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Submit your application to teach in Queensland

So, you're ready to begin your teaching career in a Queensland state school – we look forward to having you!

This portal is the central point for all applicants seeking teacher employment in our state schools. Depending on where you’re at in your teaching career, the application process might look slightly different.

To make things simpler, we’ve split it into the three common scenarios. Select the options below.

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I'm a preservice teacher beginning my teaching career

You're close to graduation and preparing for a long and rewarding teaching career.

The first step for every aspiring teacher is to submit an application in our teacher recruitment pool. Although being in this pool doesn't guarantee employment, it does mean you can be considered for upcoming positions as they arise.

We accept applications all year.

However, we recommend graduates lodge your application as early as possible in the year you are completing your qualification. This ensures you can be considered for early offers of employment.

If you've graduated or you're in your final year of study, follow these steps to apply.

  • Step 1
    Submit your application for teacher employment

    Download and complete the application form

    As part of your application, you'll also need to provide the following supporting documentation, certified by a Justice of the Peace or an authorised witness:

    • Formal qualification/s
    • Academic transcript (unofficial academic transcript for graduate applicants)
    • Statements of service and/or verifiable teaching experience
    • Identification documents – i.e. birth certificate or passport and if applicable, working visa, marriage or change of name certificate

    You can submit your completed application form and supporting documentation via the online application form.

  • Step 2
    Apply for teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT)

    All teachers in Queensland state and non-state schools must hold teacher registration with the QCT. We'll ask for your registration number on our application form, however graduates can still submit an application with us prior to obtaining one (just make sure you're eligible for registration – you can provide your number at a later date).

  • Step 3
    Search and apply for relevant opportunities

    Once we have processed your employment application, a member of our Teacher Applicant Centre (TAC) team will send you a confirmation email and provide you with an identification number. If we need anything more from you, we'll get in touch.

    Now that we have accepted your application and provided you with an identification number your details will be provided to Principals and recruitment teams as vacancies become available. Additionally from time to time we advertise hard-to-fill vacancies on the Queensland Government Smart Jobs and Careers website. At this point, you're welcome to also submit an application for individual vacancies via the Smart Jobs site.

    To expand the number of opportunities available to you, you might consider:

I'm an experienced teacher / returning to teaching

Experienced teachers can apply for teacher employment with us at any time throughout the year. Although being in this pool doesn't guarantee employment, it does mean you can be considered for upcoming positions as they arise.

Please follow these steps to apply.

  • Step 1
    Submit your application for teacher employment

    Download and complete the application form

    As part of your application, you'll also need to provide the following supporting documentation, ensuring they're certified by a Justice of the Peace or an authorised witness:

    • Formal qualification/s
    • Academic transcript
    • Statements of service and/or verifiable teaching experience
    • Identification documents – i.e. birth certificate or passport and if applicable, working visa, marriage or change of name certificate

    You can submit your completed application form and supporting documentation via the online application form.

  • Step 2
    Apply for teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT)

    All teachers in Queensland state and non-state schools must hold teacher registration with the QCT. If you're returning to teaching and don't have registration or recency of practice, you might be eligible to apply for renewal. Check out the QCT renewal page to learn more.

    We'll ask for your registration number on our application form, however you can still submit an application with us prior to obtaining one (just make sure you're eligible for registration – you must provide your number prior to starting employment).

  • Step 3
    Search and apply for relevant opportunities

    Once we have processed your employment application, a member of our Teacher Applicant Centre (TAC) team will send you a confirmation email and provide you with an identification number. If we need anything more from you, we'll get in touch.

    At this point, you're welcome to search and apply for vacancies that become available.

    To expand the number of opportunities available to you, you might consider:

    • updating your CV
    • setting up a job alert on SmartJobs
    • applying for jobs advertised on SmartJobs or LinkedIn (although many roles are filled through our teacher recruitment pool, some may still be advertised on SmartJobs for specific needs.)
    • attending our next career fair
    • connecting with our regional recruiters to let them know you're looking
    • checking out the map of our schools for regional locations and contacting principals directly.

I'm an interstate or international teacher moving to Queensland

So, you've decided to move to sunny Queensland and expand your teaching career. We look forward to welcoming you!

You can apply for teacher employment with us at any time throughout the year. Although being in this recruitment pool doesn't guarantee employment, it does mean you can be considered for upcoming positions as they arise.

* If you're still pondering whether a move here is right for you, you can learn more about teaching in Queensland on our Relocating to Queensland page and get in touch with our team.

Otherwise, committed relocators - please follow these steps to apply.

  • Step 1
    Submit your application for teacher employment

    Download and complete the application form

    As part of your application, you'll also need to provide the following supporting documentation, ensuring they're certified by a Justice of the Peace or an authorised witness:

    • Formal qualification/s
    • Academic transcript
    • Statements of service and/or verifiable teaching experience
    • Identification documents – i.e. birth certificate or passport and if applicable, working visa, marriage or change of name certificate

    You can submit your completed application form and supporting documentation via the online application form.

  • Step 2
    Apply for teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT)

    All teachers in Queensland state and non–state schools must hold teacher registration with the QCT. As an interstate or international teacher, you don't need to have registration when you first apply with us, but you must meet eligibility criteria.

    We'll ask for your registration number on our application form, however you can still submit your application prior to obtaining one.

    Depending on where you're coming from, you may be able to apply for mutual recognition of your current teacher registration.

  • Step 3
    Search and apply for relevant opportunities

    Once we have processed your employment application, a member of our Teacher Applicant Centre (TAC) team will send you a confirmation email and provide you with an identification number. If we need anything more from you, we'll get in touch.

    At this point, you're welcome to search and apply for vacancies that become available.

    To expand the number of opportunities available to you, you might consider:

    • updating your CV
    • setting up a job alert on SmartJobs
    • applying for jobs advertised on SmartJobs or LinkedIn (although many roles are filled through our teacher recruitment pool, some may still be advertised on SmartJobs for specific needs.)
    • attending our next career fair
    • connecting with our regional recruiters to let them know you're looking
    • checking out the map of our schools for regional locations and contacting principals directly.

    If you're an interstate teacher, you may be eligible for the Interstate Teacher Recruitment Program, so be sure to check out suitable opportunities.

Online teacher application form

Need help lodging your online teacher application form?

You can find helpful information in our quick reference guide to completing your online application (DOCX, 772KB) or by contacting the Teacher Applicant Centre directly on 1300 832 244 or emailing tac@qed.qld.gov.au.

Please note: Once we have accepted your application, it will remain active for 12 months. If you have not worked with us for 12 months your application will be automatically deactivated and you will need to submit a new application.

The Department of Education is collecting your personal information, including certified documentary evidence, in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) for the purpose of receiving and assessing your application to teach in Queensland state schools. This information will only be accessed by authorised department staff. Your information will not be disclosed to any other person without your consent, or where required by law.

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Last updated 21 October 2019