Business Franchise Australia


Tutor Doctor – Changing lives through education


Tutor Doctor is a Canadian-based franchise with a clear mission: To change the trajectory of students’ lives.

Tutor Doctor is a leader in providing one-to-one supplementary education to students and adults through in-home tutoring around the world, with 640 franchises in 15 countries and growing.

Tutor Doctor is uniquely qualified to serve the growing demand for supplemental education services in Australia. Students and parents are looking for a service that is dedicated to their needs; they already have classrooms filled with students, and they want something that will give them special one-to-one attention. Tutor Doctor is committed to the philosophy that every child can learn, but not every child learns the same way. This individualised approach to help students reach their goals is key to the franchise’s success.

 Tutor Doctor already has some operators throughout markets in Australia. One of those operators, Mark Gaskin, has grown his business to three territories in the western suburbs of Sydney in the 18 months that he’s been with the franchise. Gaskin said the country is eager to find education opportunities outside of its less-than-perfect school system.

‘Our school system is falling behind the rest of the world, and people are very aware of that,’ Gaskin said. ‘We hear it all the time from the media and politicians. There is an enormous opportunity for tutoring services to fill that gap, and the demand for high-quality tutoring services seems to grow every year.’

While a background in education is not necessary to start a Tutor Doctor franchise, Gaskin came to the franchise after leaving the school system. After a 30-year career as a primary school teacher, Gaskin decided to pursue an entrepreneurial inclination and invested in a fitness franchise. In 2015, Gaskin discovered Tutor Doctor and saw in it the perfect opportunity to combine his two passions.

‘When I stopped teaching, I was looking for a new challenge, and I wanted to own something, but I never lost that passion for education,’ Gaskin said. ‘Tutor Doctor allowed me to combine my experience in the business world and my experience in education to create something important that I can stand behind. Though I do not tutor students personally, I am now running a business that is helping students and their families with something that I feel strongly about.’

New Tutor Doctor franchisees in Australia will benefit from a comprehensive training program and a robust suite of support services, which Gaskin said has been an enormous help, even with his wealth of experience in both education and franchising.

‘I had gone through training for the fitness franchise, and I was so impressed with the level of detail in training for Tutor Doctor,’ Gaskin said. ‘That level of support continued after I opened my Tutor Doctor and continues now, and not just from corporate. I frequently work with other Tutor Doctor owners, not just locally but around the world. There’s a genuine feeling of community and support that makes owners want to support each other.’

In 2019, Tutor Doctor is focusing their development efforts on three of Australia’s most prominent markets where the franchise is particularly well primed for growth: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Initial franchise fees to open a new Tutor Doctor in Australia range from $49,700 to $104,400. Tutor Doctor is looking first and foremost for entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in their community