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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!

The Teach Queensland website is the central point for all applicants seeking teacher employment in our state schools and is mandatory if you want to teach with us. Select 1 of the 2 options below to get information about the application process that is specific to where you’re at in your teaching career.

We are committed to responding, where possible, to an applicant’s request for reasonable adjustment to assist their participation in the application and recruitment processes. You are encouraged to discuss this with hiring managers and human resource teams when being considered for employment or prior to an offer of employment being made to you.

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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 (mandatory)

    Download and complete the application form (PDF, 297KB)

    In addition to the completed application form, you’ll need to provide the following supporting documentation:

    • Formal qualification/s
    • Academic transcript (if you haven’t graduated yet, please provide a copy of your unofficial academic transcript)
    • Identification documents – i.e. birth certificate or passport and if applicable, working visa, marriage or change of name certificate
    • Evidence of Queensland teacher registration, or submission of application for teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers
    • Statements of service and/or verifiable teaching experience (if relevant).

    Please submit your completed application form and supporting documentation via the online application form below.

    Please note: We cannot process your application until you have provided all required information.

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

    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.

    If you don’t yet have teacher registration, please provide us with evidence that you have submitted your application for registration to the QCT.

    Please note: You will need to provide confirmation of your teacher registration number before you can commence employment.

  • Step 3
    Consider relevant opportunities

    Our teacher application team will review your application when it is submitted.

    If you have submitted all the required information and supporting documentation, you will receive a confirmation email. The confirmation email will provide you with your identification number which will become your employee ID, so keep it somewhere safe.

    If you haven’t submitted all the required details, they will confirm the additional information required and will be unable to process your application until this is received.

    When your application has been processed and you have received your identification number, your details will be provided to Principals and recruitment teams as vacancies become available.

    You are unable to commence employment in a Queensland state school until you have completed your teaching qualification and have teacher registration with the QCT.

    If you selected ‘casual’ in your employment preferences, our TRACER team will also get in touch with you to complete your TRACER profile, and provide you with further details about casual opportunities.

    You can also be proactive in your job search and expand the number of opportunities available to you by:

    • expanding your location preferences to include other geographic areas so you can be considered by more schools with vacancies
    • following Teach Queensland on social media as we regularly highlight interesting opportunities for teachers
    • setting up a job alert on the Queensland Government SmartJobs website. While the majority of roles are filled through our teacher recruitment pool, from time to time, we advertise a range of teaching vacancies and you can also apply directly for these roles
    • attending our next career fair to connect with regional recruiters about current and future opportunities in their schools
    • networking with schools of interest—check out the interactive map of our schools across Queensland through the schools directory.

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.

*If you're from interstate or overseas and are still pondering whether a move here is right for you before making the move, you can learn more about teaching in Queensland on our relocating to Queensland page.

Please follow these steps to apply.

  • Step 1
    Submit your application for teacher employment (mandatory)

    Download and complete the application form (PDF, 297KB)

    In addition to the completed application form, you’ll need to provide the following supporting documentation:

    • 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
    • Evidence of Queensland teacher registration, or submission of application for teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.

    Please submit your completed application form and supporting documentation via the online application form below.

    Please note: We cannot process your application until you have provided all required information.

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

    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.

    If you don’t yet have teacher registration, please provide us with evidence that you have submitted your application for registration to the QCT.

    Please note: You will need to provide confirmation of your teacher registration number before you can commence employment.

    If you have previously held teacher registration in Queensland or another state or territory, visit the Queensland College of Teachers website to find out about renewal of registration or mutual recognition.

  • Step 3
    Consider relevant opportunities

    Our teacher application team will review your application when it is submitted.

    If you have submitted all of the required information and supporting documentation, you will receive a confirmation email. The confirmation email will provide you with your identification number which will become your employee ID, so keep it somewhere safe.

    If you haven’t submitted all of the required details, they will confirm the additional information required and will be unable to process your application until this is received.

    When your application has been processed and you have received your identification number, your details will be provided to Principals and recruitment teams as vacancies become available.

    If you selected ‘casual’ in your employment preferences, our TRACER team will also get in touch with you to complete your TRACER profile, and to provide you with further details about casual opportunities.

    You can also be proactive in your job search and expand the number of opportunities available to you by:

    • expanding your location preferences to include other geographic areas so you can be considered by more schools with vacancies
    • following Teach Queensland on social media as we regularly highlight interesting opportunities for teachers
    • setting up a job alert on the Queensland Government SmartJobs website. While the majority of roles are filled through our teacher recruitment pool, from time to time, we advertise a range of teaching vacancies and you can also apply directly for these roles
    • attending our next career fair to connect with regional recruiters about current and future opportunities in their schools
    • networking with schools of interest—check out the interactive map of our schools across Queensland through the schools directory.

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, 264KB) or by emailing teacherapplications@qed.qld.gov.au.

Important notes

Some applicants are currently experiencing issues when attempting to submit an application using Google Chrome. If you experience any issues, please check that Google Chrome has updated to version 81, otherwise try submitting using another browser.

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 08 September 2022