Eligibility & selection criteria

Eligibility requirements

Please note, if you are a New Zealand citizen, you must be an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia in order to be eligible. New Zealand citizenship does not make you eligible for our program.

Tori Simson

Teach For Australia Associates don’t start out as teachers – in fact, they come from all academic disciplines and a variety of backgrounds. As such, there is no “ideal” candidate profile.

Teaching may or may not be something that you have previously considered. We look for well-rounded and passionate individuals who have the qualities to create change, inside the classroom and beyond.

We believe that great teaching is great leadership and this can be broken down into a number of critical competencies.

Throughout the selection process, each applicant is assessed against the following competencies:

Leadership and achievement

Have you gained significant, measurable results at university, extracurricular activities and/or work? Have you demonstrated leadership and achievement in your endeavours?

Commitment to mission

Are you eager to bring about change and make a difference in the lives of the students you teach? Do you passionately and actively believe in the power of education as a force for social justice?

Communication and influencing ability

Are you a clear and confident communicator and are you able to influence and motivate others? Do you have maturity and presence? Are you an active listener?

Problem solving

Are you able to think critically, analyse information and generate relevant solutions to problems?

Organisational and planning ability

Are you able to plan, organise and prioritise your activities effectively to meet deadlines?


Are you willing to work hard with resilience and optimism to overcome obstacles? Do you relish a challenge and are you driven to succeed?

Humility, respect and empathy

Do you operate with humility? Do you show respect and empathy towards others? Do you look for the best in the people around you?

Learning and self-evaluation

Are you driven to succeed? Are you open to learning from others and do you seek out opportunities to do so? Do you take ownership for development with regards to your own performance?

We recognise that these competencies can be developed through a range of experiences and all applications are looked at holistically.


We harness different perspectives, experiences and talents in order to continually learn and best serve our culturally diverse school communities.

We are committed to ensuring that all applicants are treated fairly and with respect, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion or ability-level.

We are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process to accommodate your particular circumstances.
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The leadership component of Teach For Australia is a massive strength. It’s the reason I’m in a position to take on a leading teacher role, after only three years in the classroom.

Adam Ross, Cohort 2012 Associate