There are few jobs that allow travellers to practically walk into a well-paid position, improve their long-term career prospects and feel good about themselves at the same time – so teachers are quite a lucky bunch really.

“Rates of pay vary across each state and sector,” says Select Education’s Louise White. “Generally a casual teacher in Sydney could expect to earn $200-plus per day.”

And the reality of actually landing a job that pays so well shouldn’t be just a pipedream.

White says: “There is always a high demand for teachers across Australia, especially casual teachers in Sydney.”

But, as anyone who has already worked as a teacher should know, you need to make sure all your paperwork is in order first.

“To have your qualifications accessed by each state you are generally required to submit your CV, qualifications, transcripts, visa/passport, birth certificate and current police clearances,” says White.

Also, be aware that while it’s taken as a given that you will need to hold a full teachingqualification, such as a Bachelor of Education or an equivalent, Australia has no national curriculum, meaning the qualification requirements vary between the states.

If you’ve got the right qualifications and all your paperwork is in order, then by far the most important thing to have is a willingness 
to be flexible – you will be sent wherever cover is needed, which may mean commuting to thesuburbs.

“In Sydney, we place teachers across a wide band of suburbs so teachers should be prepared to travel,” says White. “Along with a flexible attitude, they need to be prepared with resources as work is not always set.”