Education by the workforce, for the workforce
The Victorian Government's TAFE teacher incentive program will support hundreds of experienced workers to retrain and enter the TAFE system as teachers.
This means TAFE students can continue to receive the very best training from teachers who have years of on-the-job experience.
Opportunities and support for TAFE teachers
Every course taught at TAFE needs an industry expert with the know-how to teach it. You name the TAFE course and if you’re qualified, you could teach it.
TAFE teachers come from a wide range of backgrounds, you might be:
- a plumber, who’s looking to ‘get off the tools’ and try something new
- a nurse who, after years of shift work, looks forward to being able to pick their children up from school
- a small business owner, while still passionate about their industry, has had enough of the daily demands of running a business
- an engineer, for whom COVID prompted a revaluation of what they want out of life and the remainder of their career
Changing careers can be daunting. The $10,000 TAFE teacher incentive payment is designed to help make the transition to a new career a less challenging reality for you.
If you are a skilled professional in your industry, and meet eligibility criteria, you can apply for an incentive payment to help you retrain as a TAFE teacher.
The program also provides one-on-one mentor support from a lead teacher at TAFE to support you as you develop your teaching skills.
To become a TAFE teacher you will enrol in and complete your Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE). See study requirements for further information about the TAE.
TAFE teaching salaries are available for download from the Fair Work Commission .
The program will provide a total of up to $10,000 to people with industry experience in areas where workers are in demand.
Whether you’re starting your study, upskilling, or already studying teaching, you may be eligible to apply.
The $10,000 will be paid across 3 instalments*:
- $2,000 following enrolment into the Certificate IV Training and Assessment (TAE)
- $2,000 on completion of the Certificate IV TAE and
- $6,000 after 2 years of employment as a TAFE teacher
*payments will be made according to milestones being achieved.
To become a qualified TAFE teacher you need to successfully complete your Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. This is commonly known as a 'TAE'.
You will then be able to apply your extensive industry experience to become a nationally recognised and qualified trainer.
The course can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months to complete. Flexible and blended study options are available at each TAFE, allowing you to keep working while you study.
Contact your local to find out their specific TAE course details.
Whether you're enquiring about the incentive payment program*, or simply want to find out more about becoming a TAFE teacher, your local is ready to hear from you.
Applications for the incentive payment program are to be made directly to your local TAFE. They can answer any questions you may have about TAFE teaching, based on your individual circumstances. Apply any time through your nearest .
*Applications for the TAFE Teaching Incentive can only be made via your local TAFE.
Meet our TAFE teachers
Bec – TAFE electrical teacher
With over 2 decades of experience in the electrical field and an engaging personality, Bec was practically born to be a TAFE teacher!
Reviewed 03 April 2023