The application process

Kick-start your teaching career in NSW public schools and apply through the GRP.

Timescales for completing the process will vary depending on when you apply, provide your supporting documents and attend a GRP interview. Your interim approval to teach will depend on you completing all professional experiences and/or internship placements, however, a typical pathway through the process for 2018 applicants is as follows:

Please note enhancements to this process will be active from 1 January 2019  and will alter the process in stage 1 and stage 2.

Stage one: Complete the GRP online application

Complete all components of the application by providing your personal information, details of your studies, supporting documentation and select your preferred geographical areas for permanent employment.

You can request interim approval to teach, which will enable you to work as a casual or temporary teacher while you complete your studies. You can also indicate your interest in teaching in schools with a high proportion of Aboriginal student enrolments as part of the GRP: Aboriginal initiative.

Guidance on completing your online application.

Teachers submitting an application for approval to teach in NSW public schools from 1 January 2019 must successfully meet all requirements, including their suitability interview, before receiving interim approval to teach.

Stage two: Attend an interview

As part of the GRP application, you will need to book and attend a GRP interview. Your interviewer will make a recommendation regarding your suitability for employment as a teacher. Interviews are held at various locations across the state.

You'll need to bring photo ID with you, as well as your professional experience reports. You will also need to bring your completed supporting statement to your interview.

Find out more about the interview process.

Stage three: Authorise release of your final transcript

Once you have successfully completed your teacher education studies, you must submit your final academic transcript to the NSW Department of Education to finalise your application and receive full teaching approval to teach in NSW public schools.

To submit your final transcript to the department, all you need to do is complete the Authorisation for the Release of Academic Transcript form (PDF 70 KB) and submit this to your university. Your university* will then forward your transcript directly to us. If you have already received your final academictranscript, you can email it to

(*Note: The University of Technology Sydney, Western Sydney University and the Australian Catholic University have advised that they are unable to provide transcripts directly to the NSW Department of Education. Students from these universities will need to provide their own transcripts directly to the department.)

Ready to teach!

With your full approval to teach, you are now able to begin teaching in NSW public schools.

Find out more about gaining employment as a teacher.

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