Targeted initiative to attract more teachers

​The Victorian Government is taking action to bridge the divide between regional and metropolitan schools, with an initial investment of $82.8 million committed for new and existing initiatives.

This includes a $45.2 million funding boost to address teacher supply issues outside Melbourne by attracting teachers and school leaders to state schools in rural and regional Victoria, and supporting them to stay.

Quality teachers in all Victorian classrooms are essential to reaching the Education State Targets.

Funding breakdown

  • $12.5 million that will go towards offering the best teachers up to $50,000 to re-locate to country areas to fill hard-to-staff positions, as well as a range of non-financial support to assist with relocation, such as help with finding housing. Teachers will also be eligible for retention payments of up to $9,000 per annum in their first three years if they remain in these roles.
  • $12.9 million to support school leaders with additional expert Turnaround Teams to work with individual schools facing the greatest barriers to addressing underperformance.
  • $7 million to fund additional Executive Class Principals to take on the most challenging, complex and specialised school leadership roles.
  • $12.8 million to increase the number of high-quality teachers specialising in VET and VCAL so that more students from country areas can access and complete apprenticeships, traineeships and further education. This forms part of a wider program of work to improve the quality and supply of vocational and applied learning in schools across Victoria. For more on this program, please refer to the VET-VCAL Workforce Reform Program

When will these incentives become available

These incentives will become available during the 2020 school year, with the number of available financial incentives to increase over time.

Financial incentives

We are offering teachers a one-off incentive payment of up to $50,000 (pre-tax) to encourage them to apply for hard-to-staff positions.

The average incentive offered will be approximately $25,000. This includes additional retention payments of up to $9,000 for three years, plus relocation support.

Some schools struggle to recruit qualified teachers. This may be because of certain subjects, rural areas or disadvantage.

We have introduced this incentive to make hard-to-staff positions more attractive so that all schools can have high quality teachers.

Teachers can use incentive payments to cover:

  • relocation
  • housing
  • cost of living expenses

Schools can apply to the Department if they want to offer a financial incentive for a position in their school.

Candidates who are interested in participating can contact the Schools Recruitment Unit on 1800 641 943 or email

Secondary Mathematics and Science Initiative (SMSI) for out-of-field teachers

We are providing out-of-field maths and science teachers with a Graduate Certificate. This initiative is available for out-of-field Years 7-10 maths and science teachers across rural, regional and metropolitan schools.

This initiative will build teachers’ knowledge and classroom skills in their chosen field, giving them the confidence to drive real improvements in their schools.

Professional learning program

The Department is providing these teachers with a comprehensive one-year professional learning program. This includes accreditation in a new teaching method by completing a Graduate Certificate in their out-of-field subject.

A Graduate Certificate in maths or science education builds on teachers’ existing expertise. They develop the confidence and capability to deliver high quality learning experiences for students in a new method.

Participating schools will receive funding to support time release for each teacher in order to undertake and apply their professional learning, alongside further supports to strengthen teachers’ professional learning.

The first cohort of teachers will commence training in 2021.

Employment-based pathways

An employment-based pathway is where a high performing graduate can work as a paraprofessional in a school, while studying for a postgraduate teaching qualification.

Victorian government schools in hard-to-staff locations and/or difficult to fill subject areas can apply to host a student as part of an employment-based pathway.

Eligible participants include:

  • High-achieving graduates, professionals and career-changers with subject area expertise
  • High quality high calibre graduates who have met rigorous entry standards and selection processes, and have the personal attributes to engage students.
  • Graduates from backgrounds that reflect teacher employment demands, particularly mathematics, science and language subject areas

Pathway programs

Employment Based Pathways allow participants to work and study toward teaching qualifications. Both offer considerable support to schools and intern-teachers.

The Department is funding three employment-based pathways into teaching:

Teach For Australia

Teach for Australia places high-achieving graduates, professionals and career-changers with subject area expertise into disadvantaged secondary schools. Associates begin teaching at the beginning of term one and complete a Master of Teaching (Secondary) during their two-year teaching placement.

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education program

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education program places interns in difficult-to-fill roles. It recruits graduates from backgrounds that reflect industry demands, particularly mathematics, science and language subjects.

La Trobe’s NEXUS program

La Trobe’s NEXUS program recruits, prepares, supports high achieving teachers to graduate. The NEXUS program is an alternative pathway into secondary teaching in disadvantaged school in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and Bendigo, Shepparton, Albury, Wodonga and Mildura.