Work in our Schools > Requirements

Our teachers strive to engage students, cater for their individual differences, and aim towards improving students' learning outcomes.

Catholic Education Melbourne advertises vacancies on behalf of schools but each school selects and recruits its own staff, apart from principal positions which are managed by CEM. Additionally, schools also advertise vacancies in print and online platforms.

View current vacancies in our schools and/or at Catholic Education Melbourne.

Principal vacancies

Applicants applying for principal positions will need to obtain an information pack from the relevant Regional Office which is advised in the details of the position. Primary principal applications are advertised and managed by Catholic Education Melbourne, while secondary principal vacancies are generally handled by a recruitment agency who manages the application process.


Registration as a teacher in Victoria

All teachers in Victoria must hold current teacher registration through the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) whether you work in the Catholic, government or independent sector. The VIT’s role is to maintain high standards of professional practice for teacher registered in Victoria and to support teachers to meet those standards. For more information, visit the VIT website.


Working with Children

Passing a Working with Children (WWC) Check is a legal requirement for everyone in Victoria doing paid or voluntary child-related work who does not qualify for an exemption. For more information visit Victorian Governments' Working with Children Check website.


Accreditation to teach in a Catholic school
It is vital for the effectiveness of the Catholic school community that all members understand the distinctive purpose and mission of Catholic schools. Principals and teachers need therefore to be accredited to teach in a Catholic school. In pursuing accreditation to teach in a Catholic school, staff will develop a deeper understanding not only of the nature of the school as part of the Church’s mission but also of their roles as members of staff. It is expected that accreditation requirements will be met within five years of beginning teaching in a Catholic school in Victoria.

There are 2 categories of accreditation:
  • Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School - for secondary teachers not teaching RE and specialist primary teachers not teaching in the classroom
  • Accreditation to Teach Religious Education in a Catholic School - for secondary Religious Education teachers and all primary classroom teachers.
For more detailed information about accreditation requirements pertaining to teachers employed in schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, read the Accreditation page.

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