Applications for the 2019 JET Programme

2019 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme applications: NOW OPEN

The deadline for applications is 5PM AEDT Friday 9 November 2018

Applications must be sent to:

The JET Desk
Embassy of Japan
112 Empire Circuit
Yarralumla ACT 2600

For further information, please contact The JET Desk on (02) 6273 3244 or

1. Application Checklist – IMPORTANT
    Please refer to this checklist when completing your application
    2019 JET Programme Checklist

2. Frequently Asked Questions – IMPORTANT
    Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions before contacting The JET Desk
    2019 JET Programme FAQs

3. Application Guidelines
    Please read the application guidelines thoroughly before completing your application
    2019 JET Programme Guidelines

4. Application and Supplementary Forms
    2019 JET Programme Application Form
    2019 JET Programme Applicant Self-Report of Medical Condition(s)
    2019 JET Programme Statement of Purpose (Essay)
    2019 JET Programme Reference Cover Page
    2019 JET Programme Authorisation and Release Form
    2019 JET Programme Certificate of Health
    2019 JET Programme Statement of Physician

5. Chart Sheet
    Please refer to this document when completing your application
    2019 JET Programme Chart Sheet

2019 JET Programme Information Sessions

The details of upcoming information session in Canberra is below.
5:30PM Wednesday 26 September 2018 – Seminar Room 3, Hedley Bull Centre, Australian National University

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

Consulate General of Japan, Sydney

Consulate General of Japan, Melbourne (For residents of Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia)

Consulate General of Japan, Perth

Consulate General of Japan, Brisbane

NB: These pages contain information for Australian citizens only. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact a Japanese diplomatic mission in their home country, regardless of Australian Permanent Residency status.

Schedule from Application to Departure

Friday 9 November Application deadline
First stage of screening process (written applications)
January-February Second stage of screening (interviews)
Announcement of short-list candidate status for April Arrivals
Notification of selection and assignment of Contracting Organisation for April arrivals
April Announcement of short-list candidate status
Sunday 14 April     April arrivals arrive in Japan and start appointment (Monday 15 April 2019)
April-July Early arrivals arrive in Japan
May   Notification of selection and assignment of Contracting Organisation
May – December  
(second week)
Notification of alternates being upgraded to short-list candidate status
June – July Pre-Departure Orientation, preparation, etc.
Sunday 28 July  July arrivals arrive in Japan and start appointment (Monday 29 July 2019)


The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, also known as the JET Programme, seeks to enhance internationalisation in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between the people of Japan and those of other nations. 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.

To achieve this, successful participants are given the opportunity to serve in local authorities as well as public and private elementary, junior high, and senior high schools in Japan.

Generally, participants are appointed by prefectures, municipalities, and private schools, etc. as a member of staff for a one-year period in one of the following roles: Assistant Language Teacher (ALT), Coordinator for International Relations (CIR), or Sports Exchange Advisor (SEA).

The Programme started in 1987 with cooperation from governments of participating countries and has achieved an excellent reputation over the past 31 years. In 2017, there were 5,163 participants on the Programme from 44 countries.

The Programme is implemented by local authorities and other organisations (known as Contracting Organisations) who appoint/employ participants in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR).

For more information on the JET Programme:

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Official Website (
JET Alumni Association International (
For contact details of your local JETAA chapter (