Alternative Pathways


Alternative pathways into teaching broaden the entry points into the teaching profession by allowing individuals to work while they complete their teaching qualification. These pathways allow for the recruitment of high performing individuals into a career in teaching and have been shown to increase the quality of teaching across the system by placing high performing individuals in the schools that need them most.

High Achieving Teachers Program

As part of the 2018-19 Budget, the Australian Government announced it will support alternative pathways into teaching through the High Achieving Teachers Program. Providers selected through a tender process will be funded to select, develop and place around 200 participants who have the potential to become high quality teachers in Australian secondary schools experiencing teacher workforce challenges. Participants will be supported to achieve a teaching qualification.

The Request for Tender (RFT) for the High Achieving Teachers Program closed on Tuesday 24 July. Successful tenderers will be announced once the tender process has been finalised.

To be successful, tenders will need to demonstrate how their program will meet all of the requirements set out in the RFT. Among other things, programs will need to:

  • Target specific teacher shortages or workforce challenges.
  • Undertake proactive recruitment and selection to attract individuals, with experience in a field other than teaching and with the knowledge, skills or experience to address specific teacher workforce shortages and challenges.
  • Place program participants in the schools that need them most, in partnership with the relevant approved education authority.
  • Provide participants with tailored and ongoing support to develop participants into high-quality teachers while they complete an accredited teaching qualification.

Teach for Australia Program

Since 2009, the Australian Government has supported the Teach for Australia program to provide an employment-based pathway into teaching. To date, the Government has committed support for ten cohorts of the program by providing more than $77 million in funding through past and present contracts spanning from 2008-09 to 2020-21. Thus far, the program has placed more than 650 teaching associates in more than 150 schools in Victoria, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Western Australia, filling hard-to-staff teaching positions, including in STEM subjects. Over 40 per cent of the associates have been placed in regional, rural and remote communities, while the remainder were placed in disadvantaged metropolitan schools.

Read more about the program and request further information on the Teach for Australia website.


The Government will commission an independent evaluation of all programs delivered under the 2018-19 Budget measure, the High Achieving Teachers Program. Evaluations are expected to be finalised in 2023.

The Government has previously commissioned two evaluations of the Teach for Australia Program.

In 2017 dandolopartners evaluated the Teach for Australia program. Their report, available below, looked at the program’s impact in meeting the Government’s objectives.

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) conducted an early evaluation of the Teach for Australian Program, delivered in three phases between 2010 and 2014. Their evaluation reports are available below.