How to apply
Interstate and local teachers
Becoming a teacher in the Territory
To teach in the Northern Territory Government School you must
- Department of Education (DoE)
DoE is the employing body for teachers in NT Government schools. After you register with DoE, principals will be able to view your application.
- Safe NT, Northern Territory Police
As of March 2011 all Northern Territory teachers will be required to have a Working with Children Clearance Notice.
You do not need a Working with Children Clearance Notice to apply for a teaching job. However, we strongly recommend that you apply for a clearance notice at the same time as applying to teach in the Northern Territory to ensure your application is considered in a timely manner.
If you are applying for a Working with Children Clearance Notice and intend to register with the Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory, it is recommended that you authorise Safe NT to forward a National Police Certificate containing your criminal history to the TRB. To do so, you must sign the authorisation statement under Section D – purposes of check of the Working with Children Employment Application.
- Teacher Registration Board (TRB)
The TRB registers teachers and is not an employing authority. Under the Teacher Registration (Northern Territory) Act, you must register with the TRB to work as a teacher in Northern Territory Government schools.
You do not need TRB registration to apply for a teaching job. However, we strongly recommend that you register with TRB to ensure your application receives priority consideration. It can take up to 8 weeks for the TRB to process an application.
How to submit a general application
Many teaching positions are filled from a pool of applicants instead of being specifically advertised. To be considered for these positions you need to apply for a password and log in on this site and fill in all sections of the online application form.
Your application will stay current and available to principals for 1 month from the date you submit it or update it, unless the department has employed you or you have asked for your application to be withdrawn. After 1 month with no activity your application will be archived. It would then be restored automatically if you log in again.
How to apply for a specific vacancy
Promotional positions and positions that cannot be filled from general applications are published on the current opportunities page on this site and/or advertised through national newspapers.
If you are interested in a specific position, you should contact the principal or manager to discuss it. If you can, visit the school or the school website.
Click on the vacancy position number to see a general summary. You will see the job description (Word document) and a link to the NT Government jobs website, where you can apply online.
What to do if you are offered employment
If the Recruitment Unit offers you employment, you should provide the following documents as soon as possible:
- copies of completed qualifications (degree award and transcripts). A 4-year tertiary qualification with an education major is required. If you are currently studying, you should forward your academic record to date, and your final semester transcript indicating course completion as soon as it's available
- evidence of Australian residency or visa status indicating your entitlement to residency and ability to take up paid employment, e.g. copy of birth certificate or current passport
- copies of official statements of previous teaching service or, for new graduates, copies of most recent practicum reports.
The contacts section has fax, email and postal information.
Note: you should not make any moves towards relocating to the Northern Territory until you have a formal offer of employment from the department’s Recruitment Unit. School principals do not make offers of employment to applicants: they will recommend an applicant to the Recruitment Unit, whose role is to make formal offers of employment.
Qualifications and residency
If you are a teacher from outside Australia, you must hold a teaching qualification assessed as comparable to a minimum of four years recognised teacher training.
The Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations can assess your qualifications.
The NT Department of Education only considers applicants who can give us satisfactory evidence of Australian citizenship, residency status or an Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship work permit.
If you are interested in migrating to Australia you should initially approach the nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. They will be able to give you information on migration criteria, qualification assessments and procedural requirements. You may wish to ask for information about the General Skilled Migration program.
Other options for teaching work within Australia may be available through an International Teacher Exchange. These generally last one year. To participate in an international teacher exchange program you will need to have completed five years of teaching experience and must also provide appropriate accommodation for your exchange partner.
We have agreements with education authorities in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland; the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario; - Colorado and Minnesota in the United States of America.
If you are interested in a working holiday, you may apply for a 12-month visa, with approval to work for 6 months at a time with any one employer. The department may consider offering relief teaching or a short-term contract.
The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) is designed to help employers in regional or low population growth areas of Australia who are unable to fill skilled vacancies from the Australian labour market. Employers may nominate people from overseas, or temporary residents already in Australia, to fill vacancies that are full-time, skilled and available for a minimum of two years.