What’s the problem?

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 schools, communities, business and government.

There are three core elements to our approach:


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The solution to closing the gap in education fundamentally comes down to teaching and learning.

Jacqui Magee, Cohort 2 Associate


1. Source: Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012: How Australia measures up, 2013: http://bit.ly/1zzmcUp.
2, 3. Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, Australia, 2011-12: http://bit.ly/1ymXtBE.
4. Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Updated Results, 2012-13: http://bit.ly/1yie1qO.
5. Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Perspectives on Regional Australia: Non-School Qualifications in Regions, 2011 (comparing Bachelor degree attainment and above of people living in major cities and people living in regional and remote areas, based on Statistical Area Level 4 2011 boundaries): http://bit.ly/1M3VCIq.
6. Source: Australian Institute of Criminology (Prichard and Payne), ‘Alcohol, drugs and crime: A study of juveniles in detention’, 2005 (based on a findings of a survey of 467 young people in juvenile detention centres across Australia): http://bit.ly/1Kys03W.
7. Source: Productivity Commission, Deep and Persistent Disadvantage in Australia, 2013: http://bit.ly/1AQLkYJ.