The selection process

The Leadership Development Program pushes participants’ boundaries and tests resilience, problem solving and organisational and planning ability like no other. Throughout the selection process, candidates are rigorously assessed against eight competencies.

Teach For Australia Associates don’t start out as teachers – in fact, they come from all academic disciplines and a variety of backgrounds. Teaching may or may not be something that you have previously considered. We look for well-rounded and passionate individuals who have the qualities to create change, inside the classroom and beyond.

The selection process

We assess candidates using a three stage process.

Stage One – The Online Assessment

The opportunity to demonstrate your past experience and why you want to participate in the Leadership Development Program. You will need your University transcripts and an up to date CV. We also recommend chatting with one of our Recruitment Managers before pressing submit.

Stage Two – The Phone Interview

Stage two is completed over the phone and is the chance for us to get to know your motivations further and understand what you could bring as an Associate in the Cohort.

Stage Three – The Virtual Interview

Stage three is a final in-depth interview, conducted virtually. After this stage, we’ll decide whether to invite you to an in-person Selection Day.

Stage Four – Selection Day

A Selection Day is a half day assessment centre, comprising of two assessment activities. We assess your ability, skills and experiences many times, in numerous ways to ensure we have the right people heading into the program in November. If interstate travel is required for you to attend a Selection Day, Teach For Australia will cover the costs.

We run Selection Days from April through to September and would encourage you to submit your application as soon possible, as some learning areas will close sooner than others due to demand from our partner schools.

Through the four stage Selection process, candidates are assessed against eight competencies based on evidence of effectiveness in the classroom.

  1. Leadership and achievement: Have you gained significant, measurable results at university, extracurricular activities and/or work? Have you demonstrated leadership and achievement in your endeavours?
  2. Commitment to our vision and mission: Are you eager to bring about change and make a difference in the lives of the students you teach? Do you passionately and actively believe in the power of education as a force for social justice
  3. Communication and influencing ability: Are you a clear and confident communicator and are you able to influence and motivate others? Do you have maturity and presence? Are you an active listener?
  4. Problem solving: Are you able to think critically, analyse information and generate relevant solutions to problems
  5. Organisational and planning ability: Are you able to plan, organise and prioritise your activities effectively to meet deadlines?
  6. Resilience: Are you willing to work hard with resilience and optimism to overcome obstacles? Do you relish a challenge and are you driven to succeed?
  7. Humility, respect and empathy: Do you operate with humility? Do you show respect and empathy towards others? Do you look for the best in the people around you?
  8. Learning and self-evaluation: Are you driven to succeed? Are you open to learning from others and do you seek out opportunities to do so? Do you take ownership for development with regards to your own performance?


We recognise that these competencies can be developed through a range of experiences and all applications are looked at holistically. We harness different perspectives, experiences and talents in order to continually learn and best serve our culturally diverse school communities.

We are committed to ensuring that all applicants are treated fairly and with respect, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion or ability. We are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process to accommodate your particular circumstances.