About the program

Program details and eligibility criteria

Preparing you for the next step in your career as a school leader


Specifically designed for teachers working in regional and remote schools facing educational disadvantage, the Future Leaders Program prepares you for the next step in your career: the challenging, yet rewarding, roles of school leadership.

Our vision is of an Australia where education gives every child, regardless of their background, greater choice for their future. For over a decade, Teach For Australia has offered leading development programs to many levels of teachers working in schools facing educational disadvantage. The Future Leaders Program supports early career teachers in regional and remote schools in particular, by developing the next generation of school leaders in those communities and improving access to high quality teaching and learning.

The program offers you the opportunity to develop and receive targeted feedback, in an environment with:

  • Individualised coaching – building on your unique strengths and aspirations
  • Contextualised support – focusing on your school and region’s particular opportunities and challenges
  • Peer network – matching you with other teachers who share particular strengths and work in similar contexts, so you can grow together throughout the program and beyond 

You will build skills, capabilities and mindsets in:

  • Self leadership
  • Technical expertise
  • Relational leadership
  • Building relationships and influencing others 
  • Systems thinking 

Program specifics

  • Duration: 1-year, commencing in early 2021
  • Mode: Blended learning, with national and regional face-to-face sessions and live and self-directed online modules 
  • Location: The program is open to teachers in outer regional and remote schools in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. However, if you are based outside of these locations we do encourage you to express your interest as we aim to expand the jurisdictions we operate in for 2022.
  • Fees: A full scholarship is offered to all participants. Schools are offered a stipend to allow for time release.

Applications for 2021 are now closed. Express your interest in future cohorts here.


To be eligible, you must be a K-12 teacher who:

  • Is a classroom teacher with at least 2 years experience
  • Works in an outer regional or remote school in Western Australia or the Northern Territory* with ICSEA** below 1000; and
  • Aspires towards a school leadership role

Additional measures may be considered in order to determine eligibility, therefore if your school has a current ICSEA of 1000 or above, and you believe should be eligible, please contact us at info@futureleadersprogram.org.au or call +61 3 8640 4500.

While we are currently accepting applications from teachers in regional, rural and remote Western Australia and the Northern Territory, if you are an early career teacher working in another non-metro state or territory, we encourage you to get in touch! The program may expand to additional regions.

*Other jurisdictions coming soon – watch this space and let us know you’re interested

**The Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) was created by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) specifically to enable fair comparisons of National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test achievement by students in schools across Australia. A value on the index corresponds to the average level of educational advantage of the school’s student population relative to those of other schools. Click here for further information. 

The Future Leaders Program is delivered with the support of the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.