Australian schools have high quality teachers. Australian schools perform strongly in international tests as a result of continued support by the Australian Government through quality teaching programs.
Government programs are in place to improve the quality of teachers and schools leaders, including:
- Smarter Schools – Improving Teacher Quality National Partnership agreement provides $550 million in funds over five years to support states and territories to improve the quality of the Australian teaching workforce.
- Australian Government Quality Teacher Program provides funding to non-government education authorities to run projects and activities that offer professional learning for teachers and school leaders.
- Australian Awards for Outstanding Teaching and School Leadership celebrate the work of Australia’s best and brightest teachers and their exceptional contribution to young people’s lives. School authorities across Australia are invited to recognise outstanding teachers and school leaders, by nominating them for one of six national awards.
- Rewards for Great Teachers recognises teachers in Australia who achieve certification at the highest levels of the National Professional Standards for Teachers. Teachers who achieve certification at the Highly Accomplished or Lead level of the standards will receive a one-off payment.
- National Professional Standards for Teachers is a statement that defines the work of teachers and describes what is high-quality, effective teaching in 21st century schools.
- Teacher Workforce Information, the Australian Government collects information about the teacher workforce. This information can help in dealing with challenges such as teacher shortages.
- Teach Next is a program giving highly skilled and experienced professionals the chance for a career change into the teaching profession.
- New Pathway, Teach for Australia aims to attract high performing graduates from non-teaching backgrounds into the teaching profession, place participants into schools where they can make the most difference and form links between government and business to increase corporate and philanthropic interest in education.