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Old Nov 11th 2013, 4:01 pm
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Firstly much thanks to those that have posted info on this forum about teaching and registering in Australia wouldn't have got this far without some of the posts on this site.

I'm currently in Australia on a working visa and have just applied for registration in Queensland with a cert copy of degree, PGCE, CRB statements of service etc and seem to have done a good job as so far I'm heard nothing other then the fact that they have my application which should be processed by the end of January (just in time for the schools to go back hopefully).

In the meantime I am happy living with an old school friend in Cairns and working a poor yet bearable job (no job seems to compare to teaching).

The plan is once sorted is to move to Brisbane and work relief teaching. If I get on well think of applying for more fixed full-time post.

I am a Art and Photography teacher with a good knowledge of teaching music too however I'm also done 2.5 years supply teaching regularly in UK. There isn't much I haven't taught or covered. I have thick skin important in relief work so I'm just hoping the works there. There are a fair few schools in one area of Brisbane so I'm Hopeful I'll get enough to live a very basic existence at first and then maybe even rent.

Questions to those with answers

Is there anything such as a first aid course I need to do once I'm registered with Queensland College of Teachers?

Do I have to register with the DETE such as if I registered with trace? Must I do this in Queensland? how much is it?

Secondly a Visa question.

Obviously I can't get a full-time post on a working visa due to the 6 months with one company rule. What are are my other options if I decide I wish to teach full time? what roots have others taken here?

Another issue I'm getting at here too is why would I get a teaching job over on Aussie? Its been hard enough finding general retail work and I know the stats for unemployment, its shocking. However it took me over 2 years to get my last job so I'm not afraid of a little competition.

I spoke to one teacher in Brisbane from Asia and he gained his visa via studying a masters in teaching gaining him a 1.5 year student visa and a 1.5 year grad visa. Being taught in australia gave him a doorway into a permanent visa.

Working in the outback schools I heard was another brave option for some...

I'm I looking at this in an over complex manner is it really that hard to get a permanent visa as a teacher in Oz let alone a job....
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Firstly much thanks to those that have posted info on this forum about teaching and registering in Australia wouldn't have got this far without some of the posts on this site.

I'm currently in Australia on a working visa and have just applied for registration in Queensland with a cert copy of degree, PGCE, CRB statements of service etc and seem to have done a good job as so far I'm heard nothing other then the fact that they have my application which should be processed by the end of January (just in time for the schools to go back hopefully).

In the meantime I am happy living with an old school friend in Cairns and working a poor yet bearable job (no job seems to compare to teaching).

The plan is once sorted is to move to Brisbane and work relief teaching. If I get on well think of applying for more fixed full-time post.

I am a Art and Photography teacher with a good knowledge of teaching music too however I'm also done 2.5 years supply teaching regularly in UK. There isn't much I haven't taught or covered. I have thick skin important in relief work so I'm just hoping the works there. There are a fair few schools in one area of Brisbane so I'm Hopeful I'll get enough to live a very basic existence at first and then maybe even rent.

Questions to those with answers

Is there anything such as a first aid course I need to do once I'm registered with Queensland College of Teachers?

Do I have to register with the DETE such as if I registered with trace? Must I do this in Queensland? how much is it?

Secondly a Visa question.

Obviously I can't get a full-time post on a working visa due to the 6 months with one company rule. What are are my other options if I decide I wish to teach full time? what roots have others taken here?

Another issue I'm getting at here too is why would I get a teaching job over on Aussie? Its been hard enough finding general retail work and I know the stats for unemployment, its shocking. However it took me over 2 years to get my last job so I'm not afraid of a little competition.

I spoke to one teacher in Brisbane from Asia and he gained his visa via studying a masters in teaching gaining him a 1.5 year student visa and a 1.5 year grad visa. Being taught in australia gave him a doorway into a permanent visa.

Working in the outback schools I heard was another brave option for some...

I'm I looking at this in an over complex manner is it really that hard to get a permanent visa as a teacher in Oz let alone a job....
Hi Toolz and welcome to BE

I'm afraid I don't know anything about what it takes to be a teacher in QLD, but do know a little on the visa options. Secondary School Teacher is on the SOL (eligible for 189 independent PR visa or 190 state sponsored visa - ANZSCO 241411 - assessed by NOOSR /AITSL) and Primary School Teachers on the CSOL (eligible for 190 State Sponsored PR visa - ANZSCO 241213 - same assessors). There is also a class for middle school teachers on the CSOL, and early childhood on the SOL. To be help meet the criteria for skills assessment, you may need to take IELTS

AITSL are here - http://www.aitsl.edu.au/

The CSOL is here (top half is SOL) - http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/gener...n/pdf/csol.pdf

Skill select can give you info on all visas - http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/

On a WHV visa, if you are eligible for the second year, you can do 6 months with an employer on your first visa, and 6 months with the same employer on your second to give you a total of 1 year with the same employer. As permanent positions are hard to come by, you may get a part year contract on either a full or part week basis.

You can of course look for an employer to sponsor you for either a temporary 457 visa, or permanent 186 employer sponsored - but for this you may well have to look at areas that have difficulty recruiting such as remote areas.
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Default Re: Teaching in Queensland Australia process and Visa questions

Thanks for the reply old.sparkles :-). I was looking into the skilled visa direction yesterday and I would qualify as a secondary teacher with over 65 points if I took a IELTS and got even just 10 points from it :-)

I'm in Cairns until my teaching registration processes then I may head down to Brisbane to hit the relief teaching. I've heard competition is tough though so I could even try the supply market in cairns if wanted seeing I'm already here :-) I'll probably get my 88 days done woofing or farm working so I can do my second year working visa until I'm certain its worth the move and there is a job here in my field over here. Its over 5k for the skilled visa and obviously a lot less if I get sponsored. I probably could save that sorta cash if supply was consistent however it may not be worth it if there isn't a job teaching my subject in Queensland so at least my current working visa gives me a taste of if the skilled one is worth its weight.

However on the skilled at least I would be here though when a job finally came up (Along with a big line of other art/creative specialists I'm sure). That's another issue though. Competitions tough in the UK too however at least the standard of living over here is more worth the battle. I'll keep you posted how get on:-)
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