FAQs

Get answers to your questions about the application and selection process.

Eligibility

Am I eligible to apply for the Graduate Recruitment Program?
Am I eligible to apply for the GRP: Aboriginal Initiative?
Can international students apply for the Graduate Recruitment Program?
How do I get my qualifications assessed?
Do I need to sit an English proficiency test?
Do I need to have passed the literacy and numeracy test before I can apply?
I have a criminal record from years ago. Can I still become a teacher?

The application process

What is the closing date for applications?
Will I need to provide my academic transcript to support my application?
Do I need to provide certified copies of my supporting documents?
What documents do I need to provide to support my application?
Am I able to defer the date that I am available to start teaching?
Do I need to nominate referees to support my application?
Can I change any of the information on my application?
How do I change the location preferences on my application?
How do I update my contact details once I have submitted my application?

Attending an interview

How do I organise an interview?
Where and when are interviews held?
The interview timeslots seem to be booked out, what should I do?
What documents do I need to bring to my interview?
What if something happens after I've booked for an interview and I can no longer make my allocated interview time?
How can I prepare for the interview?
What happens if I am unsuccessful at the interview?
How do I organise a GRP Aboriginal initiative interview?

Employment as a teacher

What is the difference between casual and temporary employment?
When can I commence casual teaching?
How long is interim approval to teach valid for?
How can I obtain casual or temporary employment as a teacher?
What paperwork do I need to show a school when I start casual teaching?
What is the difference between an Interim Approval and Full Approval to Teach?
How can I find permanent teaching positions?
How are new graduates appointed to vacancies?
Can my GRP application be fast tracked for employment?

Eligibility

Am I eligible to apply for the Graduate Recruitment Program?

You are eligible to apply for full approval to teach and permanent employment through the GRP if you:

  • have Australian citizenship or permanent residency*
  • are currently completing the last or second-last semester of a NESA accredited initial teacher education program through a university in NSW or ACT or at La Trobe University (Wodonga Campus) or Griffith University.

* International students can apply through the Graduate Recruitment Program for casual and temporary teaching approval in accordance with the work rights granted under their visa.

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Am I eligible to apply for the GRP: Aboriginal Initiative?

You are eligible to seek employment as a teacher in schools with significant Aboriginal student enrolments if you can answer 'yes' to at least one of the following questions:

1. Have you completed any course(s) and/or unit(s) of study in which you learned about Aboriginal people, Aboriginal culture or Aboriginal education:

  • as part of a university teacher education program
  • through a TAFE course
  • through a private training provider
  • other?

2. Have you undertaken any professional experience in schools with significant Aboriginal student enrolments ?

3. Have you worked with Aboriginal communities or Aboriginal students as a community worker, teacher or an education support worker either in paid employment or as a volunteer?

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Can international students apply for the Graduate Recruitment Program?

Yes, provided you hold a valid visa for employment in Australia.  You will not be eligible for full approval to teach or permanent employment if you do not hold Australian citizenship or permanent residency. If you are an international student on a temporary visa you can still apply through the Graduate Recruitment Program for casual and temporary teaching approval, in accordance with the work rights granted under your visa.

In addition, prospective graduate teachers who have completed their qualifications assessed for teaching in a country other than the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, United States of America, New Zealand or Canada, may be required to undertake an assessment of their English language proficiency. NESA will advise you on your letter of accreditation if you need to undertake an English language assessment.

Note: the department does not sponsor teaching visas.

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How do I get my qualifications assessed?

NESA will assess your qualifications and issue you with a letter of accreditation advising you of the subjects you are approved to teach in NSW.

You must register with NESA and apply for a letter of accreditation before you can submit your GRP application.

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Do I need to sit an English proficiency test?

All teachers need to have demonstrated proficiency in all aspects of English, i.e. reading, writing, speaking and listening.  All teachers who have completed their qualifications in a country other than the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, United States of America, New Zealand or Canada, may be required to undertake an assessment of their English language proficiency.

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Do I need to have passed the literacy and numeracy test before I can apply?

From 1 July 2016, all students completing a teacher education course across Australia will need to have passed a national literacy and numeracy test administered by the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) before they complete their course to be eligible for Provisional Accreditation from NESA.

You do not need to have sat the test before you apply for the GRP, but you will need to have passed the test in order to finalise your application and receive full approval to teach in NSW public schools.

For further information on gaining Conditional or Provisional Accreditation, contact NESA.

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I have a criminal record from years ago. Can I still become a teacher?

Please ensure that you provide accurate and honest information in your application. The department undertakes employment screening checks including a criminal record check on all applicants, with any criminal matters revealed by this check considered on a case by case basis.

Having a criminal record may not necessarily preclude you from becoming a teacher. You should contact our Teacher Approvals team for advice on your individual circumstances.

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The application process

What is the closing date for applications?

There is no closing date for applications; however, once you graduate you are no longer eligible to apply through the GRP.

If you wish to apply after you graduate, you can apply through the qualified teacher approval process. Other qualified teachers, including interstate graduates and overseas trained teachers can apply to teach with the department through this process.

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Will I need to provide my academic transcript to support my application?

You need to provide your academic transcripts and enrolment to date initially, and then on successful completion of your studies, your final academic transcript* for your full approval to be issued.

Any offer of permanent employment with the department is conditional on the department receiving a final academic transcript prior to your entry on duty.

All you need to do is complete the Authorisation for the Release of Academic Transcript form (PDF 74KB) and submit to your university. Your university** will then forward your transcript directly to the department.

If you have already received your final academic transcript, you can send a certified copy directly to newgradtranscripts@det.nsw.edu.au.

*Note: final academic transcript is the official university transcript confirming successful completion of your studies.

**Note: The University of Technology Sydney and the Western Sydney University have advised that they are unable to provide transcripts directly to the department. Students from these universities will need to provide their own transcripts directly to the department.

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Do I need to provide certified copies of my supporting documents?

You can provide colour copies of your original documents, or alternatively you can provide certified photocopies. A certified copy is a photocopy which has been declared by a Justice of the Peace, solicitor or NSW Department of Education officer to be an exact copy of the original. These must be emailed to GRP@det.nsw.edu.au.

What documents do I need to provide to support my application?

Your application must include:

  • completed and signed Declaration for Child Related Work – National Criminal Records form (PDF 352KB)
  • completed and signed Informed Consent form (PDF 352KB)
  • two forms of proof of identity totalling 100 points as noted within the GRP application process and at least one of the documents must show your signature and your current address
  • evidence of change of name
  • evidence of Australian citizenship or permanent residency or visa permitting employment
  • academic transcripts of: completed degrees or other tertiary qualifications; or results to date for current degrees, or other tertiary qualifications (internet extracts can be accepted if certified by the university).

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Am I able to defer the date that I am available to start teaching?

As part of the GRP, your availability date refers to your availability for permanent employment and these dates can only be after you have completed your studies. i.e. a mid year graduate will have the availability date of 1 July current year while an end of year graduate will have 1 January following year.

If you are going to be taking time out before you seek permanent teaching we recommend that you continue the application process and enter the date you intend to be available in the future or make your employment application inactive by emailing Teacher Approvals at grp@det.nsw.edu.au. Once you have a teaching approval, an inactive application does not preclude you from working as a casual teacher, nor does it affect your priority date for permanent employment.

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Do I need to nominate referees to support my application?

It is not necessary to provide referees as part of your application to the GRP however you may be required to provide written references where applicable.

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Can I change any of the information on my application?

You can make changes to your online application at any time before attending your GRP interview.

To update your details on the online application system: retrieve your application using your department UserID and password provided to you by email when you first registered your details on the application system.  Please DON’T make changes to names or date of birth.

To request other changes after you will need to contact us. Please include your full name and application number on any correspondence to ensure that changes can be made to your application. Please indicate ‘Changes’ in the subject line of your email.

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How do I change the location preferences on my application?

If you wish to make changes to your location preferences before your GRP interview, retrieve your application and select the ‘amend details’ option at the bottom of the page.

If you wish to make changes after your interview, you will need to contact us. You must clearly indicate the staffing areas and/or schools that you wish to add or delete, as well as your full name and application ID.

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How do I update my contact details once I have submitted my application?

Should you change your personal email address and/or your mobile phone number after you have submitted your application, you must update these details on both the online application system AND via the NSW DoE Staff Portal.

Remember that the mobile phone number and email address you provide via the online application system will be used to advise you of classroom teacher vacancies that match your employment criteria.

To update your details on the NSW DoE Staff Portal: log onto the Staff Portal using your department UserID and password. Go to ‘My Profile’ then select ‘View/Update My Personal Attributes’, and from there update your personal email and mobile details. If you haven’t already done so, you should also ensure that you have established a secret question and answer on the Portal in case you lose your password details.

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Attending an interview

How do I organise an interview?

You will need to submit your online application before booking your GRP interview. Your application is current for 12 months from the date you submit it. You need to attend your interview within this timeframe or your application will be withdrawn automatically.

At the time you make your booking, you should make a record of your interview date, time and venue to ensure you keep your appointment. If you fail to attend your scheduled interview without giving us prior notice, you may find it difficult to book another one.

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Where and when are interviews held?

GRP interviews for graduating teachers are conducted at various locations across NSW throughout the year.

Interviews are held regularly in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. In smaller regional centres interviews may be available less frequently. Interviews will be held subject to demand and schedules will be posted online at least one school term in advance.

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The interview timeslots seem to be booked out, what should I do?

GRP interview times at venues are limited. If all interview times are filled at one venue on a particular date, you may like to attend an interview at an alternative location or wait until more interview times become available at your preferred venue.

For example, if you wish to be interviewed at Lismore in July and there are no available times showing on the booking system, you may want to wait until more interview dates are posted online. Keep checking the system until your preferred time and venue become available, remembering that you will need to attend the interview within 12 months of submitting your application.

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What documents do I need to bring to my interview?

You'll will need to bring the following documents to the interview with you:

  • Photo ID, such as a valid drivers licence, passport or student ID card.
  • Professional experience reports. You will be able to take this home with you afterwards.
  • Completed supporting statement (PDF 295KB), addressing the selection criteria.

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What if something happens after I've booked for an interview and I can no longer make my allocated interview time?

Try to avoid making changes to your interview date and time if possible, as it may lead to delays in finalising your application. If you have a genuine need to change your interview time, you must do this online by retrieving your application.

It is not possible to cancel or change an existing booking within five days of the scheduled interview date.  You should email interviews@det.nsw.edu.au.

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How can I prepare for the interview?

Find out more on our interview page

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What happens if I am unsuccessful at the interview?

Following the interview, your responses and your supporting statement will be considered and, based on these, your interviewer will make a recommendation regarding your suitability for employment as a teacher. Possible recommendations include:

  • Suitable for employment
  • Suitable for casual employment only (either for a limited period of time or ongoing)
  • Not suitable for employment.

Applicants who are not recommended for employment will be informed of this in writing by the Teacher Approvals team. Applicants who are recommended as suitable for casual teaching only may reapply for full approval to teach after a period of casual teaching in NSW public schools. Their new application must be supported by positive work reports.

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How do I organise a GRP Aboriginal initiative interview?

You do not need to book online through the GRP application process. You will need to email interviews@det.nsw.edu.au advising of your preferred time and location. In many locations, these interviews may only be available once a year. However, additional Aboriginal initiative interviews will be scheduled in Sydney to meet demand.

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Employment as a teacher

What is the difference between casual and temporary employment?

The majority of graduates will commence their teaching careers in the NSW public education system as casual or temporary teachers.

There are opportunities for casual and temporary teaching in most areas of NSW and you will greatly increase your chances of obtaining employment if you seek teaching engagements in non-coastal country areas or in south western and western Sydney.

As a casual teacher you are employed on a day-to-day basis replacing permanent teachers who are absent or participating in other activities. Casual teachers are paid a daily rate, based on years of training and experience, which is loaded to include a component for sick leave and vacation pay.

As a temporary teacher you are employed full-time for four weeks to a year or part-time for two terms or more. Temporary teachers receive most of the entitlements of permanent teachers, including annual salary, on a pro-rata basis.

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When can I commence casual teaching?

If you apply through the GRP, you may obtain an interim casual approval to teach if you:

  • have obtained teacher accreditation with NESA
  • hold a valid paid WWCC clearance
  • have successfully completed all of the professional experience components (including any internship) of your teacher education program
  • are not aware of any reason why you will not be awarded a recognised teacher education qualification at the completion of the current semester of study
  • have demonstrated satisfactory English language proficiency.

To apply for interim casual approval, retrieve your application using your NSW DoE UserID and password, select ‘Request Interim Approval’ and follow the prompts.

If you have requested interim approval online and you meet eligibility requirements including the provision of all documents and a clear employment screening check, your request will be processed and your approval forwarded to you as soon as possible.

An interim casual approval is not issued immediately. Your file will be reviewed to confirm that you have met all requirements before it can be issued.

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How long is interim approval to teach valid for?

Your interim casual approval will be valid for six months from the date of issue. This enables you to teach casually or temporary while you attend your GRP interview and complete your university course requirements.

If you have requested your interim approval online and have a firm offer of employment in a NSW public school, ask your school principal to contact Teacher Approvals at grp@det.nsw.edu.au and request a fast track of your approval.

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How can I obtain casual or temporary employment as a teacher?

Graduates who have received their interim casual teaching approval can register with Casual.Direct, the department’s casual teacher staffing system providing casual teachers to schools upon request. Teachers registered with Casual.Direct are also considered for temporary teaching opportunities by the Teacher Relief Scheme to assist schools in covering longer term temporary vacancies.

Advertised temporary teacher vacancies are published weekly on the teach.NSW JobFeed.

Teachers who have approval to teach may also contact schools directly and advise of their availability for casual and temporary teaching.

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What paperwork do I need to show a school when I start casual teaching?

You will need to provide your teaching approval letter which will be sent to you via email once you have successfully completed all of the steps involved in the GRP process including the interview.

You will also need to meet mandatory training requirements in order to be employed as a casual teacher in a NSW public school.

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What is the difference between an Interim Approval and Full Approval to Teach?

Your interim casual approval is only valid for six months from the date of issue. This enables you to teach in a casual or temporary capacity in NSW public schools while you complete your university course requirements.

You will receive your full approval to teach once confirmation of your course completion is received by the department. This approval enables you to be permanently employed in NSW public schools and is only valid for five years from the date of issue if you decide not teach in a NSW public school.

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How can I find permanent teaching positions?

Once you have submitted your GRP application, you are eligible to apply for advertised classroom teacher positions. Advertised temporary and permanent vacancies are published on the teach.NSW JobFeed.

You can refer to the Staffing Procedures for the Teaching Service in NSW Public Schools for more information on how schools are staffed on a permanent basis.

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How are new graduates appointed to vacancies?

In 2016, the NSW Department of Education and the NSW Teachers Federation signed a new staffing agreement. The agreement maintains the department’s commitment to making ‘priority placements’, including placements of high achieving new graduates identified through the GRP.

High-achieving graduates are identified through the GRP as a result of their practicum/internship report, GRP interview and transcript results. If you are identified as a high-achieving graduate you may be matched to a permanent teaching vacancy in a school, and receive an offer of employment.

You can maximise your opportunities for a suitable match by increasing the locations in which you are willing to work in your GRP application and by applying for advertised temporary and permanent positions through teach.NSW JobFeed.

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Can my GRP application be fast tracked for employment?

If you have a firm offer of employment in a NSW public school, your school Principal can fast track your interim approval by emailing grp@det.nsw.edu.au.

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Contact us

Before sending us email enquiries please refer to the other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on this list.

If you need further help you can contact us. Please include your full name as itappears in your online application and quote your application ID in any communication you have with the department. Always include a meaningful subject heading that reflects the nature of your enquiry.