Funding to support provisionally registered early childhood teachers

Get funding to help early childhood teachers in Victoria move from provisional to full registration. Learn about eligibility, criteria, and the 2024 grant round schedule.

The department offers additional funding for early childhood services to support provisionally registered early childhood teachers to move to full registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Moving from provisional to full registration is an important step in a teacher’s career and demonstrates their proficiency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Approved Providers of early childhood services in Victoria can apply for funding of $2,872 (excluding GST) per teacher.

Who can apply

Approved Providers can apply on behalf of each provisionally registered teacher (PRT) they employ at an early childhood service delivering a state-funded kindergarten program in Victoria.

This includes PRTs:

  • working in a teaching role in a funded room, or an unfunded room
  • working in a teaching role on a casual basis, provided the service can support them to achieve full teacher registration.

The PRT must intend to move to full registration within 12 months of receiving the funding.

Funding criteria

The funding is a once-off payment per eligible provisionally registered teacher.

Funding is subject to department approval of the successful application and the availability of funds. Submitting an application does not guarantee funding will be awarded.

What the funding can be used for

Funding can be used in any way that supports the provisionally registered teacher (PRT) to move to full registration. This includes:

  • providing paid time release, travel or accommodation expenses for both the PRT and a mentor to work with each other
  • employing a casual relief teacher to back-fill the PRT and/or the mentor
  • supporting the PRT to undertake formal professional learning
  • opportunities such as; attendance at conferences, workshops, seminars, online courses, subscriptions to teacher magazines/journals/research articles and teacher textbook resources on particular topics.

How to apply for the funding

  • The link to the application form will be provided once applications open. Refer to the Funding rounds and payment schedule section below.
  • Ensure you have read the Funding Agreement (PDF, 53KB) which outlines your contractual obligations.
  • The department will advise successful applicants of the outcome of their applications.
  • Grant payments will be made through existing service agreements with Approved Providers.

Funding rounds and payment schedule

The Provisionally Registered Teacher (PRT) Grants Program usually involves 2 grant rounds per financial year. Due to improvements being made this year to the PRT Grants Program, however, a one-off change to the program schedule will see just one grant round run between July 2023 and June 2024.

The amalgamated grant round will be held in early 2024, with applications opening in March 2024.

We recognise the inconvenience this one-off change may cause, so to reduce the impact on early childhood teachers (ECTs) and Approved Providers, the eligibility criteria will be modified temporarily for the first grant round of 2024. The eligibility criteria will allow for applications to be accepted from Approved Providers of ECTs still in their employment that were supported to move to full registration between April 2023 and March 2024.

Frequently asked questions

From approved providers

From provisionally registered teachers (PRTs)

From mentors of PRTs

More information

If you need assistance finding a mentor, visit How to find an early childhood mentor.

For more information about the inquiry process and how to apply for full registration, visit the VIT’s moving to full registration information hub.