How to register as a teacher?
We are visiting Adelaide in about one month on holiday for three weeks and to stamp our perm res visa. We are then planning to return to Australia later in the year to settle. I will be looking to work as a primary school teacher. I have just discovered this website and read about 'registering' as a teacher. Can anyone tell me what I need to do, where to get info and can I get the process started during our holiday? (I already have a positive skills assessment as part of applying for the visa.) Any advice would be a major, major help.
Sadly the positive skills assessment for the visa means nothing to the Teacher Registration Board.
You could probably complete your registration while you are here if you start it now.
You can go to the TRB website of SA http://www.trb.sa.edu.au/ and download forms for a skills assessment. You can then send copies of all sorts of documents like your passport, degree transcripts, PGCE transcripts etc (all certified of course). You will then be held as an applicant and be advised of your passing of the skills assessment.
Before you come, book yourself onto a First Aid Course - only AUS certs are accepted for this, so don't bother doing one in the UK. It costs about $100 - St John Ambulance do one and can give you the certificate on the day if you ask them to. Otherwise you collect the next day.
You will also need to book yourself onto a Mandatory Notification Course or Child Protection Course. This is compulsory and different places charge diff amounts- we used a place called Edmund Rice Camps and did the course on a Saturday. You will get your certificate at the end of the day.
Then get these certificates copied and certified (Adelaide Council Offices have a Justice of the Peace who will sign docs for free - and these offices are just near the TRB offices). You will need to send a copy of your visa I think but you can check that.
Take these copies to the TRB and within a week or so your registration will be complete. And your certificate will be sent out. Oh you need to pay about $200 for the registration.
I hope this helps
That's really helped! Many thanks for the info. Will do all of that. Dave.
Snap! Hi David I'm hoping to do the same thing as you in May 09. You can download a bundle of stuff from the TRB which details schools and areas etc. I found this equally helpful and confusing. Met a guy at an Immigration show and he sent me a book called "Where to live guide-Adelaide". Which gives loads of info about each suburb, employment prospects, schools etc. A mine of information and brilliant for cross referencing with the TRB info. You can get it from email@example.com. It did take a bit of time to arrive though.
Originally Posted by David Truelove
Hope this helps!
I would recommend you contacting your university/training establishment and getting an official academic transcript-not having one of these delayed my registration, if possible get them to specify the no. of hours/weeks etc spent on initial teacher training ( I've been a teacher for just under 20 years and formerly a head of a London Primary and they requested this info from me).
Other things to consider - your police check will be okay because you have just been issued your visa, but if you want to work in the Catholic sector they require an SA Police check ( the CEO want it valid in the last 3 months) and a check from their own professional standards board.
If you need any info please PM me.
How many of the people registered as teachers are actually working and what route did you take to get work? Are those working in the state system or private schools?
Thanks in advance.
Yes, I would like to know that too. There seem to be a lot of teachers either out here already or heading out, but I wonder how many actually have posts, or whether they have had to take a job in a different industry just to survive.
I think a lot of primary trained teachers are going to end up like me, feeling very unwanted and disillusioned, because we can't get a job doing what we were trained to do!!! It's all so frustrating!
I will always remember doing the Mandated Notification Training day. I sat between two ladies who were doing the course to keep their teacher registration current, but one was selling real estate and the other had her own massage and aromatherapy business! Hardly anyone in the room was working as a REAL teacher.
Any replies from actual working teachers in SA primary schools gratefully received...
I know of 2 ex pats who have permanent contracts in private schoolS - both secondary teachers and one lady who has a permanent contract with Decs - but special needs trained.
Originally Posted by Deb17
Personally - if I had my choice of oz and wanted to carry on teaching - it wouldn't be in south oz!
Too many teachers -not enough jobs to go round!
How true! I was considering doing a course in librarianship at TAFE come January. Reckon there are more openings for teacher librarians and from what I've seen so far, such a job comes with the added bonus of not having to plan and mark work for your own class each day...
Hi, was slightly disturbed when I read your post. When I was talking to the consulate in London they seemed to think there was plenty of work for primary teachers, particularly in Adelaide as it is a place they want to populate (double edged sword that one). Eek!! I hope I've not made a mistake deciding to come to Adelaide to teach. Where would you suggest in Australia for best chance of primary teaching work?