Educators SA Professional Learning Funding: Main Elements

Member associations of Educators SA are able to apply for funding under our PL2 professional learning program.  The following information is provided to inform your application and ensure it connects with Educators SA foci and priorities.

The overarching purpose of this funding is to build the capacity of successful associations to develop and implement high quality professional learning, which builds our profession and results in improved learning outcomes for children and young people. 

When drafting your application one of the key questions for you to consider is how this funding will allow you to innovate and raise your associations profile.

Current Educators SA Professional Learning Foci:

o    Innovation

o    Early Career Teachers

o    Literacy and Numeracy

Priorities re the Educators SA / Minister Agreement 2016-2019:

o    implementation of the Australian Curriculum;

o    addressing disadvantage and social justice;

o    alignment of all professional learning programs with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework;

o    Teaching for Effective Learning (TfEL) Framework and Department for Education's Strategic Directions (learning design, assessment and moderation, General Capabilities):

o    mentoring and supporting early career teachers and new educators;

o    providing leadership training and learning programs aligned with national priorities;

o    engaging in collaborative inquiry learning projects and partnerships;

o    meeting national registration requirements and gathering of professional learning and proficiency evidence. 


Driving Quality Performance

Building Productive and Strategic Relationships

Embedding Sustainability

Important information and dates:

There is one funding round and it closes 21st January 2019.

1.       Applications are assessed against the Educators SA professional learning foci and the Educators SA/Department for Education agreement priorities.

2.       Applications are not expected to address all the above but should show that they address some; this is a key part of the assessment of the applications.  Applications can also include other priorities relevant to your association and your project.

3.       If your application can’t address both the Educators SA foci and the agreement priorities this does not mean you will not be funded.

4.       It is also useful to keep in mind the Educators SA Priorities in its strategic plan. These are important for all associations so if they can be part of your application then your work could be a resource for others.

5.       Clarity about intended outcomes and how they will be achieved is critical.

6.       Being specific about the type of professional learning is also critical as it helps the panel assess what you’re doing sometimes an important intention can be lost when a generalization is used.

7.       Each Association can only submit one individual application per year.  However associations can also be part of joint applications with other associations.

8.       Associations can apply for up to $6,000.

9.       Larger amounts can be considered for joint applications (two or more associations collaborating); include in your application the reason why more than $6000 is required.

10.   For successful applications, the selection panel may award the full requested amount of a portion of the requested funding. 

11.   The selection panel may require additional information at any time in assessing applications.

12.   It is a requirement that a report on the project is provided by the end of 2019.  A number of options are available for reporting as outlined further in this document.

13.   Only in exceptional cases will the same project be funded in subsequent years; this may apply where value adding can be seen.

All applications must be completed online using the survey monkey link.  Where additional information must be provided this should be forwarded by email to

Reporting Requirements
Due at completion of project and not later than 13 December 2019. Please see the Terms and Expenditure Details at the end of this application for further details.

Application Briefing Session:
An information session will be held on Wednesday 21 November 2018 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at EDC, Milner Street Hindmarsh.  It is highly recommended that all prospective applicants attend this session to ensure you have all the information required.  If attending please respond via the Eventbrite link below.
Click here to register for the briefing session
Submitting your Application:
Applications must be lodged via Survey Monkey no later than 5:00pm on 21 January 2019. 

If you require support any stage of the process please contact the Executive Director Rod Nancarrow at 

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* 1. Project Leader/Contact Person:

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* 2. Name of Association:
(or group of collaborating associations):

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* 3. Name of you professional learning project

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* 4. What amount of funding are you applying for ?

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* 5. What is the Educators SA focus you are aiming to complement?

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* 6. What is/are the main Educators SA/Minister agreement priorities you seek to address?

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* 7. Please provide a brief description of your project including the aims you seek and/or intended learning outcomes.
Max 400 words

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* 8. Please provide details about the nature of professional learning and how that will occur.
MAX 200 words

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* 9. Addressing Australian Professional Standards
(You are not required to fill in ALL; only those that apply to your particular project/activity.)

Which of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers will the proposed activity project meet?

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* 10. What part of the Australian Curriculum/EYLF/SACE/Other framework (please name) will the proposal cover?
(If your application does not a address a curriculum framework please provide a brief description as to why.  For example, your project may be about developing teacher mentoring where the focus is on skill development, not the ‘content’. You might describe the curriculum areas of the teachers or how the mentoring project will improve the teaching of an explicit part of a particular curriculum framework.)

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* 11. Is this proposal part of your strategic plan?
(If you do not have a strategic plan this will not preclude you from funding. Your strategic plan or the aims of your association can give great context to your application)

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* 12. Can this project support teachers and educators in their various career stages?
How do you see your proposal doing that?
(This may link to thoughts about coaching and mentoring models. This may link to the use of innovative approaches in technology. It may link, but not always, to resource development. It may specifically link to building curriculum leadership capacity. It may link to supporting early career and preservice educators. If your project doesn’t it will not preclude you from funding.)

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* 13. What could be the possible benefit for children and young people of your proposal? 

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* 14. How might your project increase your membership?

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* 15. How will your project potentially impact on learners with diverse needs, e.g. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. EALD, Rural and Remote, Gifted and Talented, Students with a Disability....?

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* 16. How will your project potentially engage early career and pre-service educators?

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* 17. How will your program provides sustainable outcomes for your association and the educators involved in the project?

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* 18. Who is the target audience?
Please be as specific as you can

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* 19. Estimated number of participants.

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* 20. What will your evaluation strategies be?

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* 21. How will the requested funding be allocated? What financial contribution will your association(s) be making to the project?

Terms and Expenditure Details

I understand that my Association can only submit one application for funding per year (joint applications exempted).

I understand that the Educators SA priorities can change.

I understand that on conclusion a short report will be required to Educators SA. Feedback from participants will be a requirement of this report.

I understand that as part of the terms of funding that we will be required to run one of the following:

           A small workshop for other Associations in Educators SA

           An article, video or newsletter item that can be shared with other associations

         Sharing the outcomes of your project for the Educators SA Council

          Other options by negotiation

Educators SA can support the professional learning part of your application. Educators SA can’t cover catering and venue costs.

A budget of the complete project is required which shows the link between the funding and the intended activity.

This application cannot be assessed until a completed budget has been included.

To access the funding template please click HERE or download from Professional Learning page on the Educators SA website

For further information email

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* 22. Please upload your finance template here

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