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Language teachers – Teach in Canberra

  • Melbourne VIC
  • Teaching – Primary (Education & Training)
    Government – State (Government & Defence)
  • Full time
  • $84,978 – $119,288 per year
  • Nation leading public school pay and conditions.
  • Future-focussed on career growth and development.
  • Ongoing professional development, in-school support, and mentoring.


About us

Join a leading learning organisation where you matter, working with experienced and supportive school leaders. By teaching in the growing ACT public school system, you will make a real difference to the lives of the young people of Canberra. In 2024, we’re opening our 91st school in a system delivering excellent, inclusive and equitable outcomes for very child and young person. 


We are seeking teachers specialising in Language teachers (preschool to year 12) to commence teaching in January 2024. You will be enthusiastic, innovative and willing to engage and nurture curiosity and creativity. ACT public schools currently offer the following languages:

  • French                                                  
  • Japanese
  • Italian                                                    
  • Spanish
  • Chinese (Mandarin)                        
  • Indonesian
  • Korean                                                 
  • German


Our system offers nation leading pay and conditions and a better classification structure that supports school leaders, new educators and experienced teachers. We’ll also help with your relocation expenses (up to $12K). 


Experienced teacher salaries for 2024 range from $101,477 to $119,288, while graduate teacher salaries start at $84,978.


Benefits of working in ACT public schools:

  • Better workloads that prioritise developing educational leadership, innovative teaching and learning.
  • A total of 4 staff development days a year, held at the beginning of each term (student free) from 2024.
  • Guaranteed minimum 3 hours release time per week for all staff within school hours.
  • Leading face-to-face teaching conditions.
  • The right to disconnect outside of work hours and enjoy a better work/life balance in a progressive, diverse and inclusive city.
  • New Educator Support Program to set new educators up for success.


About you

You will be a dynamic, professional, and contemporary educator who will:

  • Develop relationships across your professional and school community to provide the best student experience. 
  • Demonstrate an ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team environment with like-minded educators who have a passion for their subject and teaching specialisation.
  • Have strong class management skills enabling a supportive learning environment.
  • Have subject expertise and the ability to teach inclusively across a broad age and ability range.
  • Commit to collaborative professional engagement and professional learning.
  • Commit to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.


Eligibility requirements for employment

To be able to teach within the ACT Education system you must: 

  • Hold and/or be eligible for teacher registration with the Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) prior to starting your employment.
  • Hold a current ACT Working with Vulnerable People (WwVP) registration. 
  • Be an Australian citizen and/or be permanent resident and/or hold a valid working visa.


Business sponsorship is available but assessed on an individual basis. Email eduteachincanberra@act.gov.au to find out more.


Why Canberra?

  • Enjoy a work/life balance in a progressive city where everything is only a 30-minute drive away! 
  • Teacher autonomy and flexibility in your choice of schools, without having to relocate from where you live.
  • Canberra is a safe, welcoming, and multicultural city with an abundance of nature reserves, parks, lakes and mountains as well as contemporary and dynamic urban spaces, including extensive foodie and shopping precincts.
  • Canberrans thrive in their active lifestyle; our residents have the highest participation level for organised sport in the country. Our community events are unsurpassed with regular artisanal markets and annual events including our spring festival featuring one million blooms by the lake, the renowned multicultural food festival and iconic hot air balloon festival in autumn.
  • Canberra is a city offering endless opportunity. But don’t take our word for it – find out more about why Canberra is a great place to live and work.


How to apply

Apply via our job portal here noting you will need to attach the following documents:

  • A two-page statement providing practice examples of your experience aligned to the Australian Professional Standards with an emphasis your pedagogical philosophy and how you have strived to meet the diverse needs of students.
  • Your resume.
  • Contact details of two referees.
  • A copy of your registration from your local regulatory authority. If currently studying, evidence of enrolment in an accredited Initial Teacher Education program.


We welcome applications from teachers all year round. Please email us at eduteacherrecruitment@act.gov.au to find out about the many opportunities with ACT public schools


The ACT Public Service is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability and those who identify as LGBTIQ are encouraged to apply.

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