Report Shows British Teachers in Demand in Australia

October 30, 2015

In Australian Schools, the demand for UK teachers is particularly high. However, restrictions on Australian skilled immigration visas are making it difficult for employers to recruit UK teachers.

According to a report published by the Australian Council for Educational Research "Staff in Australian Schools" (SiAS), UK-born educators are the largest national group after Australian-born teachers. Approximately one in 17 secondary school teachers and one in 20 primary school teachers in Australia are British-born.

However, statistics published by Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection show that the number of temporary, Australian skilled working visas being issued to British teachers has declined rapidly in recent years. While 622 UK-born teachers were granted a visa in 2011-12, year-on-year this number has dropped. In 2012-13, the number had fallen to 589, declining again in 2013-14 when just 460 were issued. By 2014-15, the number granted had reached a low of 359. The temporary Work (Skilled) 457 visa is the most popular visa in this situation.

Many UK teachers are filling vacancies in remote locations where there's a real shortage of teachers. The majority would like to remain in the country longer, but they face restrictions when it comes to Australian skilled immigration visas. Generally, UK teachers are arriving on Australian skilled immigration visas to provide relief teaching or take up other short-term contracts.

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