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Teacher aides

Teacher aides have an important role in state schools and help make a difference within the school community.

The department employs over 14,500 Teacher aides to support teaching and learning in Queensland State Schools.

Teacher aides make a difference in young people's lives by providing a wide range of support for students who need assistance to participate in educational activities and achieve learning outcomes.

What do they do?

Teacher aides work closely with teachers and non-teaching professionals to provide a wide range of support for students including:

Where do they work?

Teacher aides are employed to work in state schools across Queensland, including primary, secondary and special school settings. These schools are located within metropolitan, regional, rural and remote Queensland providing the opportunity for interested people to move across the state.

What attributes do they need?

Teacher aides need to have a keen interest in supporting educational activities and assisting students to achieve positive learning outcomes. Teacher aides should possess attributes including:

What qualifications do they need?

To be employed as a teacher aide in a Queensland state school, possession of a current 'Working with Children' Blue Card is required.

Teacher aides are not required to possess qualifications for their initial employment. Progression to higher level teacher aide roles requires:

Information about obtaining a Blue Card is available from The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian External Link.

Who do I contact if I want to study the Certificate III in Education Support?

TAFE Queensland offers the Certificate III in Education Support through a number of institutes state-wide.

For further information relating to course inquiries and the location of your nearest TAFE, please visit TAFE Queensland External Link.

What are the benefits of being a teacher aide?

What support will I receive?

The department promotes lifelong learning for all staff including:

What positions are currently available?

Employment opportunities for teacher aides can occur throughout the school year. Schools are responsible for the recruitment and selection of teacher aides and opportunities are advertised through:

Further information

To find out more about the responsibilities associated with the role of a teacher aide download the detailed position description, available on the department's website.

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This page was last reviewed on 11 Mar 2013

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