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Careers at TAFE NSW

At TAFE NSW, we are dedicated to life-changing impact. That’s why we’re the leading provider of vocational education and training in Australia, delivering the skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Life-changing impact doesn’t happen by itself. It starts with an incredible team who see their career as an opportunity to shape someone’s world – whether we’re inspiring students, supporting each other, or helping our communities and industries flourish. That’s why we invest in our people – ensuring they have access to an inclusive, flexible work environment, ongoing training and professional development, wellbeing programs and positions spanning 130+ locations across NSW.

It’s a career that allows you to transform someone’s world - as well as your own. Are you ready for a career of life-changing impact?


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Teach at TAFE NSW opportunities

Work at TAFE NSW opportunities

Share your passion for your industry and build the skills, qualifications and employability of people in NSW. Benefit from excellent conditions and work/life balance while supporting and encouraging students towards their career goals.

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Becoming a Teacher

As a Registered Training Organisation TAFE NSW educators must meet ASQA’s standards.

To apply for a teaching role you must have:

  • a nationally recognised qualification in the discipline in which you want to teach
  • between three and five years industry experience (depending on the industry)
  • a relevant education qualification

The Benefits

  • Share your knowledge and skills to develop the future workforce
  • Enjoy a career change
  • Benefit from a good salary
  • Excellent conditions and work/life balance
  • Take pride in student achievements and outcomes
  • Varied educational career path

Your Day to Day

  • Teach students face-to-face in classrooms and online
  • Support students 1:1
  • Issue, mark and provide feedback on assessments
  • Student administration, including marking rolls and recording results
  • Maintain relationships with local industry and employers
  • Stay current with industry practice
  • Students need to be assessed to ensure that they have the skills/knowledge needed to be deemed competent for each subject, and ultimately the qualification
  • Assessors specialise in assessment. They work with teachers to write, facilitate and mark assessments
  • Assessors do not teach
  • The qualification needed by Assessors is a subset of the qualification needed by a teacher
  • Education Support Officers support students by maintaining a close relationship with them
  • They provide industry specific and general guidance
  • They support teachers by assisting in the classroom with discipline specific support of students
  • Education Support Officers do not teach

Teach at TAFE NSW

Share your skills and passion for your industry and inspire the next generation of students.

If you’re looking to transition to a teaching career, TAFE NSW is currently offering qualified industry experts with 3-5 years’ experience the opportunity to gain the mandatory Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40116 (TAE) qualification via two options:

Fast track becoming a TAFE NSW Teacher via our 14-week fulltime Paid to Learn program, where you will be paid to learn.

At successful completion of your TAE course, and post qualification, you are guaranteed a permanent role as a TAFE NSW Teacher.

Teacher Scholarship

The Scholarship program covers the cost of your TAE course through a fully funded, fee-free enrolment and, done this way, takes up to 18 months to complete.

At successful completion of your TAE course, and post qualification, you may be offered a casual or part time TAFE NSW Teacher role.

TAFE NSW Teaching Areas

If you’re considering becoming a TAFE NSW teacher, the Teacher Scholarship may be available.

Teacher scholarship for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

TAFE NSW is looking for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals with extensive experience in their industry to participate in the Teacher Scholarship Program and to join our team of Teachers at TAFE NSW.

We are now offering Scholarship positions for the Trainer and Assessment qualification, which enables key industry professionals to become Teachers in the vocational sector. A position in the Scholarship program not only includes Fee-Free enrolment into the course, but also the guarantee of employment as a casual TAFE Teacher once qualified.

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Aboriginal Employment

TAFE NSW is committed to growing and developing a talented and adaptable Aboriginal workforce. We have opportunities for Aboriginal people right across the organisation in a wide range of roles and at all levels – from trainees to managers and executive roles.

Find out more about our Aboriginal Employment opportunities

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Michelle Kennedy

Early Childhood & Education Support

Why did you become a TAFE NSW Teacher?

I have always been dedicated to education, having taught children for many years. When the opportunity arose for me to expand and transfer that passion to adult education through the TAE scholarship program, I felt it was a natural 'next step' in my career progression. I really appreciate the strong sense of camaraderie, purpose and support I have found working as a TAFE NSW teacher.

What was the main incentive?

I like the flexibility that TAFE teaching provides, having the opportunity to teach during the day or in the evenings around other commitments. Sharing my knowledge and experience with others who are just starting their career does bring me immense job satisfaction. It’s a great feeling knowing I am supporting and encouraging students towards their individual educational and career goals.

What does a typical day look like?

A typical day for me generally starts with checking email for student and colleague correspondence. There is also planning and preparation of learning sessions and marking of assessments. The majority of my day is mostly dedicated to delivering learning sessions, connecting with students and supporting them to develop their knowledge and skills. If I can encourage students to feel 'at home' in the classroom and leave them feeling that they are an important part of the learning community – then I have had a good day!

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Kylie Tarleton

Kylie Tarleton

Head of Education and Training Strategy TAFE NSW

Why did you become a TAFE NSW Teacher?

I became a TAFE Teacher because I wanted to give students the opportunities that I was afforded through my trade. I also wanted to lead therapists in to a dynamic industry and to offer a broader perspective. I got to travel the world with my craft, and live experiences that I never thought possible by working on cruise ships, managing world class spas and salons around the world.

What was the main incentive?

The main incentive of being a TAFE Teacher was the satisfaction of seeing people succeed, being able to provide feedback and seeing people try again if needed. The ability to demonstrate a skill and transfer knowledge, and see people develop their own technique is rewarding. I was mindful I was a role model to many young Aboriginal people, and I could assist in making their dreams come true also.

What does a typical day look like?

Class preparation, setting up a simulated salon, delivering knowledge and demonstrating skills sets. I then watch learners practice the skills they learned and would assess those skills, adjusting learning plans individually for students to help them succeed. I wanted to create a class room where no one was compared, that equal opportunity existed, where learners could enter a skill at different points and all achieve their goals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

TAFE Careers can be contracted by:


  • A brief cover letter (if required)
  • A current resume | Download Resume Template
  • Responses to targeted questions
  • Providing a written response that addresses the targeted questions forms a specific part of the selection process
  • Two referee contact details

The Essential Requirements describes the knowledge, skills and capabilities required to perform the duties of the position and can be found in the position description.

For permanent jobs in the NSW Public Sector, you need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. For most temporary jobs, you need a visa that gives you permission to work in Australia.

If the position you are applying for requires academic qualifications, certificates or licenses, certified copies are to be brought with you to the interview, should you progress. Alternatively, the original documents can be brought and sighted by the interview panel. The academic and professional qualifications of candidates recommended for the appointment talent pool may be verified by the convener of the selection panel with the relevant issuing institution.

In addition, if you are successful, you will be required to undertake a National Criminal Records Check to determine suitability for employment. A person who is unwilling to give consent cannot be employed.

Following submission of your application, you may be contacted by the TAFE NSW Recruitment Team to conduct a telephone screening in relation to your application. You may be asked what your reasons for applying are, and other questions in relation to your skills and experience.

If you are successful in your application for the role, you are required to obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) Clearance as a condition of employment.

Referee reports form an important part of the selection process. Applicants are required to provide the details of at least two referees with their application. The following information must be included when providing your referee detail:

  • Current and/or previous position title
  • The referee's relationship to you (e.g. direct supervisor, team leader, senior manager within your organisation)
  • Contact details, including email and telephone number/s

TAFE NSW is an inclusive employer that is committed to fostering a diverse workforce in which uniqueness is valued and everyone has the opportunity to share their skills and represent their communities. Our diverse candidates will experience a fair and merit based recruitment process and we will make any adjustments needed, both in the recruitment process and on the job.