with non-English-speaking backgrounds. You might find yourself teaching children, adult migrants, indigenous people or international students from all over the world.

Are you looking for a position in a place where the people are friendly, the weather is good and the pay is generous? Look no further than Australia.

Teaching requirements in Australia

A degree is required to work in Australia, and the typical contract length is 3 months, with peak hiring seasons year-round, particularly in July.

A work permit is required for foreign workers, and the average monthly cost of living is between AUSD 1,500 – AUSD 2,000. The average monthly salary for professionals in Australia is between AUS 2,500 – AUSD 4,000.

Start your TEFL journey with The TEFL Academy

Would you like to teach English as a foreign language around the world? Great! You’re in the right place. The TEFL Academy provides the very best in accredited TEFL courses, meaning your qualification is recognised throughout the world. The TEFL Academy is the world’s leading TEFL course provider. We can help you acquire the skills needed to teach English as a foreign language. Check out our TEFL internships, volunteer placements and the thousands of jobs on our exclusive TEFL jobs board.

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