Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) Australia


In 2011, The Victoria Institute received Commonwealth HEPPP competitive funding of $1.4m for the implementation and research into the AVID program in Australia. The institute is leading the program in four schools and tertiary institutions across the country.

AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a university-readiness system with primary, secondary and tertiary programs.

The program equips low socio-economic and under-performing students with the academic, social and emotional skills to be successful at university.

AVID also supports school leaders through the means of an ongoing professional learning system that builds explicit teaching skills. This is to ensure teachers are well equipped to help students aspire to university success.

There is a strong evidence base for its efficiency. It was recently highlighted as a case study of excellence of the OECD report: Excellence and Quality in Education (page 141).

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Research objective

Our AVID Australia research project aims to investigate how effective, sustainable and transferable the AVID system can be in Australia.

We are interested in discovering:

  • why students from the participating schools have traditionally had a lower expectation of aspiring to and gaining entry into university
  • what the implications are for implementing the AVID system more widely in an Australian context.


The project aims to understand the impact of the AVID system and to answer the following questions:

  • How does the AVID program raise aspirations and access to university?
  • How does this intersect with the students' own sense of identity and motivation around university aspirations, entry and achievement?
  • As a result of participation in the AVID system, what changes occur in terms of the motivation, engagement and meta-cognitive practices of teachers, pre-service teachers, school leadership and students?
  • How does the implementation of AVID contribute to whole school impact?
  • Does implementing the AVID system lead to deeper engagement between home, school and the wider community?
  • To what extent does AVID reshape the attitudes of families toward the educational system and the opportunities it provides?


Read more about AVID Australia and how the program is transforming classrooms around the country. 

Project team


There are currently over 40 schools in Victoria, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Western Australia implementing AVID, and VU is partnering with the following universities to assist schools, and to implement AVID in their own curricula:

  • Charles Sturt University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • The University of Newcastle

AVID Australia Summer Institute 2016

The Victoria Institute will host AVID's Australian professional learning program - the AVID Australia Summer Institute - from 30 November - 2 December 2016. This year's Strand Guide is now available for download. Read more about previous summer institutes in the 'News' section. Please note that only schools with an AVID Australia license are able to attend. Contact AVID Australia to find out how your school can become an AVID school.  


For further information contact:

The Victoria Institute
Phone: +61 3 9919 4604