Department of Education

Switch Program

SWITCH is a tailored training program to support:

  • Primary teachers to teach in secondary subject areas of need: science, mathematics and design and technology
  • Secondary teachers to teach in an additional specialist learning areas. Currently maths, science and design and technology
  • Lower secondary science teachers to teach upper secondary Physics, Chemistry and Maths.
  • Teachers with languages experience to teach primary languages.

2017 Short Courses


Expressions of Interest are currently being accepted.  You will be contacted shortly after you apply to confirm your participation.  Participation is dependent on the endorsement of the principal and/or Head of Learning Area.

Training is delivered by highly qualified specialist providers and focus on content knowledge and practical skills.

The Department will fund travel and accommodation for country participants and will meet university fees and book costs for all participants.

Graduates and relief teachers can apply to participate. 

For further information please contact or phone 9264 4412.


Additional SWITCH information for applicants and principals.

Funding arrangements

Funding to support teachers complete Switch training is paid automatically as an operational response allocation to schools following the completion of training. There is no need for Principals to apply.

Relief is provided to attend university units or short courses.  Further information will be sent directly to participants.

Teachers completing the Graduate Certificates also complete 10 days of school-based professional learning to complement their content training.  Funding will be forwarded directly to schools.

Which costs does Switch cover?

Universities and training providers invoice the Department directly for course fees for all Switch participants. Costs of any essential course materials purchased by the participants, such as texts, will be reimbursed, and in some instances purchased directly.

What is the process for travel and accommodation for teachers in the country?

Some teachers may be required to travel to Perth for training.  Travel and accommodation costs are met by Switch.  All motor vehicle allowance claims are completed in HRMIS using the Switch cost centre (56350) and project code (1420).

Where and when should a teacher complete their online study?

Where teachers are studying online, principals are responsible for determining whether online study is completed at school or teachers are released to study at home, the library or university.

Find out more

Switch Coordinator
T: 9264 4412




Switch Program

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