Department of Education

How to apply

There are options available to enable you to obtain another fixed term appointment or to relocate to another school.

Schools advertise their own teaching vacancies and appointment pools on the JobsWA website.

You are able to apply to any permanent or fixed term advertisements that interest you. Teaching vacancies require you to apply online and supply a resume and covering letter.  However, it is important to read the application instructions on the advertisement because they are unique to each merit selection process. You can set up a JobsWA 'user profile' to receive job alerts to prevent you from missing new advertisements for positions.

To be eligible for ongoing employment you must meet the Department’s eligibility requirements for teachers.

Teacher Pool - Fixed Term Opportunities

You may choose to apply to the Teacher Pool - Fixed Term Opportunities for fixed term positions in schools.

If you are a permanent teacher it is recommended that you discuss applying for a fixed term position with your principal before lodging an application.  This will ensure your release will be supported should a suitable position become available.

Graduate teachers are those in their first two years (eight terms) of teaching. Graduate teachers should apply direct to the Graduate Teacher Pool.

When making your application, you are required to nominate schools where you wish to teach. Be flexible - applying widely increases your chances of gaining employment. Teaching in a rural, regional or remote school offers you added benefits and allowances.

Advertised vacancies

Schools may advertise their teacher vacancies on JobsWA. Applications for these positions go directly to schools that have advertised vacant positions, and a merit selection process is undertaken.

You can find out more about the school you are applying to by visiting Schools Online. You will need to demonstrate your competency against the three domains of teaching that govern the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Tailor your application for each school to show that you meet the needs and requirements specified in the advertisement.

Relief teaching

Individual schools are responsible for the employment of relief teachers. You can contact a school directly and indicate your availability for relief teaching and provide a copy of your resume.

Guide to applying for the Teacher Pool online

Step 1
Visit our Careers website for current jobs or JobsWA and search "teacher pool".

Step 2
Select position
Click on ‘teacher pool’ advertisement.

Step 3
Job advertisement
You are taken to the advertisement containing further information on how to apply. When you are ready to submit your application click on ‘apply for job’.

Step 4
Enter your details

You are now ready to start applying. Make sure you complete all the required information through the following screens. At the bottom of each page you are given three options, ‘save’, ‘back’ or ‘next’. At any time during the application process you can click on ‘save’ so you can safely close the website and return to complete your application later.

Step 5
Selecting your school preferences
During the application process you are asked to select your school preferences – that is, where you would like to teach. Before applying, take the time to think about where you would like to teach and research the schools at Schools Online.

Step 6
Complete and submit application

Once you have completed and submitted your application, a confirmation screen provides you with an application reference and further information about the next steps in the recruitment process. Once an application has been submitted, it is no longer possible to retrieve it for further editing.

Step 7
Keep your application up to date

You can resubmit your application at any time. If you would like to make any changes to your application, remove/update any attachments, adjust school choices, just simply log into your job seeker account via JobsWA.

Step 8
Determine when to remove your application from the Teacher Pool

You can remove your application from the teacher pool at any time. Once your application is removed, you are no longer considered for positions.

This may be because you have secured a permanent position, are working overseas or are no longer seeking employment with the Department of Education.


How to apply

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