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Targeted initiative to attract more teachers

Funding is available to attract more teachers for hard-to-staff positions. Find out how to submit an expression of interest for your school and how you can apply for a teaching position.

Funding overview

Grants available

The financial incentives provide recipients with an initial payment between $9,000 and $50,000 (before-tax) to support eligible Victorian government schools to attract suitably qualified teachers to take up hard-to-staff positions.

Annual Retention payments of $9,000 (before-tax) are paid after the second, third and fourth year of employment and relocation costs for regional and rural positions are also available.

Background

The Victorian Government is providing a funding boost to attract more teachers to fill hard-to-staff positions in government schools across the state, and support to those teachers settling into their new roles. This investment incorporates and builds on previously announced initiatives to:

  • improve educational outcomes for rural and regional students
  • better support students in these areas
  • address the disparity between regional and metropolitan schools.

It also includes incentives for:

  • certain hard-to-staff subjects
  • positions in rural and metropolitan areas, and/or
  • positions in schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged students.

Information for schools

How to apply: submit an expression of interest

Recruitment is underway for round four (2022-23) of the Targeted Financial Incentives. Schools can continue to submit an expression of interest for incentive positions throughout the school year.

If you're interested in applying for a position:

Incentive positions allocated are subject to availability. Priority will be given to schools with positions that are hard to staff.

Identification of eligible hard-to-staff positions

In identifying eligible hard-to-staff positions, consideration has been given to certain hard-to-staff subject areas, positions in rural areas, or roles in schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged students.

The school’s level of disadvantage is measured by the Student Family Occupation and Education Index.

Information for teachers

Incentive payments

Incentive payments are offered to eligible teachers for hard to-fill-positions.

This includes:

  • incentives for certain hard-to-staff subjects
  • positions in rural and metropolitan areas
  • positions in schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged students.

Criteria such as contextual knowledge and the school’s application are used to determine which positions attract a financial incentive.

Positions available

600 financial incentives are applied over four financial years:

  • 50 in 2019-20 - positions filled
  • 150 in 2020-21 - positions filled
  • 250 in 2021-22 - positions filled
  • 150 in 2022-23 - applications in progress

Incentive inclusions

  • incentives are between $9,000 and $50,000 (before-tax) and available to eligible teachers who take up one of the hard-to-staff positions
  • part-time positions will attract pro-rata incentive amounts equal to the time fraction advertised
  • teachers who accept these positions will be required to commit to a minimum of two years of employment in the position
  • annual retention payments of $9,000 (before-tax) will be paid after the second, third and fourth year of employment
  • relocation support may be available to eligible teachers who take up one of the positions in a regional or rural location.

Refer to each advertised position to view the details of the available incentive.

Visit Recruitment OnlineExternal Link to find out which schools have roles currently open for application.

When applying for positions select role type 'Targeted Financial Incentive'.

Round four financial incentives positions

Advertising has started for Round four (2022-2023) positions and will continue to through to 30 June 2023, or until the 150 positions (capped) are filled, whichever comes first.

Selection process

Applications for positions will be assessed through a merit selection process, according to the recruitment in schools policyExternal Link .

Payment of incentive

After starting in the position, each eligible recipient will receive the incentive payment through central payroll.

If applicable, relocation reimbursement will be paid by the travel and expenses in the teaching serviceExternal Link .

Reviewed 12 December 2022

Education

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Schools Recruitment Unit

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