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 plays an important role in attracting 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 and teach with a reduced teaching load and a high level of support and training throughout a two year placement period. On completion of their placement, participants are awarded a postgraduate teaching qualification.

The Australian Government has supported Teach for Australia since 2009 and, has committed funding for ten cohorts of the program up to 2021. To date the program has placed over 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 (released on 19 December 2016) the Australian Government confirmed it will invest a further $20.5 million in the Teach for Australia program for the period 2016-17 to 2020-21. 

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

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


In 2017 dandolo partners completed an independent evaluation of the Teach for Australia Program. The evaluation investigated the impact of the Teach for Australia Program in meeting the Government's objectives in funding the Program.

The report from the dandolo partners evaluation is available below:

An early evaluation of the program was undertaken by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and delivered in three phases between 2010 and 2014. 

The evaluation reports from the ACER evaluation are available below: