Schools Considering a career as a teacher?

  • 16 Feb 2024

So, you are thinking about becoming a school teacher in Melbourne or Victoria? Get ready to join the best workforce in the state – with the best union in Australia (in our humble opinion).

Is teaching a good career?

There is a major teacher shortage right now, so teachers are in hot demand! This means the cost of a teaching degree is relatively low, and the government is currently offering scholarships for those training to work in secondary schools.

Teaching is a well-paid job with good superannuation and other benefits. It comes with high job satisfaction, and becoming a teacher means you’ll have a job for life!

And you can work anywhere in the world – every country needs teachers.

Best of all, public school teachers have one of the biggest and most powerful unions in Australia! The Australian Education Union represents more than 185,000 teachers, principals and education support staff. Members access expert training, advice and other benefits. And membership is entirely FREE for pre-service teachers.



What is a teachers salary?

The base teacher salary for graduate teachers in Victorian public schools currently begins at $76,484, progressing up to $124,490 for a leading teacher or learning specialist.

See the full salary scale here.

The government is also offering some financial incentives for graduate teachers and for working in hard-to-staff positions.

Thanks to the AEU, teachers can expect good job security, decent superannuation, time in lieu, paid leave including generous maternity and partner leave, and much more.

What ATAR do I need to study teaching?

Currently, the minimum Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is 70 in addition to students meeting literacy and numeracy standards.

Each institution has their own course entry requirements. If you did not get an ATAR of at least 70, some providers offer alternative pathways.

For the full list of Victorian institutions, visit teaching courses in Victoria.

You can find more about fees, scholarships, and visa and residency requirements here.

Is teaching a stressful job?

Teaching can be emotionally, intellectually and physically challenging. It requires you to think on your feet, and remain flexible and adaptable.

The role comes with a high level of responsibility. Teachers are often the first person to spot any learning difficulties or welfare issues among their students.

Teaching also comes with a fair amount of (not very exciting) paperwork related to administration and accountability.

But you are not stuck behind a desk all day, every day is different, and you work as part of a team with shared interests and goals.

And you are the one who will witness those ‘lightbulb moments’ when a child learns something new, or something finally clicks into place. That’s what makes the job so worthwhile!



How do I become a teacher in Victoria? Our step-by-step guide:


STEP 1: GAIN YOUR TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS

To become a school teacher in Victoria, you need to study a four-year Bachelor of Education; or a double degree or a bachelor’s degree followed by postgraduate study.

More details on qualifications and study options here.

If you enrol in a Victorian secondary school teaching degree, you could be eligible for a scholarship. Find out more here.


STEP 2: JOIN YOUR UNION

Our aim is to support you to be the best teacher you can be.

The AEU offers high-quality professional development opportunities, expert advice, discounted shopping, and loads of other member benefits.

And when you join the AEU, you become part of a vibrant, diverse community of fellow educators.

We want to help you kick off your career feeling prepared and confident – and knowing that the AEU has your back.

Membership is entirely free for anyone training to be a teacher, so join now!



STEP 3: REGISTER AS A TEACHER

All teachers in Victoria must obtain registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching before they can begin teaching.

More info on registration requirements for teachers in Victoria.


STEP 4: FIND WORK

Once you have gained your accreditation to work as a teacher in Victoria, you’re ready to look for work.

The easiest way to do this is to apply through Recruitment Online, the online job advertisement and recruitment management system for Victorian government school jobs.

If you want to work as a casual relief teacher, there are two main ways to do this:

Reach out to schools directly:
Give schools a call or drop in with your CV. You can also use apps such as ClassCover or CanUWork to find and book work, and set up job alerts.

Use an agency:
CRTs can also use an agency to find work, though the agency will usually only pay the Award rate and also take a percentage of your daily rate as a finder’s fee. Read your contract carefully, especially if you want to also look for non-casual work!


STEP 5: MAINTAIN YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

All teachers in Victoria with full registration must complete at least 20 hours of professional development each year to maintain their registration. This can include seminars, conferences, workshops, and online learning, and must be in line with the APST.

Learn more about professional development requirements.

The AEU provides loads of free professional learning opportunities as a benefit of union membership. AEU training and events are open to all members.


JOIN OUR NETWORKS!

The AEU has a strong and active network of pre-service and new graduate members who stay connected through the union.

Join our New Educators Network Facebook group.



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