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January 4 - 7, 2020

Kendell, Nick

Fair Organizer:
Nick Kendell

January 4 - 7, 2020


Fair Organizer: Nick Kendell


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Welcome to Summer in Melbourne and the Search Associates International Job Fair.

Thank you for your interest in the Melbourne 2020 Fair.

Registrations for schools will open June 1st and registration for teachers will open July 1st, 2019.


This has consistently been one of the most successful Search Associates Fairs in terms of placement ratios, so teaching candidates have an early opportunity to impress the schools and recruiters at the beautiful InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto. Teachers who receive invitations to this fair are passionate about their students and have a proven track record.


Click on the tab, 'Schools Attending' on this page, for an up-to-date record of registered schools. This list will grow as schools finalise their hiring needs. Check back frequently to see the school list which will automatically update as schools register to attend, and/or cancel their attendance.

We anticipate around 50 international schools will be in attendance and approximately 150-200 candidates.


  • Extremely friendly and collegial fair.
  • The majority of candidates have had inquiry-based teaching in Australia and New Zealand. 
  • The number of schools attending the Fair will remain capped at approximately 50 of the best institutions invited worldwide in order to keep the ratio of teachers to schools at 1:4.
  • The highest percentage of teachers placed each year (In the past almost 70% of teachers attending the fair have walked away with a job, and 80% of teachers received an offer).

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It is important to note that the growth of the international school market is exponential and each year we are seeing a considerable number of new schools coming 'on line' and looking to recruit teaching staff. There is, naturally, a very wide quality spectrum of schools available for candidates to consider and we can help candidates chart their way through this vital exercise in a number of ways.

Firstly, schools attending the Melbourne fair have to be first of all registered with Search Associates. Roughly 10% of all schools listing themselves as providing international education, worldwide, are currently registered with Search Associates. This is the product of clear policy by our company to work with a certain type of schools. Each applicant school has to undertake a rigorous process of screening before it is accepted.  As a registered candidate at the Melbourne Fair you can expect specific advice regarding schools which are of interest to you.


This is a very difficult question to answer as there are always exceptions to the rule. Teachers in specialist fields have the best chances of success due to a smaller teacher supply in relation to the number of jobs. Specialist areas include: music, art, library, early childhood, science and mathematics, and advanced level teachers (such as IB Diploma, AP, GCE A-Level). Specialists do have an advantage over English and ESL teachers, fields in which the supply is large, but schools are always looking for outstanding teachers in all areas.  Also in high demand:  educators who have flexibility and the willingness to work in sometimes challengingly different professional environments. However, any teachers with a proven track record and a passion for student learning can succeed at this fair.

Teachers without recognised professional training and teaching certification / qualification will find it difficult to secure placements at this Fair.

Please contact Nick kendell for more information.

We would love to see you there!



The team from Expat Property Planners will be attending the Melbourne fair and be able to assist you with any questions or planning for your adventure abroad.   



Here is a list of schools who attended the Melbourne Fair last year, and we generally have a similar line up each year.



Country School Name
Australia Nick Kendell Academy
Bangladesh American International School Dhaka
Brazil The Pan American School of Porto Alegre
China Beijing International Bilingual Academy - Beijing Campus
China Innova Academy
China International School of Beijing
China International School of Tianjin
China Keystone Academy
China Nanjing International School
China Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School
China Suzhou Singapore International School
China The Affiliated High School of Peking University - Dalton Academy
China Wellington College International Hangzhou
China Wellington College International Tianjin
China Western International School of Shanghai
China/Hong Kong The Independent Schools Foundation Academy
China/Hong Kong Victoria Educational Organisation
Egypt Hayah International Academy, Cairo
Germany International School of Stuttgart e.V.
Indonesia Global Jaya School
Indonesia Sekolah Ciputra, Surabaya
Korea Branksome Hall Asia
Korea Chadwick International School, Songdo (Incheon)
Mongolia International School of Ulaanbaatar
Philippines International School Manila
Qatar Qatar Academy Doha
Qatar Qatar Academy Msheireb
Qatar Qatar Academy Sidra
Romania American International School of Bucharest
Saudi Arabia MiSK Schools
Saudi Arabia Nün Academy, Kunskapsskolan Jeddah
Saudi Arabia Riyadh International School for Boys & Girls
Saudi Arabia The KAUST School
Singapore Chatsworth International School - Singapore
Singapore GEMS World Academy (Singapore)
South Africa American International School of Johannesburg
Taiwan Taipei Kuei Shan School
Tanzania International School of Tanganyika, Dar-es-Salaam
Turkey MEF International Schools, Istanbul
Turkey The Koc School
United Arab Emirates Australian International School Sharjah
United Arab Emirates GEMS International School, Dubai
United Arab Emirates GEMS World Academy - Dubai
United Arab Emirates Greenfield Community School, Dubai
United Arab Emirates The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys
United Arab Emirates Uptown School, Dubai
United Arab Emirates Victoria International School of Sharjah
Vietnam Australian International School, Vietnam
Vietnam Hanoi International School
Vietnam Renaissance International School Saigon


"After sending numerous letters and CV's and completing many of the schools online application processes and not getting anything back except the occasional auto response, it was great to come the fair; the heads of some fantastic schools were there and ready to seriously consider candidates and offer positions." - Mark
"A whirlwind few days, but professionally run and with a spirit of friendliness and helpfulness that shone through." - Mathew
"Well organised, everything worked smoothly. Great to have a range of schools from various regions." - Katherine
"This was my first fair and I really appreciated the opportunity to get an insight into schools from around the world through the individual school presentations." - Lee
"Without the opportunity to meet recruiters face to face, candidates are often just 'another piece of paper' (cv) so it is invaluable!" - Rebecca
"A fantastic fair. We had no idea what to expect beforehand but would definitely recommend to others!" - Matthew
"Outstanding prior info about the fair and what to expect. Very good communication at all times and exceptionally helpful and friendly staff." - Clinton
"Well organised, plenty of help from staff when required. Staff were really friendly and made a point to check in with how I was going." - Pippa
"The atmosphere Nick, Paula and the team bring to the fair is why I come back. It is warm, and supportive with some humor which is perfect match and balance to the intensity of the fair." - Lauren
"At the start I was incredibly nervous but I was at ease after a few days and meeting with some of the schools and talking to them about their packages and support for teachers new to the school. If I wanted help it was there, that's all I could ever want." - Royce
"Great organisation, friendliness and helpfulness all around." - Henriette
"Wonderful atmosphere from recruiters, Search staff, and candidates." - Kyle
"I thought the backup and continued interest from Search Associates was excellent. You have some awesome people, including the boys." - Adrian

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Bill Turner’s international teaching career has taken him to Sudan, Italy, Qatar and the UAE as well as his home country of England. His very first teaching position was in rural Sudan.