The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership (Academy) delivers evidence-informed and inspiring professional learning to Victorian teachers and school leaders.

The Academy's specialised and targeted professional learning empowers and equips Victorian teachers and school leaders to have lasting, significant and positive impacts on students, schools and the system. 

The Academy's work in teacher professional learning spans the government, independent and Catholic school sectors. This puts us in a unique position to elevate the whole profession and influence teaching and school leadership excellence in every Victorian school.

Our focus is on strengthening student outcomes in Victoria through equitable access to tailored teaching and leadership professional learning. 


The Academy builds on the outstanding reputation of the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership (Bastow).

Established in 2009 as a branch of the Department of Education and Training, Bastow played a critical role in developing high-quality leaders at every level across the Victorian education system.

The Academy sustains Bastow's focus on driving excellence in school leadership and extends this work to include teaching practice. 

We continue to take the same intentional approach to recognising and developing emerging and established leaders, while strengthening the investment in specialised professional learning for highly skilled teachers.

The Academy draws on the latest evidence from research and high-performing systems around the world. We support teachers and school leaders to develop their expertise and deepen their positive impact on students and communities.

Academy participants follow in the footsteps of Bastow's alumni as influential role models. They play a vital system leadership role in driving excellence in teaching, learning and leadership.

Legislation and governance 

As a statutory authority, the Academy is established through the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. For more information, visit the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents

The Academy is governed by a board that includes members from the government, Independent and Catholic school sectors and led by a chief executive officer. The board balances school education and community interests to support the Academy to meet the diverse professional learning needs of Victorian educators.

The Academy provides impartial, expert advice to the Victorian Minister for Education and the Department of Education and Training.


Our locations across Victoria are hubs for collaborative learning and educational and community activities. Each facility is designed to be a place where great ideas are explored and people flourish.

Our new flagship location at 41 St Andrews Place and our existing North Melbourne location are exciting contemporary spaces that draw inspiration from the rich history of their sites.

Our new locations in Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Moe and Shepparton complement these spaces, bringing high-quality and contextually responsive professional learning to all Victorian educators.

Last updated 22 March 2022