How to Migrate to Australia as an Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher

In this article, we will explain the Australian visa options for early childhood teachers and the PR Points for Early Childhood Teachers in Australia, as well as how we can best assist you in managing the migration journey.

Australia welcomes qualified Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher to migrate to Australia as there aren’t enough local early childhood teachers or preschool teachers to fill the gaps in the job market.

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher (ANZSCO code: 241111) is currently on the Medium & Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), with access to the broad range of Australian immigration visa programs.

In 2021, it has been announced that the Victorian Government is investing almost $5 billion over the decade to deliver Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. This investment will create an additional 6,000 teaching jobs across Victoria. In partnership with the Department of Education and Training, the Victorian Government now has defined the Workforce Skills Pathway to accept applications from eligible early childhood teachers for Victorian nominated skilled visas. In other words, even though Early Childhood (Pre-primary) Teacher is not within the target sector, the eligible applicants can still be selected to apply for state nomination 190 visa and 491 visa.



PR Points for early childhood teachers in Australia

Australian Visa Options for Qualified Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers may apply to work and/or to obtain permanent residency in Australia through one of the following visas:

For Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers, the most practical choices in the General Skilled Migration program are subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa and subclass 491 Skilled Regional (provisional) visa. The typical process is:

  1. Seeking professional migration advice about your eligibility for Australian visas and associated action plan
  2. Obtaining a satisfactory English test result to support your visa application
  3. Obtaining a positive Skills Assessment outcome for your nominated occupation
  4. Submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect
  5. Securing a State Nomination through a Registration of Interest (ROI) and a solid application for the state nomination
  6. Once state nomination has been approved, submit your visa application as soon as possible within 60 days

If you are interested in seeking migration through employment and aiming to apply for subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme visa or 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa, the process will be different to the general skilled migration above. Before you can apply for the visa, we must ensure the employer is an approved sponsor prior to them submitting the nomination application for you. For the 482 visa, the employer will also need to go through the labour market testing before they can nominate an overseas worker. It may sound complicated, but rest assured our experienced team at Ausdirect Migration will be able to provide you with all the assistance and guidance you need along the way.

PR points for Early Childhood Teachers in Australia 2021

For skilled migration, early childhood teachers must meet the minimum points requirement set by the Federal Government in legislative instrument Migration (LIN 19/210: Pool and Pass Marks for General Skilled Migration Visas) Instrument 2019 are as below:

The points include any point allocated through State Nomination and Family Sponsorship. However meeting the minimum points requirement may not be enough to apply for a skilled visa and a successful visa application also depends on the applicant satisfying a range of other criteria such as skills assessment, state nomination, character and medical examinations.

Skills assessment for Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher (ANZSCO code: 241111) 

In order to apply for a permanent residency visa or provisional skilled visas through general skilled migration program, you need to obtain a skills assessment. For early childhood (pre-primary school) teachers, skills assessment can be organised through The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher plans, organises and conducts activities to help pre-primary school students to develop a wide variety of skills including speech, reading, writing, motor skills and social interaction. Registration is not a requirement for early childhood teachers under the National Quality Framework (NQF) but some states and terrotory may require registration with The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

For the ANZSCO job definition and description, please read ANZSCO 241111 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher.

In order to apply for a skills assessment, you will need to provide the following documents: 

    • Current valid passport identity page and page opposites
    • 2 of the following additional identity documents (must be current and valid at the time of application): birth certificate, national identity card, official photo-bearing documents (E.g. driver licence or student ID)
    • Name Change Document (if you ever been known by or used any other name(s). Other name(s) include alternative spellings, patronymic name, maiden names, clan or tribal names)
    • Initial Teacher Education Qualification (including award certificate, academic transcript and evidence of supervised teaching practice)
    • Other Higher Education Qualifications (including award certificate and academic transcript)
    • Evidence of English Language Proficiency (an IELTS Test Report Form shows minimum score 7.0 for both Reading and Writing and minimum score 8.0 for both Speaking and Listening. Applicants who completed at least 4 full years of study in university in Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America resulting in qualification(s) equal to the education level of an Australian Bachelor degree or higher may be exempt. This study must include a recognised initial teacher education qualification.)

Based on the supporting documents you provided, the AITSL will assess if your educational qualification and/or work experience are at a recognised level and closely related to Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher.

Once you have your skills assessment is completed, AITSL will issue you an Assessment Outcome Letter. If it is a positive outcome, you may then submit your SkillSelect (EOI) and/or commencing the relevant processes to be considered for State Nomination.

Contact Ausdirect Migration today to discuss your eligibility for the Skills Assessment, as this is one of the most important steps of your immigration journey.


Skills assessment for other Teaching Skilled Occupations assessed by The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)

Besides Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher (241111), AITSL is also the assessing authority for other skilled occupations’ skills assessments. The list is as follows:

The occupations with * sign next to them, including Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher, are on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

The occupations with ** sign next to them are on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

English requirement for Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher

Another important task is to sit an English exam. The minimum English requirement for applying for general skilled migration is “Competent” level. You will need to provide evidence to prove that in the 3 years before being invited to apply for the visa, you have obtained satisfying scores on one of the following test:


Test Score
International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic or General Training) At least 6 for each of the 4 components
Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) At least 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 18 for speaking
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) At least 50 for each of the 4 components
Occupational English Test (OET) At least B for each of the 4 components
Cambridge C1 Advanced test At least 169 in each of the 4 components

If you hold a valid passport from the following countries, you will be deemed as having competent English and you will not need to take an English exam. The countries are the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, and Republic of Ireland.

Competent English is the minimum threshold for applying general skilled visas. If you can score higher grade, you will receive more points when lodging your Expression of Interest (EOI). If you are at proficient level, you will receive 10 points. If you are at superior level, you will receive 20 points. For work visas, please find the English requirements in the definition of 186 ENS visa, 482 TSS visa and 494 SESR visas directly.

Prospects of Being an Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher is in high demand with very strong future growth prospect in Australia. Early childhood teachers work across every location of Australia. They are mostly full-time workers but there are many opportunities to work part-time. The average working hour per week is 42 hours. According to a survey conducted by Glassdoor, the average salary for Mechanical engineer per year is $87,447 in Australia. Entry level positions start at a lower salary and will increase as one becomes more experienced.

 Popular Job Search Platforms in Australia

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Ausdirect Migration for Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher

Our team at Ausdirect Migration is extremely experienced in managing migration programs in relation to the Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher occupation. Our practice has provided top quality migration services to many teaching professionals globally and also schools in Australia. We have successfully assisted numerous international teachers obtaining their skilled visa. We are also working with many schools in Australia to provide sponsorship for international teachers. We look forward to hearing from you and the opportunity to work with you along your immigration journey to Australia. We are confident to say our team has the best understanding and experience in the teaching sector and the associated immigration programs in Australia.

Contact Ausdirect Migration today to tailor the best suitable option(s) for your migration, and we will assist you in navigating every step of the process during the journey.