In the media
17 February 2020

Federal Government announces additional funding for Teach For Australia

Teach For Australia welcomes today’s announcement from the Federal Education Minister, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, for an additional $15 million for two initiatives to address shortages in high-quality school leaders and specialist teachers, with a particular focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

CEO, Melodie Potts Rosevear, is very pleased for the continued support. “We are grateful for Minister Tehan’s and the Federal Government’s ongoing support, through the High Achieving Teachers Program (HATP), to enlist more great talent to teach and lead our children, regardless of background or postcode, to attain an excellent education – the key to unlocking their potential and the nation’s prosperity.”

This additional funding will allow Teach For Australia to continue to recruit, train and support more high-quality graduates and professionals to teach in schools serving low socioeconomic communities, while achieving a Master’s Degree in Teaching (Secondary) (Professional Practice) with the ACU.

Teach For Australia is also excited to announce the development of the school leadership pipeline in regional, rural and remote communities, through a new Future Leaders Program.

“We know that the two key levers that positively impact educational outcomes for our students are teacher quality and leadership. This additional funding will allow us to continue our current work and to work with the Federal Government to determine the best way to prepare top-performing teachers in regional and rural areas for school leadership roles.”

Now in its eleventh year, Teach For Australia has placed 951 teachers (called “Associates”) in schools across VIC, WA, NT and TAS. All school placements fill genuine teaching vacancies, with over half in regional or remote areas, and half in hard-to-fill STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.

The Federal Government statement can be found below: