Leadership Development Program Handbook
2023 – 2024

We’ve brought together everything you’ll want to know about the Leadership Development Program into one place – from eligibility and applying, to placement and a program map. Download the 2023-2024 Handbook for a one-stop-shop of information to help your decision.

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About The Program

At Teach For Australia, our mission is to fight educational inequity by recruiting and developing people like you to teach and lead across Australia.

You’ll develop and hone your skills on a personal, professional, and academic level to become the exceptional leader you’re meant to be – all while helping to create lasting social change.

2-year program
Earn a full salary and benefits
Immediate teaching role
Gain a Master of Teaching
1:1 leadership coaching and mentoring
Be part of a community of leaders
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How to Apply

Check your eligibility

Before you apply, you’ll need to meet four conditions – scroll down for more details.

Open an application

The sooner you do this, the sooner you could have an offer if you’re successful!

Speak to one of our team

Our Recruitment team will be in touch once you open your application – plus you can sign up to our information sessions, drop-ins and application workshops if you’d like to learn more.

Submit your application

We encourage you to complete your application as soon as possible, because learning areas close as soon as there are enough accepted candidates to meet school demand.

Complete the situational judgement test

This allows us to understand your response to scenarios all teachers encounter during their careers – don’t worry, no prior teaching experience is needed to complete this test.

“I’ve been incredibly grateful for the opportunities that TFA has given me; and the support I’ve received has been fantastic.”

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Before you apply for the Leadership Development Program, you’ll need to:
  • Be an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident at time of applying
  • Hold a Bachelor degree in a discipline other than teaching
  • Be willing to accept a placement within the state or territory where we currently operate
  • Be able to enrol in at least two learning areas

Please read carefully through the learning area requirements before applying.

We are unable to accept applications from individuals with the following degrees

We are unable to accept applications from individuals with the following degrees:

Allied Health Marketing
Anthropology Natural Medicine
Architecture & Urban Planning Other medical degrees including Paramedics
Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) Occupational Therapy
Construction Management Philosophy, Sociology, Cultural Studies
Criminology Project Management
Graphic Design Science Communication
Human Resource Management Social Work
Indigenous Studies Teaching
Interior Design

If you have a degree in one of the areas above, but over 50% of your degree is related to one of the subjects listed in the learning area requirements page, speak to a member of our team with a copy of your transcript handy.

Learning area requirements in NSW are different and we are not able to accept every learning area.

For more information see the learning area requirements.

The Associate Journey

Submit your online application

We accept applications from 13 February – 14 August 2023. Learning areas will close as soon as there are enough accepted candidates to meet school demand.

Interview and Assessment Centre

You’ll receive your application outcome via email within three weeks and, if successful, you’ll be invited to book in your interview.

If you progress to the next stage, you’ll be invited to a day of assessment activities either virtually or in-person. This includes a sample teaching lesson, a mock parent-teacher interview, and group activities.

Conditional offer & placement

If you’re successful, we’ll provide you with a conditional offer and you’ll be invited to share your location preferences with us.

Once your placement is confirmed in one of our eligible partner schools, we’ll then support you with the required relocation, onboarding, and registration processes to get you ready to start teaching in your new school on Day One of Term 1.

Summer semester

You’ll be required to complete 26 hours of self-driven pre-work before the National Initial Intensive. This is where you’ll complete a portion of your Master of Teaching, complete school practicum, and build foundational skills and knowledge before entering the teaching profession.

You’ll also take part in a face-to-face learning event held in your placement state or territory.

Start teaching

Once you begin teaching in Term 1, 2024, you’ll develop your teaching and leadership skills throughout the two-year program while receiving one-on-one coaching and mentoring.

Gain your Master of Teaching (2024-2025)

While teaching, you’ll complete a nationally accredited and internationally recognised Master of Teaching (Secondary) (Leading Learning), delivered in partnership with ACU.

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About TFA

In Australia, the postcode you’re born in can radically impact your whole future. It shouldn’t.

We believe in educational equity – an Australia where your postcode does not determine your future potential, the opportunities available to you in life, or your ability to contribute to society.

Together, we can do something about it.

Our Vision

An Australia where education gives every child greater choice for their future.

Our Mission

To grow a community of leaders committed to equity for children by recruiting and developing exceptional people to teach and lead across Australia.


Got a question? There’s a good chance someone else has asked us the exact same thing.

How much does the program cost?

Most program costs are covered by Teach For Australia in partnership with the Australian Government on an assisted scholarship. You will need to contribute a portion towards your Master degree (total cost to you is $12,500, paid in instalments by unit each semester). Access to FEE-HELP may be available for those eligible.

How much will I earn?

You’ll earn a full salary while you learn – approximately $62,000-$75,000 base salary, depending on where you’re placed.

In some jurisdictions you’ll be able to access relocation assistance and allowances for working in remote communities.

Associates’ salaries and employment conditions vary between States and Territories. Just like other teachers, you will be eligible for salary increases with experience and progression.

What coaching and support will I receive?

We set you up for success with a comprehensive network of people to support your professional development and wellbeing.

Teaching and Leadership Adviser (TLA)

An experienced teacher who will provide rigorous one-on-one coaching, regular classroom observations, and pastoral care to guide your development as a teacher and leader throughout the program.

ACU Academic Mentor

An academic mentor will support and supervise your progress throughout the degree and guide your achievement meeting the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

School Mentor

At your placement school you’ll have an experienced teacher who will provide day-to-day practical support and help with integration into life at the school and within the local community.

Where will I be placed?

We place Associates exclusively in schools serving low-socioeconomic communities, working in the regions that need the most support.

We currently operate in Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory, South Australia, and New South Wales.

If you receive a conditional offer to join the program, you’ll be invited to share your location preferences with us – but the more flexible you are, the more likely we will be able to successfully find a placement state/territory.