Relocating to Queensland


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With its laid-back lifestyle and beautiful weather, Queensland is a desirable place to start or progress your teaching career. We don’t mind where you come from: down south, out west, across the ditch—we encourage you to consider teaching in our state schools.

We recruit for a variety of roles across all age groups and disciplines throughout the year. So if you’re up for a teaching adventure, you’ll find plenty of opportunities in our high-demand curriculum area and high-priority communities.

Here’s what you can look forward to when you teach with us.

Why live and teach in Queensland?

What else is there to talk about than our plentiful lifestyle and career benefits? When you teach in Queensland, you get paid to live and work in some of the most beautiful and culturally diverse locations in Australia.

Queensland is renowned for golden Instagram spam-worthy beaches, lush rainforests and our friendly people. Our outback communities let you experience uniquely Australian landscapes, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and rural townships.

Some of the other benefits include:

  • low cost of living
  • world-class health and education systems
  • vibrant arts and culture
  • a range of sporting and recreation opportunities.

We love it here, and we think you will too.

What you need to know about teaching in Queensland


If you decide to come and teach with us, in addition to your starting salary and dependant on location, you may be eligible for paid relocation for you and your family, permanent employment, financial benefits to teach in a rural or remote location and subsidised accommodation. You’ll also have access to professional development opportunities and salary packaging.

Check out our pay and benefits information.
When you relocate to Queensland, you are eligible to have a salary assessment to recognise qualifications, knowledge and experience you’ve gained outside of the Queensland state school system. You’ll need to provide your prior service details for recognition of this service within a month of commencement.
If you want to work as a teacher in Queensland, it is a legal requirement that you are registered with the Queensland College of Teachers. If you are already registered as a teacher in another Australian state or territory, or other country, you may be able to apply for registration under mutual recognition arrangements. Questions about your eligibility should be directed to the QCT. Find out more about teacher registration in Queensland.
If you’re considering teaching in our beautiful state, you’re probably wondering what the schools are like. As the state’s largest employer of teachers, we can offer you exciting career opportunities in a variety of school contexts. Learn about Queensland’s state school system, the school year and our school culture.
If you’re eligible to teach in Queensland, your first step is to submit an application for employment on our website. You can apply for teacher employment with us at any time throughout the year. Step by step guide for interstate and international teachers to gain employment in Queensland.

Ready to apply?

If the thought of working with us looks as sweet as fresh gelato on a Queensland summer's day, we encourage you to apply now. Check out our eligibility requirements to make sure you’re eligible to teach with us and submit an application to get the ball rolling.


 Teacher stories

Relocation assistance and support: Teaching in Proserpine

If you're thinking of moving your teaching career to Queensland, we offer relocation assistance and support to teachers, teaching couples and their families.

Adventure awaits: Teaching on Mornington Island

When you teach in Queensland, you get paid to live and work in some of the most beautiful and culturally diverse locations in Australia. This is Serena's life-changing experience of living and teaching in a remote Indigenous community in north Queensland.

Come for the lifestyle: Teaching in Emerald

With its laid-back lifestyle and a traffic-free commute, teaching in rural Queensland can be even more rewarding for teachers who want to make a difference. Joel shares his story of moving to central Queensland to kick start his teaching career.

A friendly welcome: Teaching in Queensland

Katrina's teaching career has taken her to many different communities across Queensland, where she has expanded her teaching networks and friendship groups. Katrina reflects on finding her sense of belonging while teaching along the central coast of Queensland.

A great place to raise a family: Teaching in Emerald

Queensland's many regional centres offer a safe, family friendly environment where teachers and their families are embraced in community life. When Monique moved to central Queensland for a short term teaching contract 14 years ago, she wasn't expecting to find a permanent home for her family.

The best decision: Teaching in Far North Queensland

Fresh from university, Aaron took up a teaching role in tropical far north Queensland, which opened his eyes to small town life and the impact he could have in the classroom. According to Aaron, it was one of the best decisions he's ever made.

Immerse yourself in culture: Teaching in the Torres Strait

Queensland has many schools in identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, where teachers are welcomed with open arms and immersed in cultural experiences. Bree shares her 'Sliding Doors' moment where she decided to ditch a teaching role in London for one in the Torres Strait.

Advance your career: Teaching in Mt Isa

Opportunities abound to advance your teaching career if you're open to moving to a regional, rural or remote Queensland community. This is Ally's story of how she honed her skills as a teacher in a large mining town in north Queensland.

Creative escape: Teaching in Barcaldine

Inspired by the landscape, the animals and the colours of central Queensland, art teacher Marika took her husband and 2 children along with her on a creative escape from the city. In central Queensland, they found more than just friends, they found a family - which was an experience they will always treasure.

Last updated 02 December 2021