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Primary School Teacher

Occupation statistics

155,200 primary school teachers in Australia1

35,075 primary school teachers in Victoria (26.6%)2

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$1,3002

Average weekly hours 41.12

View the Job Outlook website for career and labour market research information about this occupation.

Primary School Teacher 

Licensing and registration

Registration is compulsory for classroom teaching in Victoria. Teachers are also required to undergo a police check. For further information, contract:

Victorian Institute of Teaching

PO Box 531
Collins Street West
VIC, 8007, AUS
Telephone:+61 3 8601 5800 or 1300 888 067 (Toll free)
Fax:+61 3 8601 5801


Think about applying for licensing and registration before you arrive in Australia, as the process can take some time.

Industry contacts

Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about teaching in Victoria.

  • The Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) regulates the teaching industry in Victoria. It is responsible for registering teachers, developing professional standards and promoting the industry to the wider community.

Migrating to Victoria

If you are not an Australian citizen you will need a visa to enter Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for all Australian visas.

Some visas require state nomination.  Victoria offers state nomination for eligible skilled migrants and business migrants

Australian skills assessment 

For information on obtaining an Australian skills or qualification assessment, and the licensing or registration requirements for practicing your occupation in Australia, see the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Finding a job

Primary school teachers are mainly employed in the Education and Training industry.2

Job seeker websites

Two popular websites for advertising job vacancies include Seek and CareerOne.

The following websites may be particularly useful for primary school teachers looking for work in Victoria:


We suggest that you only apply for jobs when your visa to live and work in Australia has been issued. The visa application process can take time, and employers are less likely to employ you if you do not know when you will arrive in Australia and do not have a work visa.

For more general information on Victoria’s job market, including where and how to find jobs, and workplace culture, visit our Working and Employment section.

1 Department of Employment's Job Outlook, Primary School Teachers, Prospects. Retrieved 10 October 2013.

2 Department of Employment's Job Outlook, Primary School Teachers, Statistics. Retrieved 10 October 2013. Please note that wages will vary according to your level of skill and qualification. For more information about your wage earning potential, visit the job seeker sites listed under Finding a Job.