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Relief Teaching in Queensland

Queensland is a big place.  There are a number of relief teaching positions. Relief Teaching positions are very competitive in the capital and more popular cities. There are few positions in smaller provincial towns but there is less competition for vacancies. The less popular areas are crying out for relief teachers. 

Teachers who wish to apply for relief teaching in Queensland should check the list of Queensland schools.

You should understand the regions and district for which you would like to be considered for relief teaching in Queensland.


Queensland is a big place. If you are applying for relief teaching in Queensland, the last thing you need is to apply for an area that you are not prepared to go.

Queensland produces a spreadsheet listing all the schools their geographical location and educational districts. It is handy tool to locate specific schools in specific geographical locations.

if you want to do relief teaching in Queensland, I always suggest contacting schools directly. This spreadsheet will show you all the schools in all the geographical areas like  Townsville, Mackay even Gladstone.


One you have found the school, add the geographical area to your form, but then either contact the school by mail, email or directly by person

Eligibility for Teacher Employment in Queensland


To be eligible to teach in Queensland, applicants must obtain teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.

To inquire about teacher registration, contact:
Queensland College of Teachers
Sherwood House
Toowong Qld 4066
Telephone (07) 3377 4777

Applicants in their final year of a preservice teacher education program should apply for registration during the final semester of their preservice teacher education program.

Relief Teaching Graduates

Applications from graduates of Queensland Higher Education Institutes will be finalised once the Queensland College of Teachers has been advised by the Institution that all program requirements have been attained.

Teachers wishing to seek employment as a teacher in a Queensland state school must undertake the department's application for teacher employment process.

The application process aims to identify an applicant's suitability for employment as a teacher in a Queensland state school. The application process in conjunction with the assessment process assists in ensuring the most suitable applicant is appointed to each vacancy.

relief teaching in queensland

Application Process

The process provides all applicants the opportunity to demonstrate and detail their:


  • professional knowledge and academic achievement
  • professional experience
  • work and life experience
  • community commitment.


The application for teacher employment process consists of three elements:


  • completion of the Application for Teacher Employment form
  • submission of a Professional Folio
  • attendance at an Interview.



Teachers should download the document outlining expectations of graduate teachers.

Australian Standards

The application for teacher employment process draws upon the Professional Standards for Queensland Teachers established by the Queensland College of Teachers External Link. The standards describe the abilities, knowledge, understandings and professional values that teachers in Queensland schools must demonstrate.

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) comprise:

Standard 1: Know students and how they learn

Standard 2: Know the content and how to teach it

Standard 3: Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

Standard 4: Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments

Standard 5: Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning

Standard 6: Engage in professional learning

Standard 7: Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community.

Qld College of Teachers

Eligibility for Teacher Employment in Queensland
To be eligible to teach in Queensland, applicants must obtain teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.

To inquire about teacher registration, contact:
Queensland College of Teachers
Sherwood House
Toowong Qld 4066
Telephone (07) 3377 4777

Relief Teaching in Queensland

Good luck. Be aware of that relief teaching in Queensland attracts different pay rates and conditions differ from other states.

Relief Teaching in Queensland can often be a great precursor to full time employment.

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