The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme - Applications now open


The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme


Applications for the 2022 JET Programme are now open!

Application Deadline: Friday 12 November 2021 (AEDT) 

Applications must be submitted via post to:

The JET Desk, Embassy of Japan in Australia

112 Empire Circuit Yarralumla ACT 2600

For information regarding the JET Programme application process, please contact:

The JET Desk 

02 6273 3244 or


Please refer to the JET Programme FAQs before contacting The JET Desk. 

2022 JET Programme Application Checklist
Please use this checklist to ensure your application sets are compiled and submitted correctly.

2022 JET Programme Application Guidelines
Please read through the guidelines thoroughly before starting your application.

2022 JET Programme Application Form

2022 JET Programme Application Chart Sheet
Please refer to this chart sheet when completing your application form. 

2022 JET Programme Applicant Self-Report of Medical Condition(s)
All applicants are required to submit this form with their application.

2022 JET Programme Statement of Physician
Please refer the questions and your responses in the JET Programme Applicant Self-Report of Medical Condition(s) to see if you are required to submit the Statement of Physician. 

2022 JET Programme Statement of Purpose (Essay) Guide
Applicants are strongly encouraged to refer to this guide when writing their Statement of Purpose.

2022 JET Programne Reference Cover Form
Applicants are required to submit references letters from TWO (2) referees. 

2022 JET Programme Authorisation and Release Form

Required Documents (to be included in each set)
Applicants must include the following documents in their application. Each individual photocopy MUST be certified by a Justice of the Peace (JP) or a person authorised to do so. Please refer to the JET Programme FAQs to see who can certify documents. Incorrectly certified or uncertified photocopies will be rejected. 

Official academic transcript of all university courses (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Testamur (i.e. Graduation Certificate)/Letter of expected date of graduation

Documents which shows your Australian nationality (i.e. Australian passport)

Regarding the National Police Certificate

The original, hard copy (printed on secure paper) MUST be submitted (see sample here)Digital or electronic certificates will be rejected. 

Applicants who have a criminal record must submit a National Police Certificate issued by his/her state/territory police or the Australian Federal Police at the time of application

For all other applicants:

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


Canberra: Late SeptemberOctober 2021 (Dates to be announced in coming weeks)

Prospective applicants in other states and territories are encouraged to contact the Consulate General of Japan in their city for further details.  

Sydney and DarwinConsulate-General of Japan in Sydney

PerthConsulate-General of Japan in Perth
  • Tues 14 Sep 2021 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM at The University of Western Australia (MYER: [206] Myer Street Lecture Theatre)
  • Wed 15 Sept 2021 - 1:00PM to 2:00PM at Curtin University (Building 501, Room 102)
  • Thurs16 Sept 2021 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM at Murdoch University (Geoffrey Bolton Library, Launchpad)


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