Thanks for your advice Beanbear. I have already emailed Andrew Dowling but was not met with any hint of flexibility. He referred me to someone else - a minister(can't remember her name now) but again no flexibility was forthcoming. Aussie rules are Aussie rules. However, I do seem to recall that the General Teaching Coucil of England are supposed to be approaching the Australian Teaching Board regarding the GTP qualification as so many people are outraged by the injustice. I guess I will have to live in hope and try the private sector or try to teach English to foreign language students. Failing that, I will enjoy the beaches and write a book!