Graduate Teacher Recruitment Initiative

Eligible graduate teaching positions are now ongoing.

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 the advertised position is to commence.

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 $77,248 and can access progression of up to $114,591 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.
  • access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), providing support with work, life and personal health issues.
  • 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.