Frequently asked questions

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​​General FAQs

Do I need to be Catholic?

Not necessarily. Where there is a genuine occupational requirement, such as full-time classroom teachers in Primary and teachers of religion and religion related subjects in Secondary, the teacher must be Catholic.               

               
Are all Catholic schools part of Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE)?

No, some Catholic schools are not owned and administered by BCE such as Religious Institute schools e.g. All Hallows, Marist College, Ashgrove. Please refer to "Find a Catholic school" for a list of our 146 BCE administered schools.                

                
What do Teachers and Graduates get paid?

At Brisbane Catholic Education we offer a competitive salary to our teaching faculty. Our early career teacher and established teacher salary scales can be foun​d here.​
               

               
​What religious units are recognised by BCE?

BCE expects that appointees to senior leadership positions in schools will hold, or be working towards, postgraduate qualifications in religious education, theology or Christian Leadership with a minimum of 8 units. For Principal positions, this qualification must be at a Masters level. The following courses are all recognised by BCE as constituting religious study. Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and is provided by way of example only. A list of recognised units can be fou​nd here.​
           

           

Application FAQs

How​ do I apply

All applications must be submitted online via Careers BCE. If you don't have an online account, the first time you apply for a vacancy you will be asked to create one. For any subsequent applications you will only need to log in using your email account and secure password. All online applications require you to write a 'Letter of Application' which takes the place of a 'cover letter' as well as uploading a current resume. However if there are difficulties with online submission or IT related issues, you can email the contact person listed on the advertisement or call our Recruitment Services team or call 3033 7476.
             

             
Can I apply after the closing date?

It is important to submit the application prior to the roles closing date. BCE will not necessarily accept late applications. Exceptions may be made if there are technical difficulties in uploading or responding to the selection criteria.                 

                
I'm having technical difficulties, who do I contact if I still need help applying?

For technical assistance please contact the BCE Service Desk.
              

                
What religious units or courses are recognised by BCE?

A list of courses that are recognised by BCE as constituting religious study can be found here. BCE expects that appointees to senior leadership positions in schools will hold, or be working towards, postgraduate qualifications in religious education, theology or Christian Leadership with a minimum of 8 units.  For Principal positions, the minimum qualification must be at a Masters level. 
                

                

Graduate ​FAQs

I missed the Graduate Teacher Program, can I still get a teaching job with BCE?

Yes. The Graduate Teacher Program is open to applications most of the year but is just one employment opportunity available. You can also apply for any advertised vacancy as well as register for relief teaching with BCE.
   
           

              
Do I need to be studying and graduating from an education degree this year?

Yes, to be eligible to apply to the Graduate Teacher Program, you must be graduating from a preservice education degree for the specific year of the program. E.g. A 2021 Graduate ​would be someone graduating mid or end of year 2022 and available to commence working mid 2022 or the beginning of the 2023 school year.              

              
Do I have to complete tertiary st​udy in Religious Education before I can work with BCE?

No. Please refer to the Teacher Accreditation Requirements page for more information.
         

         
Do I need to be stud​ying and graduating from an education degree this year?

Yes, to be eligible to apply to the Graduate Teacher Program, you must be graduating from a preservice education degree for the specific year of the program.  E.g. A 2023 Graduate would be someone graduating mid or end of year 2023 and available to commence working mid 2023 or the beginning of the 2024 school year.​​​
             

    
         
​​Antidiscrimination Legislation

The Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) provides an exemption from the provisions of the legislation where there are genuine occupational requirements of a position. In the case of employment with a religious entity, if the particular position genuinely and necessarily involves adhering to and communicating the entity's religious belief, then discrimination on the basis of the religious belief or religious activity would be appropriate.

Specifically the act states:

s 25 Genuine occupational requirements (1) A person may impose genuine occupational requirements for a position.
Examples of genuine requirements for a position:

  • Example 1— selecting an actor for a dramatic performance on the ​basis of age, race or sex for reasons of authenticity
  • Example 2— using membership of a particular political party as a criterion for a position as an adviser to a political party or a worker in the office of a member of Parliament
  • Example 3— considering only women applicants for a position involving body searches of women
  • Example 4— employing persons of a particular religion to teach in a school established for students of the particular religion

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