Tutor learning initiative: information for prospective tutors

Tutors to support student learning

Victorian schools engaged over 4100 teaching professionals to work as tutors in 2021.  The tutors provide extra support to students whose learning was disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is part of the largest initiative in the state's history to provide students with extra targeted support, with $250 million being invested in the initiative.

How schools engage tutors

Every government school and eligible non-government school that needs support received funding to engage tutors to support their students that need it most. Tutors are working across primary, secondary, and specialist settings for the 2021 school year.

Schools put the initiative in place based on the needs of their students and the school. The engagement of tutors, student support, and hours of work vary depending on these needs.

Tutors work on the school site. The targeted teaching they provide to their students involves students taking part in small group learning in a regular classroom setting or outside of regular class.

Registering interest to tutor in government schools

Government schools select and recruit tutors to work in their schools using their regular recruitment processes.  Schools have already recruited tutors to meet their needs during Term 1, but some new positions may become available throughout the 2021 school year. For example, if tutors engaged in Term 1 have to take leave or take up new positions.

Schools are supported in their recruitment through the Recruitment Online Portal (ROL) register of interested tutors. This is available to schools for the duration of 2021. Further information on registering interest through the ROL is provided below.

Engagement of tutors in non-government schools

Catholic and independent schools taking part in the Tutor Learning Initiative employ tutors using their own recruitment processes. If you're interested in working as a tutor in a Catholic or independent school, you're encouraged to engage with employment opportunities at schools in these sectors.

Eligibility to be a tutor in 2021

You're eligible if you:

  • are currently registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)
  • have 'Permission to Teach' from the VIT
  • are a pre-service teacher working under the supervision of an experienced teacher
  • are a retired teacher. If you're a retired teacher, contact the VIT for support to re-register
  • are a speech therapist or occupational therapist tutoring in specific identified student needs.

The VIT also offers advice about eligibility requirements for tutors in 2021. For more information visit Victorian Government Tutor Learning Initiative.

Employment information for government schools

A VIT registered teacher appointed as a tutor is paid by government schools. Salary is based on salary rates and conditions as specified in the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017, taking into account years of service and arrangements for pre-service teachers. Tutor employment may be on a full-time, part-time or casual basis.

Information on VIT registered teacher salaries is available on:

Register to become a tutor in a government school

If you're interested in further tutoring opportunities that become available during the 2021 year, you can complete your registration through our Recruitment Online Portal (ROL). This will allow schools to access your information throughout the school year to meet their tutor recruitment needs.

If you're a current Department employee, you must log into Recruitment Online through  eduPay. Once logged into eduPay, click the 'Careers' tile, followed by the 'School Jobs' tile to navigate to ROL.

If you do not already have an account, you'll need to create one and submit your CV/resume, and work preferences to job opportunities as follows:

  • Go to the portal and click on 'Add your resume to ROL Job Opportunities' 
  • Register as a new user
  • Complete the guided step-by-step process, and make sure you select 'R0001 P- Tutor' when adding Role Type under the Preference step. This is important to ensure you are considered for the right role.
  • Schools will access the talent pool in Recruitment Online to make their selection. To help with the selection process, provide as much information as possible at each of the steps, including attaching your CV/resume.  

If you already have an existing job opportunity – go to My Activities, select that opportunity, and update the Preference step with 'R0001 - Tutor' as the role type. This will make sure you are considered for the right role.

If you are no longer interested in being contacted about a tutor position, we recommend that you withdraw your application from the ROL Portal. For instruction guidelines, use the “ROL Tutor Job Opportunities - Returning User” document on Applicant help - recruitment online.

For more information about the registration process, visit support information or contact Schools Recruitment on 1800 641 943.

For general enquiries about the initiative, contact tutor@education.vic.gov.au