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Secondary School Teacher Career Information

Occupation statistics

156,100 secondary school teachers in Australia1

41,522 secondary school teachers in Victoria (26.6%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$1,3462

Average weekly hours 42.93

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

A secondary school teacher drawing on a whiteboard 

Victoria is currently offering visa nomination for eligible secondary school teachers. To be eligible to apply for nomination, secondary school teachers must meet Victoria's minimum eligibility requirements and address the nomination assessment requirements for the occupation.  See the Occupation Lists for more information.

More detailed information about applying for Victorian Government visa nomination is available in the Visas and Immigration section

Licensing and registration

Registration is compulsory for classroom teaching in Victoria. Teachers are also required to undergo a police check. For further information, please 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, once you have your visa, as the process can take some time.

Industry contacts

Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about secondary school teachers in Victoria.

Finding a job

Secondary school teachers may be employed in either government-run or independent institutions: kindergartens, child care centres, primary and secondary schools or the tertiary sector. Education professionals might also be employed as education officers in museums, galleries or libraries.

Secondary school teachers are employed across several industries including: Education and Training; Public Administration and Safety; Administrative and Support Services; and Arts and Recreation Services.3


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 don’t know when you will arrive in Australia and don’t have a work visa.

To search for Victorian recruiters who specialise in secondary school teachers, visit the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association's Member Index

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

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.

1 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook – Occupation pages – Employment levels. Retrieved April 3 2012 from

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved April 3 2012 from 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 above under Finding a Job

3 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages - Prospects for Employment. Retrieved April 3 2012 from