Career Pathways in a Tropical Paradise

Career Pathways in a Tropical Paradise

Welcome to Paradise

Thank you for your interest in working with Cairns Catholic Education.

Our vision is to provide a world-class education for every student. To fulfill that vision, we need the best people to join our team. We value our staff and are committed to their professional development and career progression.

You don’t have to be Catholic to work in a Catholic school although teachers in our primary schools do need to be open to learning how to teach religion.


  • Surrounded by rainforest, pristine waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes and the Great Barrier Reef
  • Perfect climate for camping, hikes and exploring – a world away from the traffic and hustle and bustle of the capital cities and freezing-cold winters
  • Connected to Australian capital and regional cities, and the world, with a major domestic and international airport
  • Home to a huge variety of waterfront dining establishments, cafes and organic farm-to-table experiences
  • Wildlife, culture and adventures abound!
  • Affordable living and an accessible property market

The facts

  • Largest non-government employer in the region
  • Our 30 schools and colleges educate almost 11,500 students
  • Our diocese spans 377,000 km2, from Tully in the south, west to Dimbulah on the Atherton Tablelands, and north to Waibeni (Thursday Island) in the Torres Strait
  • Most of our schools are within a two-hour drive of Cairns
  • We offer our students a 21st Century education, with a very high 1-to-1 device ratio, tools to assist in blended learning, innovative practices and integrated learning environments

Why our catholic schools?

  • High standards of behaviour
  • Respect for self and others
  • Welcoming and supportive colleagues
  • Partnership with parents who want the best for their child
  • Be valued, recognise your true worth and know you’re making a difference
  • Career development and advancement opportunities
  • You don’t have to be Catholic to work in a Catholic school!

What we offer

  • Flexible working hour arrangements (for those positions where this applies)
  • Competitive salaries benchmarked to industry standards
  • Salary packaging and salary sacrificing options
  • Superannuation up to 12.75% employer contribution
  • Opportunities for career advancement
  • Portability of Long Service Leave entitlements – within and across education systems
  • Modern facilities and equipment
  • School year ends on the first Friday in December

It's about you

  • Graduate, HAT or LEAD teacher, aspiring or experienced leader – we want to hear from you!
  • We also welcome and value new non-teaching and professional staff, including support officers, groundsmen, guidance officers, occupational therapists and finance and administration officers, to name just a few.

Let's Go

If you’re ready to apply for a current vacancy now, head to our
Current Positions page.

If you would like to register your interest in working with Cairns Catholic Education, head to our Submit an Enquiry form now.

Let's Talk

If you have an enquiry or would like further information, complete the simple form below and someone will be in touch. Make a career move for the better!