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Teach For Australia

Teach For Australia is ambitious social movement working to confront educational disadvantage in Australia. 

Our vision is an Australia where all children, regardless of background, attain an excellent education. 


Australia's education system is one of the least equitable in the developed world.

If a child is born in the “wrong” postcode, lives in a low-income household or has parents who didn’t finish high school, he or she is less likely to have access to a quality education and do well at school. A child's opportunities in life, including level of health, further education, employment and income, diminish because of this educational disadvantage. Ultimately, this impacts his or her sense of self-worth - and our families, our communities and our country all suffer the repercussions of this fundamental injustice.

Teach For Australia is a not-for-profit organisation committed to tackling this urgent problem.

Our theory of change

We believe that to achieve systemic change, inspirational leaders are needed in classrooms, schools, communities, business and government to champion efforts to close our education gap. There are three core elements to our approach:

  • We recruit Australia’s most outstanding and passionate graduates and professionals from all academic disciplines to commit to teaching in an educationally disadvantaged school for at least two years.
  • We support them through our award-winning Leadership Development Program to become exceptional teachers who have the potential to lead their students to dramatic and enduring academic outcomes and personal growth.
  • We’re growing a movement of individuals who progress to positions of leadership in education and beyond. In their own way, they will continue to influence change within education so that our shared and ambitious vision comes ever closer to reality.

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The Australian Government Department of Education and Training is a major supporter of Teach For Australia.

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