Rural, regional and specialist school pre-service teacher placements

Get support to complete your placement.

Subsidised and supported rural teaching placements for pre-service teachers

Contribute to a local Victorian community while you develop skills and confidence in the classroom.

Placements at rural, regional, and specialist schools are invaluable experiences for pre-service teachers.

They allow you to build relationships with potential employers and add something extra to your teaching qualifications.

They could also be the first step towards a rewarding career and life in rural or regional Victoria.

Pre-service teacher (PST) Placement Grant (PPG) program

You may be eligible for a per-day grant to complete your PST placement.

To be eligible, you must complete your PST placement:

  • in a regional, remote or specialist Victorian government school
  • between 1 July 2023 and 31 December 2025.

This includes international students and PSTs already based in a regional or remote location.

The daily rate will depend on the location of the eligible host school and will be paid directly to the PSTs.

Further information about the grants.

Program options and participating partners

Teach Rural

The Teach Rural program supports student teachers in placements at rural and regional Victorian government schools.

As part of the program, you’ll get:

  • a placement organised and coordinated by Country Education Partnership
  • fully subsidised and organised accommodation
  • tailored welcome packs with information on the schools and community
  • a welcome event and dinner with the host school principal or mentor
  • a peer network or community engagement event
  • dedicated mentor teacher support and induction.

To find out more, visit the Teach Rural website.

Teaching Academies of Professional Practice (TAPPs)

TAPPs are partnerships between universities and schools. They help improve the quality of placements for student teachers.

As part of a TAPP placement, you’ll get:

  • subsidised accommodation
  • a community welcome pack and events
  • mentor teacher support.

The following TAPPs support placements in rural and regional Victoria:

  • Australian Catholic University’s Horsham/Wimmera partnership
  • Deakin University’s Horsham/Wimmera partnership
  • Federation University’s Horsham/Wimmera partnership
  • La Trobe University’s Bendigo partnership
  • La Trobe University’s Greater Shepparton partnership
  • University of Melbourne’s Greater Shepparton partnership
  • Monash University’s Bass Coast partnership.

To find out more, visit the TAPPs webpage.

Access Quality Teaching (AQT)

The AQT program is run in partnership with four universities:

  • Deakin University
  • Federation University
  • La Trobe University
  • Swinburne University of Technology.

The program supports student teachers with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of >70 or Grade Point Average (GPA) of >6.5. It helps schools in regional areas attract high-performing student teachers to graduate roles.

As part of the program, you’ll get:

  • placement supports - in some cases, an annual stipend of $900
  • a modified curriculum, with a specific focus on trauma-informed teaching and behavioural management.

To find out more, email:

Benefits of a rural or regional placement

There are so many benefits in doing a rural or regional placement. Watch the video to learn more.

Student teachers share their experiences

Find out what it’s really like from people who have done these placements before. Student teachers who did placements in St Arnaud and Wangaratta share their experiences.