ANZSCO 241511 - Registered Migration Australia

A Special Needs Teacher teaches one or more subjects within a prescribed curriculum to middle school or intermediate school students and promotes students' social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. Registration or licensing is required. In Australia a Special Needs Teacher is a Skill Level 1 occupation.



  • Behaviour Support Teacher 
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Group: 2415 Special Education Teachers





Special Needs Teacher job description - Registered Migration Australia

The job of a Special Needs Teacher in Australia is to teach one or more subjects within a prescribed curriculum to secondary school students and promote students' social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.



  • assessing students' abilities and limitations with regard to intellectual, physical, social and emotional disabilities, exceptional intellectual gifts, or specific problems of language and culture
  • planning, organising and implementing special programs to provide remedial or advanced tuition
  • administering various forms of assessment and interpreting the results
  • teaching basic academic subjects, and practical and self-help skills to hearing and sight impaired students
  • devising instructional materials, methods and aids to assist in training and rehabilitation
  • advising, instructing and counselling parents and teachers on the availability and use of special techniques
  • stimulating and developing interests, abilities, manual skills and coordination
  • conferring with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons for special needs students
  • preparing and maintaining student data and other records and submitting reports


Skill Level
Most occupations in the Special Needs Teacher unit group (Group 2415) have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).


Registration or licensing as a Special Needs Teacher is required in Australia.


Occupations within the Special Needs Teacher Group


Note: Whilst a similar occupation may appear in the same Special Needs Teacher group, if not specifically listed in the STSOL or MLTSSL, the ANZSCO description should be used for reference purposes only.


English Requirement


  • IELTS result with a minimum score of 6 (L, R, W), 7 in speaking and 7 overall;
  • OET result with a minimum grade B in all sections;
  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum score (L:12 R:13 W:21 S:23 overall L93);
  • PTE Academic with a minimum score of 50 (L, R, W), 65 in speaking and 65 overall


  • Australian Graduate exceptions apply in some states/territories
  • Priority Skilled Lists may apply a specific requirement in some states/territories
  • Countries exempt from submitting IELTS or OET include the UK; Canada; New Zealand; US; and Ireland


Where mandatory licensing or registration is required you must demonstrate a level of English either sufficient to meet licensing / registration or a minimum IELTS, or equivalent, whichever is higher.



Assessment Authority


  • Special Needs Teacher is currently assessed with AITSL - (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership); more info regarding assessment bodies.


Average Income

The average salary for a Special Needs Teacher in Australia is $ 68,874 per year. Average Age: Males: Females: Persons: 42.2

Source: www.abs.gov.au (Group 2415) Special education teachers - Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2016


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