Avan has been a teacher for 39 years and has worked in the Catholic, Independent and Government school systems. He has been a special education teacher since 1987 and has worked in primary,
secondary and special schools. Avan is also a registered psychologist and has worked as a consultant to schools, a Senior Manager with a child welfare agency and CEO/Manager of Crime Victim Service, the first victim support agency in the state. He currently works as the Digital Technologies teacher at Nelson Park School (a special school working with students who have an intellectual disability, many of whom also have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and has a private practice as a psychologist.