Graduate Teacher Incentive Payments

Financial incentives to help you jump start your teaching career

The department has up to 400 financial incentives (subject to availability) of $5,650 (including GST) to eligible graduate teachers who commence in graduate teacher positions in the 2023–24 financial year. Each financial incentive will be paid to eligible graduates after commencing employment with the school.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for graduate teacher vacancies in our schools, candidates must:

  1. Be a 4-year qualified teacher who has completed all course requirements and graduated within the last 4 years.
  2. Be currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.
  3. Not be employed as a teacher by the department at the time of the commencement of the advertised vacancy.
  4. Commit to a minimum of 1 year's employment in the school.

How do I apply?

Why choose a Victorian government school?

Teaching in Victorian government schools is a rewarding and dynamic career where no two days are the same. As a teacher you have an opportunity to have a real impact on a child’s life.

Victorian government school teachers are supported by their peers, their leaders and the government to deliver great outcomes for their students. They apply the latest research and global best-practice to achieve excellence in our schools.

As a teacher you can inspire your students and help each Victorian child become a better version of themselves.

As a graduate teacher you will:

  • receive a competitive starting salary of $76,484 and can access progression of up to $113,456 as a classroom teacher.
  • be provided with secure ongoing employment – all graduate teacher vacancies are advertised as ongoing.
  • be considered for flexible working arrangements upon request.
  • be connected with a state-wide network of peers and enjoy hands-on training with the latest technology.
  • have the chance to build professional relationships with your colleagues and have an ongoing professional development such as:
    • professional learning communities (PLCs) consists of small groups of teachers working together.
    • Learning Specialists whose role is to focus on supporting teachers and graduates to become more effective teachers.
    • professional practice days, which are dedicated time to focus to improve high-quality teaching and learning.
  • Be supported with professional development opportunities and initiatives such as:
    • Graduate Teacher Learning Series including feature articles, graduate video series, podcasts and many other toolkits.
    • Graduate Teacher Conferences for first- and second-year teachers to enhance professional practice.
    • Effective Monitoring Program for classroom mentoring matched with a mentor teacher.
    • induction support materials such as graduate teacher induction guide.
  • Work for an employer that champions diversity and provides an inclusive workplace that aims for a workforce that reflects the diversity of the Victorian community.
  • Be employed by the Department of Education, not just a school, giving you the ability to work across Victoria while maintaining ongoing employment and leave entitlements that will move with you from one school to another.
  • Have clear pathways to middle leadership through the Victorian Teaching and Learning Academy, and to Learning Specialist and Leading Teacher positions.
  • Receive the benefit of improved working conditions including:
    • The first reduction in face-to-face teaching in over 3 decades
    • Enhanced time-in-lieu provisions for teachers and education support class employees.
    • Increases to paid parental leave entitlements and superannuation contributions during the first 12 months of unpaid parental leave.

Handy recruitment tips

  • Start your job search early: It's never too early to start looking for a job. Start your search early and be open to various teaching opportunities. You may not get your dream job right away, but any teaching experience is valuable.
  • Create a strong resume and cover letter: Your resume and cover letter should be tailored to the teaching position you are applying for. Highlight your relevant skills and experience, and make sure they are easy to read.
  • Network with other teachers: Attend job fairs, join teaching organizations, and connect with other teachers in your field. They may have job leads or be able to offer you advice on your job search.
  • Be flexible: Be open to teaching different grade levels or subjects. This will make you more marketable to potential employers. Also think about other geographic areas.
  • Prepare for interviews: Research the school and council you are interviewing with and prepare answers to common interview questions. Be sure to dress professionally and arrive early.
  • Follow up after interviews: Send a thank-you email or note after your interview to show your appreciation for the opportunity and reiterate your interest in the position.
  • Keep a positive attitude: The job search process can be stressful but try to stay positive and don't get discouraged. Keep working hard and you will eventually find the right teaching position for you.