Information and supports for graduate teachers

Kickstart your teaching career with financial incentives, access to comprehensive support, professional development, and networking.

Financial incentives and supports to help you jump start your teaching career

Graduate teachers can receive financial incentives, access a dedicated jobs pool to help secure their first role and unlock continuous development opportunities.

There’s never been a better time to start your teaching career in a Victorian government school.

Financial incentive payments

If you’re an eligible graduate teacher starting your career in the 2023-24 financial year, a payment of $5,650 (inc. GST) could be available to you through the Graduate Teacher Recruitment Initiative (GTRI).

To be eligible to receive the incentive payment you'll need to:

  • have completed your course requirements and graduated in the last 4 years
  • not be employed as a teacher by the Department at the time the advertised position is due to start, and
  • hold a valid VIT registration at the time the position commences.

Incentive inclusions:

  • part-time positions will attract a pro-rata incentive amount equal to the time fraction advertised
  • teachers who accept these positions need to commit to at least a year in the position to retain the incentive.

How to qualify

All you need to do to qualify for the incentive payment is apply for graduate teacher roles, including full time and part time positions, in Victorian government schools.

To apply for positions, visit Recruitment Online and search for open positions by filtering jobs by role type and selecting the ‘Graduate Teacher’ category. Candidates can submit applications for positions even without VIT registration, however, acquiring VIT registration before commencing in the role is required.

If you’re eligible and successful with your application, you’ll receive the payment once you start working at your school.

Apply for roles in Victorian government schools

You can also use the Job Opportunities Pool(opens in a new window) to register your interest for graduate positions in Victorian government schools and select your preferences, including location and subject. Apply here to be automatically matched to a school’s vacant teaching position.

Professional Development

Graduate teachers are supported from the moment they start a new role in a Victorian government school and have access to continuous development opportunities.

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