The 2021 JET Programme Applications Now Open


The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme


Applications for the 2021 JET Programme are now open!

Applications must be submitted to the Embassy of Japan by 5PM Friday 11 December 2020.

Mailing Address: The JET Desk, Embassy of Japan, 112 Empire Circuit Yarralumla ACT 2600

For more information, please contact The JET Desk on 02 6273 3244 or


2021 JET Programme Application Form, Guidelines, and Supplementary Forms

1. Application Checklist - Important
Please refer to this checklist when compiling your application sets

2. Frequently Asked Questions - Important
Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions before contacting The JET Desk

3. Application Guidelines
Please read the 2021 JET Programme Application Guidelines thoroughly before applying

4. Application Form and Supplementary Forms
2021 JET Programme Application Form
2021 JET Programme Applicant Self-Report of Medical Condition(s)
2021 JET Programme Statement of Purpose (Essay) Guide
2021 JET Programme Reference Cover Form

2021 JET Programme Authorisation and Release Form
2021 JET Programme Statement of Physician (This form - to be completed by a physician - is only required for those who have disclosed information in the corresponding questions of the Self-Report of Medical Conditions)

NB: The Certificate of Health form will be provided to short-list candidates at a later date by the Interview Office

5. Chart Sheet
Please refer to the Application Form Chart Sheet when completing your application

6. National Police Certificate
Applicants MUST obtain a National Police Certificate (original on security embedded paper, Name Check only) from the police service in their state/territory of residence (see below). Police checks from any other provider will not be accepted. Please refer to the Application Guidelines for more details.

ACT & AET residents - AFP
NSW residents - NSW Police
VIC residents - Vic Police
SA residents - SA Police
TAS residents - TAS Police
NT residents - NT Police
QLD residents - QLD Police
WA residents - WA Police

2021 JET Programme Information Sessions

Two information session will be held at the Embassy of Japan in Canberra during the application period. 
Due to physical distancing requirements, seats are limited and registration is essential. To register, please contact The JET Desk. 

5:30PM Tuesday 27 October 2020

2:30PM Tuesday 3 November 2020

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

Sydney: Consulate-General of Japan, Sydney
Brisbane: Consulate-General of Japan, Brisbane
Perth: Consulate-General of Japan, Perth
Melbourne, Adelaide, and Hobart: Consulate-General of Japan, Melbourne 


The 2021 JET Programme Schedule from Application to Departure


5PM Friday 11 December 2020 Application deadline
January First stage of screening process (written application forms)
February-Beginning of March Second stage of screening (interviews)
Announcement of short-list candidate status for Early Arrivals
Notification of selection and assignment of Contracting Organisation for Early Arrivals
Announcement of short-list candidate and alternate status
April - September Early Arrivals arrive in Japan
June Notification of successful Participants status and assignment of Contracting Organisation for September Arrivals
May – December  
(second week)
Notification of upgrade to short-list candidate for alternates
July-August Pre-Departure Orientation, preparation, etc.
Wednesday 8 September Arrival in Japan (appointments begin on Thursday 9 September 2021)

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.



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 young college 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 has grown significantly over its 34-year history, with the number of countries participating in the JET Programme growing from four to 57, and the number of participants from 848 to 5,761. There are 343 Australians participating on the Programme in the 2019-2020 year. Since its creation, over 70,000 people from 75 countries have participated in the JET Programme.

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.

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