A warmer climate and professional progress


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​More than ever, New Zealanders are considering teaching in Queensland for its warmer weather, competitive pay and incentives, and close proximity to home.

Primary teacher Hannah Parsons said she was teaching in New Zealand for five-and-a-half years before she made the decision to move to Queensland.

Making the change

'I grew up in the South Island of New Zealand and I was teaching at a small rural school there with 80 children,' Hannah said.

'I was looking for my next challenge and that is when I started to research other opportunities available and where I could go with my teaching qualifications.

'I looked at a number of places—I looked Europe and teaching in England and then I saw Queensland.

'Queensland really stood out for me. The support right from applying with the Department of Education to the interview process was very seamless.

'I applied for a job with the department and about 2 days later I was contacted with an opportunity.

'I was driving home from work and I saw an Australian number on my phone and thought, oh, who's this? And yes, on a minus-five-degree morning, I was offered a job in Queensland.

'I landed in Mackay teaching a group of wonderful Year 1 students at Walkerston State School.

'When I arrived in Queensland, it was the end of June. I arrived in jackets and jeans and I slept the first night in Central Queensland with the air conditioning on.'​​​​



Personal and professional benefits

Hannah said she is grateful to have made the decision to move to Queensland because she has built strong connections and gained professional experience.

'I have found the experience of teaching in Mackay really awesome,' she said.

'As soon as I arrived in Central Queensland, everyone has been super lovely and I have joined some social sports teams, made friends with other staff and, from there, built some strong connections.

'I have a great group of supportive colleagues, from the principal and the administrators right down into the classroom. I know that if I need to talk to anyone, they are there to listen.

'This opportunity has given me lots of skills and knowledge from other teachers that I am applying to my classroom practice.

'I think my 50-year-old self will be really proud for making the move because I think it has made me a stronger teacher.'


Lifestyle perks

Between New Zealand and Central Queensland there's a noticeable climate difference, but Hannah said the warmer weather and lifestyle have been a standout for her.

'The best thing has definitely been the lifestyle,' she said.

'I'm loving getting my coffee and walking down to the beach in the morning and on the weekend, the different wildlife here, and just being so close to the beach. It's awesome.

'I plan on doing some travel during the holidays when I have some free time to get around to Cairns and the Gold Coast and obviously go and see the Great Barrier Reef in person.'


A message to other New Zealand teachers

Hannah said she had a strong message for other teachers in New Zealand who are considering the pop across the ditch. 'For my Kiwi friends in New Zealand, definitely come over,' she said.

'You can't beat the lifestyle and the support you get from the Department of Education in Queensland.

'The incentives offered are really awesome. I had support once I arrived in Australia to get to Central Queensland. Once there, the department offered support in finding accommodation, and covering travel costs once I arrived. The salary in Queensland is also very generous compared to New Zealand.

'If you are in New Zealand or another state in Australia, there is no question about it—teaching in Queensland is the best.'

Ready to make a change? Find out more about relocating to Queensland.​

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Last updated 14 March 2024