FAQ's

General

Do I have to be a Catholic to work or teach in a Catholic School in the Townsville Diocese?

It is important to TCEO that the Catholic identity and ‘ethos' of each school is maintained. This is assisted by having as many committed Catholics as possible on the staff. However, people who are not Catholics but who would feel at home in a Catholic school environment and who would support the school's ethos by word and deed are welcome to apply for positions.

 Do I need to be already living in the region to be considered for a position?

No, we appoint people from all around Australia and overseas, if they are the best person for the vacant role.

Can I submit an application after the closing date?

We will accept applications after the closing date, but you will not be guaranteed an interview.

 Teaching and Supply/Relief Teaching

 What are the requirements to apply as a teacher with Townsville Catholic Education?

You must be registered or eligible for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers. Other requirements are detailed in the application package, which may be accessed from the Vacancies section of our website.

 Do I need to have qualifications to teach Religious Education?

To teach Religious Education in a Catholic school, teachers need to be accredited to teach Religion. To gain this accreditation, teachers are required to complete the equivalent of four semester units of study in areas of theology, spirituality, Catholic education or religious education. Teachers are usually given provisional accreditation to teach Religious Education provided they undertake to gain full accreditation within five years of being appointed. Further information can be found on in the Accreditation to Teach section of this website

 How can I register as a teacher looking for employment, or register for supply teaching?

You can register for information by submitting your details online.

 Do I need to be accredited if I only want to do a few days supply teaching every so often?

No, not if you work as a supply teacher only (ie you are employed on an intermittent basis to relieve a teacher absent from work or to meet a short term staffing need)

 If I do not yet have my Qld College of Teachers' Registration am I still able to register with you?

Yes and you will need to indicate that your registration is pending.

 Do I need to re-apply for full time employment after having only applied for supply?

There is no need to re-apply. If you have not indicated full-time work on your application you will have to contact us to change your preference.

 Do I have to register for teaching in Queensland if I have registration in another Australian state or in another country?

Registration with the Queensland College of Teachers is a requirement of employment. Some states have mutual recognition and the actual registration should not take too long to be processed in those instances.

 What if I am interested in part-time teaching?

When you are completing your application form you need to indicate that you wish to apply for part-time employment.

 How do I find out which schools have teaching positions available?

Vacancies in the Primary Schools are handled by Townsville Catholic Education Office and are filled from a list of potential employees we hold. Principals have access to this list and, when a vacancy arises, will usually interview several teachers from this list before making an appointment. Teachers' names are placed on the list after they have satisfactorily completed an interview with an Education Consultant or other senior representative/s of Townsville Catholic Education Office. Teachers may approach individual Principals and advise them of their availability for work but still must go through the interview/listing process with Townsville Catholic Education Office before a Principal may offer them a position. Where necessary interviews with Townsville Catholic Education Office personnel and even with Principals may take place by telephone.

 Vacancies in the Secondary Schools are advertised on the website Vacancies section, as well as in the Townsville Bulletin or sometimes the Brisbane Courier Mail. These positions are handled by the individual schools.

 I have not completed Student Protection Training in Queensland may I still apply?

It is a requirement for all of our staff to have completed the Long Course Student Protection Training. Short course training will suffice in the first instance. You are still able to apply for positions without this, but will have to undertake this training before you can start work. We can organise this through our office.

 Can I send my application to be included in the Staffing process if I have not got all of my documentation (eg. Qld College of Teacher Registration certificate, teaching degree)?

You can still forward your application with whatever information you do have, just indicate that your teacher registration or degree is pending, and when you receive it you just need to forward onto us to complete your application.

 Are there incentives when teaching in remote areas?

Yes, we do offer incentives such as remote area payments, reduced rental, assistance with relocation costs, and in some instances accelerated long service leave, enhanced superannuation and return airfares and accommodation. Variations occur depending on the length of service in remote areas.