The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme 2020 for Australians (Funded)

DEADLINE: 5PM Friday 15 November 2019 (AEDT)


The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (hereinafter, Programme) seeks to enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between the people of Japan and Australia

The Programme aims to enhance foreign language education and promote international exchange at the local level through the fostering of ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth alike.
The objectives of the Programme are being achieved by offering JET Programme participants (hereinafter, Participant(s)) the opportunity to serve in local authorities as well as public and private elementary, junior high, and senior high schools in Japan.


The cost of transportation from the Participant’s origin to Japan, as well as remuneration, will be funded by the tax payers of Japan via the Contracting Organisation where the Participant is appointed. Because Participants serve as civil servants and private school staff members of their Contracting Organisations, they are required to observe rules and behave responsibly.

Withdrawal from the Programme after receipt of assignment or early termination of participation should be avoided as it causes numerous problems for Contracting Organisations, in addition to severely impacting the administration of the Programme itself.

1. Assistant Language Teachers (ALT)
Participants engaged in language instruction. ALTs are placed mainly in local boards of education, elementary, junior high, and senior high schools.

Participants who are mainly assigned to boards of education, elementary, junior high, or senior high schools are to carry out their duties as ALTs under the guidance of language teachers’ consultants or Japanese teachers of the foreign language as specified by the supervisor and/or principal of the board of education and/or school. The following is a general outline of duties, though they may vary from one Contracting Organisation to another.
(1) Assistance in foreign language classes, etc. taught in elementary, junior high and senior high schools.
(2) Assistance in foreign language activities, etc. in elementary schools.
(3) Assistance in preparation of materials for teaching a foreign language.
(4) Assistance in language training for teachers of a foreign language, etc.
(5) Cooperation in extracurricular activities and club activities (see Note 1).
(6) Provision of information on language and other related subjects for people such as teachers’ consultants and foreign language teachers (e.g. word usage, pronunciation, etc.).
(7) Cooperation in foreign language speech contests.
(8) Cooperation in local international exchange activities.
(9) Other duties as deemed necessary by the supervisor or the school principal.

Remuneration per annum is approximately \3,360,000 in the first year, \3,600,000 in the second year, and \3,900,000 in the third year. The sums above are reflective of one year of participation in the Programme based on the designated remuneration. Therefore, in the case where the period of participation is less than one year, the amount of remuneration will also be less than the above according to the length of the period of participation. In addition, in the case where a Participant who is deemed to have excellent work ability by the Contracting Organisation exceeds 3 years, the remuneration will be approximately \3,960,000 in both the fourth and the fifth year. This remuneration is a sufficient amount to cover average living expenses in Japan.


Mailing Address:
The JET Desk, Embassy of Japan, 112 Empire Circuit Yarralumla ACT 2600

Applications must arrive at the Embassy of Japan in Canberra by the above deadline. Late applications will not be accepted. For more information, please contact The JET Desk on (02) 6273 3244 or [email protected]

For information sessions in other cities, please contact your nearest Consulate-General of Japan.

Applicants in New South Wales: Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney

Applicants in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia: Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne

Applicants in Queensland: Consulate-General of Japan in Brisbane

Applicants in Western Australia: Consulate-General of Japan in Perth

The 2020 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme –

Application guidelines, application form, and supplementary forms

1. Application Checklist – IMPORTANT
Please refer to this checklist when compiling your application
2020 JET Programme Application Checklist

2. Frequently Asked Questions
Please refer to the FAQs before contacting The JET Desk
2020 JET Programme Frequently Asked Questions

3. Application Guidelines
Please read the application guidelines thoroughly before completing your application
2020 JET Programme Application Guidelines

4. Application and Supplementary Forms
2020 JET Programme Application Form
2020 JET Programme Applicant Self-Report of Medical Conditions
2020 JET Programme Reference Form
2020 JET Programme Authorisation and Release Form
2020 JET Programme Certificate of Health
2020 JET Programme Statement of Physician

5. Statement of Purpose (Essay) Guide
Please refer to this guide when writing your Statement of Purpose (essay)
2020 JET Programme Statement of Purpose (Essay) Guide

6. Application Form Chart Sheet
Please refer to this chart sheet when completing your application
2020 JET Programme Application Form Chart Sheet

For more Information: Visit the website for The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme 2020 for Australians (Funded)

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