JET Programme

The 2021 JET Programme Applications have 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).
* Due to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games starting in July 2021, departures for the 2021 JET Programme Participants will be in September 2021.

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 2021 JET Programme recruitment are as follows:
  • Application closing date is Friday 11 December 2020 for reviews by the Embassy of Japan in Canberra. Notification of progression to the interview stage will be given in late January 2021 to successful applicants and the interviews will be held in late February and early March 2021 in Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide.
  • Applicants selected for early departure will be short-listed and announced in April 2021. Other interview results will also be announced in April 2021 (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 unsuccessful). Applicants selected for early departure will arrive in Japan after Sunday 11 April 2021 and before September 2021. Placement notification will be sent in June 2021 to those applicants selected for September departure, who will then arrive in Japan on Wednesday 8 September 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.