The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme


The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme


Applications for the 2022 JET Programme are now closed.


All applicants were notified of the outcome of their application by email in late December 2021. For questions regarding the application process and first stage of screening for the 2022 JET Programme, please contact:

The JET Desk: 02 6273 3244 or 

For questions regarding the second stage of screening (interviews), please contact the Interview Office in your nominated Interview Location.

Canberra: The JET Desk, Embassy of Japan (contact details above)
Sydney: Consulate-General of Japan, Sydney
Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart: Consulate-General of Japan, Melbourne
Brisbane: Consulate-General of Japan, Brisbane
Perth: Consulate-General of Japan, Perth



The original, hard copy (printed on secure paper) MUST be submitted (
see sample here).

Applicants MUST submit a National Police Certificate issued by the Australian Federal Police or their state/territory police agency. 

Applicants expressing an interest in an April arrival/Early arrival: Friday 4 February 2022

Applicants not expressing an interest in an April arrival/Early arrival: Friday 3 June 2022


5PM Friday 12 November 2021 (AEDT) Application deadline
December First stage of screening process (written application forms)
January - February Second stage of screening (interviews)
Announcement of short-list candidate status for April arrivals
Notification of succesful candidate/Participant status and assignment of Contracting Organisation for April arrivals
Announcement of short-list candidate and alternate status
Sunday 10 April 2022 Arrival in Japan for April arrivals (appointments begin on Monday 11 April 2022
April - July Early arrivals arrive in Japan
May Notification of successful Participant status and assignment of Contracting Organisation for July/August arrivals
May – 2nd week of December   Notification of upgrade to short-list candidate for alternates
June-July Pre-Departure Orientation, preparation, etc.
Sunday 24 July 2022 (Group A) Arrival in Japan (appointments begin on Monday 25 July 2022)
Sunday 31 July 2022 (Group B) Arrival in Japan (appointments begin on Monday 1 August 2022)



The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is administered through the collaboration of Japan’s local government authorities, 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).

Aiming primarily to promote grass-roots internationalisation at the local level, the JET Programme invites university graduates from around the world to participate in internationalisation initiatives and be involved in foreign language education at Japan’s local government offices, Boards of Education, elementary schools, junior high schools, and senior high schools. The JET Programme has gained high acclaim both domestically and overseas for being one of the world’s largest international exchange programmes. We hope that all people involved in the JET Programme, both the participants and the local people with whom they live and work with, will build an international network and become successful in today’s global society.

The JET Programme began in 1987 with cooperation from governments of participating countries. Since then, over 70,000 people from 75 countries have participated in the Programme, including many Australians. 

Currently, approximately 1,000 local public organisations (contracting organisations), including 45 prefectures and 18 designated cities employ JET Programme participants. The specific work activities of JET Programme participants are independently decided by each prefectural governor or city/town mayor. Although the organisations involved in the JET Programme are primarily local government authorities, JET Programme participants may also be placed in private schools when there is a request

Through the international exchange activities of its participants, the JET Programme strives to make a continued contribution to the revitalisation of local communities throughout Japan.

NB: This page contains 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.

For more information on the JET Programme:

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