Teaching in Canberra

Interested in Teaching in Canberra?

The ACT Education Directorate visits universities each year during semester 1 to talk with education students about teaching in Canberra. To find out more about our visiting schedule, please contact the ACT EDU Teacher Recruitment team on 02 6205 9284.

Canberra offers a quality learning and teaching environment. Our public schools are creative communities, located on extensive grounds with first rate facilities. In fact our schools are capital in every sense.

Teaching in Canberra means innovation, inspiration and integrity. Our schools are modern, well equipped and supportive for all students. We offer schools with traditional models, different structures, special schools and learning environments that cater for individual needs of all children.

A unique feature - school based curriculum –brings teamwork and collaboration into the agenda. Teachers value the opportunities to learn from each other and build supportive networks across sectors. We embrace opportunities to build learning environments using cutting edge technologies.

Our public schools reflect the emerging technologies of the 21st century by offering interactive whiteboards, broadband networks and teacher training to provide engaging learning opportunities for all students.

Schools endorse inclusion, recognising the strengths of students and create programs that support and challenge students to reach their potential. We educate students to be articulate, future thinking and team players, highly conversant in emotional literacies to be global citizens.

In the national capital we celebrate teaching and learning. Dancefest, Step into the Limelight, band programs, interschool sporting competitions, Science in Schools, Book Week, Literacy and Numeracy Week all celebrate the quality of our teaching and learning achievements.

Supporting Our Teachers

We provide high level support to new educators and offer extensive training and support. We believe that “excellent teachers = excellent opportunities for every child to learn and grow”. In Canberra, we place great importance on education, training and a zest for life long learning.

We offer excellent superannuation schemes, competitive salaries and packaging, generous leave entitlements, staff welfare services, mobility and flexibility for teachers to teach across the different sectors. Mobility allows teachers to move around schools and across sectors. An initial placement is for a maximum of five years and placements thereafter are for eight years.

Resources, Resources

Canberra boasts some of the nation’s most famous resources through its national institutions, stunning landmarks and international standard amenities situated around magnificent parklands and open spaces.

There is something for everyone when you live and teach in Canberra. Teachers have direct access to the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, the National Museum of Australia, the National Zoo and Aquarium, the National Botanic Gardens, Tidbinbilla and Cotter River Nature Reserve, Canberra Theatre and the Australian Institute of Sport. With such rich resources so close, who wouldn’t be excited about incorporating them into learning programs?


Clean air, caring communities, cosmopolitan living and country lifestyle, blend to make this part of Australia a capital choice in which to live and teach.

Teaching in Canberra is a Lifestyle Choice

Coming to Canberra means you will have access to the good life and enjoy relaxed living. You will appreciate the uncongested road system and the meandering country drives. You will love the variety of restaurants and cafes. You will relish quiet walks around the lake and nights when the skies light up. You will have choice in major shopping retail centres or the convenience of the local shops. You will appreciate these unique features within our territory, but there is so much more to offer!

Experience the four seasons in extravagant colour, the breadth of our cultural life and splendour of our festivals. Only hours to the coast, Sydney, wineries and the snow…living in Canberra is not just one lifestyle, but many.

Teaching in Canberra is Certainly a Capital Choice!

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