Get a teaching job
Once you have become a teacher and are approved and accredited to teach in NSW public schools, you can accept casual teaching opportunities and apply for advertised temporary and permanent teaching positions.
Work as a casual teacher
Casual teaching is a great way to start your career and develop your teaching skills in NSW public schools. It also offers variety and flexibility.
If you are a new teacher, you can begin casual teaching while completing your final two semesters of teacher education studies through your application for approval to teach (formerly known as the Graduate Recruitment Program or GRP) as long as you have:
- successfully completed in-school experience components of your teacher education program (and advised dates and location of final practicum or internship), and
- have been recommended for approval to teach following an interview.
ClassCover is your online CV, giving you direct access to hundreds of schools. Free to use and featuring comprehensive support and modern functions, it’s already in use at more than 700 NSW public schools.
You can also approach NSW public schools directly to advise that you are available for casual teaching positions.
Apply for temporary positions
Temporary teachers are employed full-time for a minimum of four weeks and a maximum of one school year, or part-time for two or more school terms. Subscribe to JobFeed to have a list of the newly advertised temporary teaching positions delivered to your inbox each Wednesday.
This week's temporary teaching positions can also be found on the JobFeed webpage, which includes the details of the contact officer for each temporary position. To increase your chances of employment in NSW public schools, consider applying for temporary positions in high-demand metropolitan and/or rural and remote locations.
Apply for permanent positions
In accordance with the staffing agreement between the department and the NSW Teachers Federation, significant numbers of vacancies are filled through open advertisement. Available positions are broadcast via the weekly teach.NSWJobFeed e-newsletter, which includes direct links to the application page for each position on the Iworkfor.nsw website.
Subscribe to JobFeed to have a list of the newly advertised permanent teaching positions delivered to your inbox each Wednesday. The JobFeed listing can also be found on the JobFeed webpage. To increase your chances of gaining employment in NSW public schools, consider applying for positions in high-demand metropolitan and/or rural and remote locations.
Develop a great application
Our guides for application writing are full of tips and advice to help you address selection criteria.
- Guide to application writing for executive staff and principal positions (PDF 296 KB)
- Guide to meeting the selection criteria of recent school based experience for non school based teaching service positions (PDF 1.75 MB)
Please note, our guide to application writing for classroom teacher positions is currently being reviewed.
Undertake further training
To improve your employment and career development prospects as a teacher in NSW public schools, consider becoming a teacher of a high-demand subject area. The department offers sponsored training programs which provide financial incentives and support to current teachers who would like to become teachers of a high-demand subject area in a high-demand location.