Rigorously recruit Australia’s top talent into teaching

We recruit talented future leaders (university graduates with non-education degrees, young professionals and career changers) to teach in schools and communities of greatest need for a minimum of two years.

Our recruitment process is modelled on that of the best graduate programs around the world.

We attract Australia’s top talent through intensive recruitment on university campuses across the country and an innovative marketing campaign.

Our Leadership Development Program offers a simple but powerful value proposition:

  • the mission to address educational disadvantage;
  • the opportunity to make an immediate impact;
  • the selective, high-quality nature of the program;
  • the ability to develop strong leadership skills; and
  • the ability to earn a wage as they contribute in the classroom while concurrently earning a Master of Teaching degree.

Since 2010, we have received over 8,000 applications, with an average growth of 14% in applications year on year.

Teach For Australia finished in 60th place in the 2017 Top 100 Graduate Employer Rankings by GradAustralia and as the only non-profit organisation listed.


We are helping transform the status of teaching by attracting our most talented future leaders.

At least 70% of Associates have an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 90 or above.

All Associates have at least a bachelor’s degree and 43 per cent have an advanced university degree, with over 50 per cent entering the program as a young professional or career changer.

Among Cohort 2017 Associates, over 80 per cent have professional work experience and one in five are fluent in a language other than English.

We attract STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) leaders into teaching.

Over 40 per cent of Associates studied science, technology, engineering or maths at university.

Cohort 2015 Associate Dr David Hosken is an atmospheric physicist with a PhD in the development of high power lasers and a research scientist. He played a part in the recent landmark discovery of gravitational waves, before realising his dream of inspiring students through the power of science.


International experience indicates that our ability to attract top talent will grow.

Around the world, there are approximately 40 locally developed “Teach For” style organisations that are part of a collaborative network called Teach For All , the longest running being Teach For America founded in 1990 and Teach First in the United Kingdom founded in 2003. These organisations attracted around 44,000 and 8,000 applications in 2015, from diverse backgrounds.

In 2012, 10 per cent of Oxford and Cambridge graduates applied to join Teach First. (Sutton Trust 2015)

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