The Australian Government is ceasing funding for the Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships (ELTF) from 2015-16. Scholarships will not be offered for January 2016 and beyond. This decision was announced in the 2015-16 Budget.
The cessation of the ELTF programme is a result of a refocus of the Government’s priorities in the education portfolio. Funds will be redirected to help offset the funding needed to implement the Government’s response to the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) report, Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers, which is aimed at improving teacher quality and delivering better educational outcomes for all Australian students. Implementation of TEMAG recommendations will ensure primary school teachers will have a speciality in maths, science or a foreign language thereby supporting languages teaching.