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Old Jan 30th 2019, 11:47 am
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My name is Grace and I am currently in the second year of my BSc (Hons) speech and language therapy degree. I am aware that this degree translates to Australia, however, I am unsure if there is any extra training e.g. dysphagia that must be completed before I can join the Speech pathologists Australia and be considered for a job on completion of my degree.

Myself and my partner (soon to be wife) are looking to move to the Perth area or somewhere in Western Australia once I have qualified in 2020. She will be a qualified English secondary school teacher and will have completed her NQT and RQT years prior to us applying for our visas.

Any help or advice regarding either of our professions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance
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Old Jan 31st 2019, 12:31 am
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Can't help with specifics, but AHPA has this info, and a link to SPA at the bottom of the page (SPA are the relevant skills assessment body for your area of specialisation), who should be able to help with additional requirements: https://ahpa.com.au/our-members/spee...ogy-australia/

Here is the current SOL listing your profession as in demand - this list can change without much warning: https://archive.homeaffairs.gov.au/t...d-stsol-mltssl

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I cannot comment about speech pathologists but secondary teachers are in oversupply in Western Australia at the moment, and this is particularly true for English teachers and in Perth. Her odds of finding employment quickly in Perth or one of the nicer regional areas of WA are poor.

To teach in Western Australia, your wife needs to have teacher registration in Western Australia. Each Australian state/territory has its own teacher registration board (for migration purposes she may also need to go through AITSL).

From the looks of it, your wife will be unable to qualify for initial or full registration and will have to apply for non-practising registration (the name is misleading, she can still teach with non-practising registration with some caveats and extra procedures):

TRB - Overseas qualified teachers

TRB - Non-Practising Registration

It would be beneficial for her to call TRBWA and discuss circumstances and requirements, particularly about final teaching practicums which should be 45 days long. Some overseas teachers have run into serious problems over that.

Don't expect Australian schools to know anything about NQT and RQT. TRBWA may not either until you get on the phone someone who deals with registering overseas qualified teachers.
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Thanks all, I shall look further into it especially for secondary school teachers as we did not realise it may be difficult to secure a position in that role. My partner also has a masters degree in a relevant field and will have been teaching in a school for 2-3 academic years by the time we look to move. However, I do understand that as she has never taught in an Australian school before then she would have to look at the other option. Would substitute/agency working be a better option for both of us initially?

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Relief will be the way to go, but that will still be very slow going. You are competing not just against the hundreds and hundreds of graduate teachers floating around who can't get jobs (a number that expands by leaps and bounds each year - the teacher training institutes in Western Australia pump out far more grads than positions available), but for positions also with all of the teachers in the bush who want to transfer into the city . . . and those teachers and graduates, have either Australian training and/or Australian experience, and local referees who can attest to it.

You should probably give a look to Victoria, which has a much stronger job market for teachers in and around Melbourne, and the private school sector there often is looking for teachers.

Regardless your first priority should be the visa and registration, and that phone call I alluded to earlier, which you should make soon.
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My partner previously lived in WA as a child so we were hoping to live there and haven't really considered elsewhere. Thank you for the advice, we will definitely be in touch with those you have advised. The job market for teachers could be considered the same or more severe over in the UK at the minute too due to number of graduates and applicants per position. We will stay optimistic!
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I am an SLPA in the US. I am on facebook a lot and one of groups I am a member of is speech pathologists at large. You may want to join that group and ask your questions about being an SLP in Australia. Also there is a reciprocity agreement with US, UK and Australia which you may want to look at.. Good luck.
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