You Can Make The Difference.

The Johnathan Thurston Academy is a provider of education programs and initiatives for the nation’s youth, aimed at employment, education, and wellbeing led by one of Australia’s greatest ever sporting champions and role models to young people, Johnathan Thurston.


Our mission at JT Academy is to boost and empower our nation’s youth with increased SELF-BELIEF, CONFIDENCE, and COURAGE.

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Welcome to The Johnathan Thurston Academy.

In February 2018, Managing Director Johnathan Thurston launched The Johnathan Thurston Academy, a powerful and influential institution that focuses on employment, community, and education engagement. Led by Johnathan Thurston himself, our Academy stands as a national ambassador of positive messaging and a force to be reckoned with.

At The Johnathan Thurston Academy, we bring together the strength of our powerful brand and our extensive networks to foster a sustainable collaborative approach. Our programs aim to create behavioural change, cultivate positive attitudes, and support students in their journey to complete their education and secure meaningful employment.

We pride ourselves on being a community of learning, where personal growth and experiences are shared through storytelling across generations. Participants at The Johnathan Thurston Academy not only experience personal growth and life success through inspired belief, but they also learn the invaluable skill of inspiring others to achieve the same.

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Why JTAcademy? Quality Training and Opportunities.

The Johnathan Thurston Academy is becoming Australia's leading provider of programs for youth in education, employment, and well-being.

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JTLeadLikeAGirl is a standout program for young women, focused on developing leadership, teamwork, and other key skills that promote success throughout one’s life and career. We engage directly with young women through interactive and inspirational workshops exploring personal development and achievement.
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JTBelieve is a standout program for young people and their families, focused on developing confidence, courage, and self-belief. Over the program, participants will work to develop leadership, teamwork, and other key skills that promote success throughout one’s life and career. They will participate in discussions about achieving goals; preparing for life’s challenges and utilising tools that are critical for personal, educational, and professional development.
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JTYouGotThis (JTYGT) is a community-based program to support vulnerable youth who are at risk of entering or becoming entrenched in the criminal justice system. The program focuses on enhancing internal strength and building resilience with the hope of protecting our youth.  Following the leadership of Johnathan Thurston, our equipped facilitators aim to increase the self-belief, confidence, and courage of the youth so that they can be drivers of their own change. 
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This program is a youth-led inclusive employment readiness program designed to better equip young people in regional and remote communities for work. We specifically aim to connect young people with practical and sustainable work ready training and ultimately job outcomes. This program is designed to provide participants with the necessary social and practical support while working with them to navigate skills and employment pathways that support participation and prevent long term disengagement. Our program builds Confidence, Courage and Self-Belief!
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Don’t Be Scared of Failing. Be Scared of Not Giving It A Go.

You might not be the biggest or the fastest, but you need to have that self belief that you're good enough

If you think you are outclassed, you are. You've got to think high to rise and you've got to be sure of yourself before you can win a prize.

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

When someone tells me I can’t do something, it’s like someone is having a dig at me and I just want to prove them wrong.

- Johnathan Thurston More About JT
At Johnathan Thurston Academy, we warmly embrace every individual, embracing diversity in ethnicity, lifestyle, faith, orientation, and identity.
Recognise and honour the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their rich cultures, and advocate for their overall welfare.
Johnathan Thurston Academy supports young Australians and their families through employment initiatives and community programs.


Johnathan Thurston Academy pays the deepest respect to the Traditional Custodians of Country across Australia. We acknowledge and thank our Elders who demonstrated over 60,000 years of sustainable Indigenous business and ask them to guide us back on track to a more prosperous and purposeful future.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have passed away.