Teach for Australia

The Teach for Australia program aims to fast-track high-calibre non-teaching graduates into disadvantaged secondary schools, by providing an employment-based pathway into teaching.

The Teach for Australia program helps attract high-quality candidates to the teaching profession who might not otherwise have considered a career in education. Participants accept two-year employment contracts in disadvantaged secondary schools, teach with a reduced teaching load, and a high level of support and training. Once their placement and program of study are completed, participants are awarded a postgraduate teaching qualification.

The Australian Government has supported Teach for Australia since 2009 and has committed funding for 10 cohorts of the program up to 2021. To date, the program has placed more than 500 teaching associates into metropolitan, rural, and remote schools in Victoria, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Funding extension

As part of the 2016 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, the Australian Government confirmed it will invest a further $20.5 million in the Teach for Australia program between 2016–17 and 2020–21.

This decision lifts the Government's total investment in the program to more than $77 million, and will see Teach for Australia place up to 315 additional teachers into disadvantaged secondary classrooms in Australia from 2018.

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


In 2017 dandolopartners evaluated the Teach for Australia program to look at its impact in meeting the Government's objectives. The report is available here.

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) conducted an early evaluation, delivered in three phases between 2010 and 2014. The evaluation reports are available at: