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Information for exchange teachers coming to NSW

Many teachers from overseas come to NSW to work as a school teacher as part of an exchange program. To work as an exchange teacher in NSW, you need to become accredited by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES).

An exchange program allows teachers from overseas to participate in an exchange program with teachers from NSW. Typically this involves teachers swapping jobs with each other.

Apply for Provisional or Conditional Accreditation

As an exchange teacher you are still required to be accredited by BOSTES. You must apply for Provisional or Conditional Accreditation online and by posting us your academic qualifications – ideally before you start your exchange position.

Apply for Provisional or Conditional Accreditation

Read the document checklist

What if your academic documents are in another language?

If any of your qualifications are in a language other than English you will need to provide certified copies of both the original documents, as well as certified copies of translations of the documents. The translation must be done by an accredited translator. In Australia, the documents must be translated by a person accredited with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

More about translation of documents

Accreditation fees

As an exchange teacher you will not be required to pay the annual accreditation fee.  If you receive an accreditation fee invoice, please email or call us on 1300 739 338 (within Australia).

More information

If you have a question please email or call us on 1300 739 338 (within Australia) or +61 2 9268 6300 (from overseas).