About the
program

Through the Leadership Development Program, Associates develop the skills and experience to enable them to lead effectively, with the opportunity to make a tangible positive impact on students, schools and communities – every single day.

Tackling educational disadvantage

In Australia, children from the lowest income households are on average three years behind in school. Teach For Australia is an innovative non-profit organisation and part of a global movement dedicated to developing leadership in classrooms and communities to ensure all children achieve their potential.

“I believe that education is the only effective method for creating long term change.”
 – Ying Qin, Cohort 2016

We recruit Australia’s future leaders and inspire, connect and empower them to a lifetime of action – activated by the classroom.

As a collective force—educators, advocates, entrepreneurs, policymakers, community members—we strive for the aspirations of students and families. We are helping to tackle educational disadvantage through the two key levers that research shows impact students outcomes: teacher quality and leadership. In nine years, we have placed over 650 Associates into more than 150 schools, ultimately helping to change the lives of over 130,000 students.

An employment-based pathway into teaching

Through Teach For Australia, you’ll find that classroom leadership builds a foundation for long-term impact. Throughout the program, Associates work full time as a teacher with full salary and benefits, while also studying a postgraduate level degree.

Over two years, Associates:

  • teach at a school serving a low socioeconomic community, with full salary and benefits;
  • earn a Master of Teaching (Secondary)(Professional Practice) through the Australian Catholic University (ACU) on an assisted scholarship;
  • participate in targeted professional development that is tailored to experience and context; and
  • receive one-on-one coaching and mentoring to accelerate personal, professional and academic growth.

Over two years, Associates teach in subject areas directly related to previous studies (regardless of if they have just graduated or are more than ten years out) and in accordance with the subject requirements of placement schools. All Associates teach secondary school level classes ranging from Year 7 to 12. (Find further information on what you could be eligible to teach here.)

“It’s fast-paced, intense and hugely rewarding. Schools are such complex organisations to work in. You develop strong stakeholder engagement, communication, project management, data analysis, conflict management, and of course leadership skills.”
 – Ash Duggan, Cohort 2013

The Leadership Development Program pushes participants’ boundaries and tests resilience, problem solving, organisational and planning ability like no other.

Where we work

We partner exclusively with schools serving low socioeconomic communities, working in the regions and communities that need the most support.

We currently place in secondary schools in Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT. Candidates are able to preference by state and/or metropolitan, regional, and/or remote locations – but the more flexible the candidate, the more likely we will be able to successfully find a placement. While we are able to sometimes place Associates near where they currently live, for many Associates, school placement requires relocation.

Working in close collaboration with fellow Associates, teachers, school leaders and the community, participants are generally placed in a cluster within the same school and schools nearby, increasing the opportunity for impact within communities we operate in.

Speak with the Recruitment and Advocacy Manager in your state by emailing apply@teachforaustralia.org to discuss what this could mean for you and how we support Associates with relocation.

Salary and assisted scholarship

During the program, Associates are employed and paid by the relevant government department of education or school. Salaries and other employment conditions will vary depending on the state or territory of placement.

Associates’ salaries are comparable to other graduate teachers, and increase as commensurate with experience and progression.

The vast majority of program costs are covered by Teach For Australia, in partnership with the Australian Government, on an assisted scholarship. Associates are required to contribute a small portion towards the Master’s degree, with access to FEE-HELP for these payments (eligibility requirements apply).