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. Alternative Pathways recruit high performing individuals and place them in the schools that need them most.

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High Achieving Teachers Program

The Australian Government supports alternative pathways into teaching by funding the High Achieving Teachers Program.

Commencing in 2020, the High Achieving Teachers Program offers two alternative, employment-based pathways into teaching for high achieving individuals, committed to pursuing a career in the teaching profession.

Each pathway proactively recruits and selects high achieving university graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience that schools need. Program participants are placed in teaching positions in Australian secondary schools experiencing teacher workforce shortages. In schools, program participants receive a high degree of training and support while they complete an Australian accredited teaching qualification and develop into high quality teachers.

The Government has contracted Teach For Australia and La Trobe University to deliver the two pathways under the High Achieving Teachers Program. Both providers were selected following an open and competitive tender process conducted in 2018.

Further information about Teach For Australia’s delivery of the High Achieving Teachers Program is available on the Teach for Australia website.

Further information about La Trobe’s delivery of the High Achieving Teachers Program is available on the La Trobe University website.


In 2021 dandolopartners were commissioned by the Australian Government to deliver an independent evaluation of the High Achieving Teachers program. Their interim evaluation report is available below.

Please note that this interim report is based on data that was available to dandolo at the time of writing and does not represent the full evaluation. dandolo is yet to undertake analysis on participant outcomes, participant retention and value for money, which will be included in the final evaluation report.

The evaluation is expected to be finalised in 2023.

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 Australia Program, delivered in three phases between 2010 and 2014. Their evaluation reports are available below.