JET Programme

The 2020 JET Programme Applications are now CLOSED. 

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is designed to promote mutual understanding between Japan and other nations, foster international exchange at the local level and enhance foreign language education in Japan.

There are two types of positions*:
⇨ Assistant Language Teacher (ALT)
assisting in English language education in Japanese schools (teaching experience and Japanese language ability not essential).
⇨ Coordinator for International Relations (CIR)
assisting in international activities carried by Japanese local government offices (high level of Japanese language ability required).
*Contracts for both position types are for a minimum of 1 year and start in April (some) or July (majority).

Want to know more?
Please contact the JET Programme Coordinator below.
Tel: 03 9679 4510 or Email:

Further information is also available on the JET Programme website.

The scheduled time-line for the 2020 JET Programme recruitment are as follows:
  • Applications are due on Friday 15 November 2019 for reviews by the Embassy of Japan in Canberra. Notification of progression to the interview stage will be given in January 2020 to successful applicants and the interviews will be held between the end of January and the beginning of February 2020 in Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide.
  • Applicants selected for April departure will be short-listed and announced in March 2020. Other interview results will be announced in April 2020 (i.e., notification will be sent to those applicants selected as either a shortlisted participant or alternate for September departure, as well as to those who are not selected). Applicants selected for April departure will arrive in Japan on Sunday 12 April 2020. Placement notification will be sent in May 2020 to those applicants selected for September departure, who will then arrive in Japan on Wednesday 9 September 2020.

* Due to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games starting in July 2020, departures for the 2020 JET Programme Participants will be in September. For the 2021 JET Programme Participants, the departure time will be late July 2021.

* Please note that applicants must be an Australian citizen (i.e., an Australian passport holder, not just a permanent resident) where recruitment and selection procedures will take place. Interviews are not conducted outside Australia, including Japan.