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Targeted initiative to attract more teachers

Incentive payments available to attract more teachers to hard to fill positions in Victorian government schools.

Funding overview

Incentives available

To attract suitably qualified teachers to relocate to hard-to-staff positions in Victorian government schools, the Targeted Financial Incentives (TFI) program provides recipients with a commencement incentive payment of up to $50,000 (before-tax).

Annual retention payments will also be paid after the second, third and fourth year of employment and relocation costs for regional and rural positions are also available.


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 to relocate to, and settle 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.

Information for schools

How to apply

Program positions for 2023-2024 have now been allocated. Schools seeking further information on the program, or wishing to join the waiting list, should contact Schools Recruitment Unit via the contact details provided below.

Information for teachers

Incentive payments

Incentive payments will be offered to teachers that are successful through a merit selection process and meet the candidate eligibility criteria for TFI program payments.

Candidate eligibility for TFI program payments will be determined based on your current place of residence, and the school you are applying to teach at.

Refer to the ‘Program Benefits’ clause within an applicable TFI program position for the full candidate eligibility criteria.

Incentive inclusions

  • incentives of up to $50,000 (before-tax) will be 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 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.

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

Visit Recruitment Online to find out which schools have program positions currently open for application.

To filter for TFI program positions, select role type ‘Targeted Financial Incentive’. Roles currently available for application are commencing in Terms 1 and 2, 2024.

Selection process

Applications for program positions will be assessed through a merit selection process, according to the Recruitment in Schools policy.

Payment of incentives

After commencement at their new school, each recipient that meets the candidate eligibility criteria will receive a commencement incentive payment through central payroll.

If applicable, relocation reimbursement will be paid by the Travel and Personal Expenses Teaching Service policy.