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Applying for teaching positions

Teachers can apply for positions through centrally organised recruitment pools and also directly to schools through advertised vacancies on Jobs WA.

Temporary vacancies of less than 6 months duration may be advertised on the Internal Jobs Board.  These temporary vacancies include positions for teachers, school administrators, public servants, school support and school psychologists; however, applications are only open to staff employed by the Department of Education.

To be eligible to work in a Western Australian public school, or undertake relief work, you must meet the Department’s eligibility requirements.

You can access the benefits of the Country Teaching Program or Metropolitan Teaching Program by selecting schools in these programs when submitting your application.

How to apply for an advertised vacancy (flowchart)

Central recruitment pools

Please note: To be considered for teacher vacancies, non-permanent teachers must lodge an application to one of the following advertised pools.  Applications to the pools are currently open and you can access the pools directly from the following links:

There are three centrally organised recruitment pools to help schools recruit teachers:

Graduate teacher pool

  • Graduate teachers are those in their first two years (eight terms) of teaching.
  • The pool is advertised on Jobs WA (type graduate teacher pool in the web search function).
  • Graduates can be appointed to permanent and fixed-term vacancies from this pool.
  • Graduates cannot apply for the fixed-term appointment pool.

Fixed-term appointment pool

  • This pool is for teachers seeking fixed-term appointments only.
  • The pool is advertised on Jobs WA (type in Fixed term teacher in the web search function).
  • The following teachers are also eligible to apply for this pool:
    • teachers seeking re-entry to the Department after five years (an Entry and Orientation Program is available for non-graduate teachers new to the Department)
    • interstate teachers (non-graduates)
    • overseas teachers with eligible work visas
    • permanent teachers

*the principal of a permanent teacher’s substantive school must approve any fixed-term placement before an offer can be accepted by the teacher. The principal has the discretion to approve or not approve the fixed-term placement.

Permanent teachers may seek fixed-term appointments through this pool. The principal of a permanent teacher’s substantive school must approve any fixed-term placement before an offer can be accepted by the teacher. The principal has the discretion as to whether or not to approve the fixed-term placement.

Transfer pool

  • This pool is for permanent teachers seeking permanent positions.
  • The pool is advertised on the Internal Department Jobs Board (type teacher transfer pool in the web search function).
  • The following teachers are eligible to apply for this pool:
    • a teacher wishing to transfer from a country school to another country school
    • a teacher wishing to transfer from a country school to a metropolitan school
    • a teacher wishing to transfer from a metropolitan school to a country school.
  • A new transfer pool opens each year in Term 3 for permanent vacancies that arise for the following school year.
  • Permanent teachers can apply at any time, however they need to reapply each year they wish to be considered for transfers.
  • Permanent teachers are eligible to accept only one transfer per school year.

For more information refer to Applying for a transfer.

General information for applicants

Once your application to these pools has been assessed, you are advised in writing of your eligibility and placed in the appropriate recruitment pool.

You can apply to the pools at any time throughout the year and you can update your resume information at any time. You can also choose to withdraw your application if you have been successful in gaining a position.

When applying to centrally organised recruitment pools, you can nominate the schools where you would like to work. You can also indicate your preferences for subjects and year groups to teach. The recruitment team matches preferences to suitable vacancies in nominated schools.

To improve your opportunities for placement, consider nominating country schools.

For permanent positions, a principal must first consider the redeployee pool. If there are no suitable redeployees, the principal must then consider the transfer pool. If there are no suitable applicants in the transfer pool, the principal can use an existing school pool. If there is not an existing school pool, the principal can consider the graduate pool or advertise the position.

For fixed-term positions, a principal must first consider the redeployee pool. If there are no suitable redeployees, the principal can use an existing school pool. If there is not an existing school pool, the principal can consider the graduate and fixed-term appointment pools, or advertise the position. Advertising can take the form of internal or external expressions of interest, or formal advertisement.

If a principal wishes to appoint a teacher from one of the three centrally organised recruitment pools, the principal contacts the teacher directly.

Advertised vacancies

A principal may advertise individual teacher vacancies or advertise to set up their own pool. Both are advertised on Jobs WA. Applications are submitted directly to the school and a merit selection process is completed by the principal. Advertised positions may be fixed-term or permanent.

Teachers in central recruitment pools are not automatically considered for school advertised vacancies and interested teachers need to apply directly.

Teachers interested in teaching in country and remote schools, may also consider applying for advertised vacancies for the Remote Teaching Service and Teacher Flying Squad.

Professional Learning

The Institute for Professional Learning coordinates leadership development opportunities for public education staff through the Department of Education's Professional Learning Information System. and Institute communications. In addition to the Institute’s programs that support professional growth, other Department business units deliver programs in their specialist areas.

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