Each Australian state has its own educational system; educators choose the state in which they wish to exchange. As well, there is a large private school system with whom we also work.
Australian exchanges usually take place during their school year (approx. February 1 until the Christmas Break). Canadian secondary school teachers in semestered schools exchange towards the end of the first semester. In non-semestered schools, the exchange would begin either at the beginning of January or at a mutually agreed upon time in January. In elementary schools, the incoming Australian teacher may take over a class on the first day of school in January or in Ontario, it may be later in the month of January but before January 20th to allow for the reporting period. The Canadian teacher begins in Australia usually between January 27th and Feb. 1st.
Occasionally an exchange to Australia can be arranged on our school year.