Apply for approval to teach

To apply for approval to teach in NSW public schools, you will need to provide:

Once you have the above information on-hand, apply for approval to teach via the NSW Department of Education's online application form.

Complete the online application form

  • Please register with an ID and password that you will remember so you can return to your application at a later date. If you forget your password, you'll need to call the department's IT service desk on 1800 338 483 to request a password reset.
  • Save your application at the top of every page before proceeding to the next page – if you move forward without saving the data you entered will be lost.
  • Select "anywhere in the state" in the preference list to maximise your chance of employment in NSW public schools. If you select an individual school staffing area, you will be limiting your job offers to the schools in that staffing area that have vacancies appropriate for your teaching qualifications. Only select the areas or schools in which you would like to work.
  • If you need to amend your application after you have submitted it, email the teacher approvals team via teacherapprovals@det.nsw.edu.au. Do not create multiple applications.

Prepare for your personal suitability interview

After your application to teach has been processed by the department, you will receive an email invitation to a personal suitability interview. The interview will be conducted by a senior officer of the department and will take approximately 30 minutes.

If you are a Sydney resident, your interview will take place at the department's Parramatta state office, 105 Phillip Street, Parramatta. If you live outside the Sydney metropolitan area, your interview will be conducted at one of the department's regional centres. You will need to bring photo identification, such as a current driver's licence or passport, to your interview.

During the interview your personal suitability to teach in NSW public schools will be assessed along with your attitudes and ideas regarding teaching.

You will be asked questions about:

  • teaching strategies
  • classroom management
  • student welfare
  • curriculum
  • professional standards.

The following resources may help you prepare for your interview:

Experienced teacher salary determination

For the purposes of establishing commencing salary rate at the time of employment, experienced teachers with relevant teaching service and/or pre-service care for a child may submit an application for salary determination.

You may submit an application for salary determination along with relevant supporting documentations via email to salarydetermination@det.nsw.edu.au within six months of the three prescribed salary determination points:

  • Approval to teach application
  • Acceptance of permanent appointment
  • For in-service casual or temporary teachers engaged from 27 January 2016 and has relevant teaching experience equivalent to full year/s (comprised of continuous one school term blocks) which has been completed since approval to teach was granted or their last engagement with the department.

Please note: Statements of service are not required for requests involving recognition of teaching experience in NSW public schools.

For non NSW public school teaching service, statements of service must be included as attachments for each period of teaching and must include dates worked; unpaid leave taken (or confirmation that none was taken) and full time equivalent or number of school days worked during the period. Any salary adjustments to be made following a salary determination will be effective from the first pay period commencing on or after the date a completed application is received by the department.

Information and related documents regarding salary determination are available at https://education.nsw.gov.au/about-us/jobs-and-opportunities/why-choose-us/salaries-and-allowances