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Teach For Australia pilot program

The Teach For Australia program:

  • offers an alternative pathway into the teaching profession
  • aims to help fill vacancies in regional and rural secondary schools with subject specialists.

The Department for Education is currently piloting the Teach For Australia program in selected regional schools from 2021.

Applications are now open for a second round of the pilot.

About Teach For Australia

Teach For Australia offers an alternative and accelerated pathway into the teaching profession. The program allows talented graduates and professionals with subject specialist expertise and experience to teach in a regional or rural school while completing their Masters teaching qualification.

Participants in the program (referred to as associates) are placed in harder-to-staff secondary vacancies at a participating school in regional, rural or remote locations.

Before starting in the classroom, the associates complete an intensive teaching program as part of their Masters and qualify for a Special Authority to Teach from the Teachers Registration Board. They then complete their Masters in Teaching, with formal mentorship, while on a 2 year teaching placement.

Visit Teach For Australia for more information about the program.

Apply for second round of the pilot 

After successfully launching the pilot in 2021, the department and Teach For Australia are recruiting for a second round.

Up to 12 aspiring educators will be placed in hard to staff regional high schools in 2022.

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (from any subject area except education) and have a passion for teaching. 

Successful applicants will be employed at 0.8 FTE in a regional high school on a 2 or 4 year teaching contract while being supported to complete their master’s degree. 

Priority will be given to applications of eligible South Australian residents. 

Apply on the Teach For Australia website. Teach For Australia are accepting 2 intakes of applications, closing 27 June and 15 August 2021.

South Australian pilot in action

The Teach For Australia program has been operating successfully interstate for 10 years. In 2021 the department will start a pilot of the program in selected regional South Australian schools.

Three associates are currently placed in the pilot. Each associate completed Teach For Australia’s rigorous selection process that assessed their disposition for teaching.

  • David Drummond is a Bachelor of Music graduate. He brings his experience working as a musician and band manager to Stuart High School in Whyalla.
  • Rebecca Magee holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science. She has experience working as a pharmacy assistant and is placed at Roxby Downs Area School teaching STEM subjects.  
  • Joshua Biermann is also placed at Roxby Downs Area School to teach STEM subjects. He is a Bachelor of Engineering graduate and has been working as a civil engineer in Australia and Vietnam.

The pilot aims to improve access to curriculum opportunities for students in these regional locations, as the associates will bring specialist subject knowledge to meet the needs of students.


Consultation has been undertaken with the Australian Education Union and Teachers Registration Board in South Australia. This alternate pathway is accredited under 'Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures'. It's targeted to appropriate vacancies and requires subject specialists to have the appropriate authority and support to teach in the classroom.

Culture and Capability – Workforce Development

Phone: 8226 4177
Email: Education.CareerDevelopment [at] sa.gov.au