The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that families have access to high quality early childhood education and care services that support the health, wellbeing and development of all children. Key to ensuring the delivery of high quality services is maintaining an adequate supply of appropriately skilled and qualified professionals.
This Victorian Government initiative aims to increase the number of qualified Aboriginal people working in Victorian early childhood settings. Attracting more Aboriginal people to work in Victorian early childhood settings and supporting existing Aboriginal educators to gain or upgrade an approved qualification will help to ensure the workforce reflects the diversity of Victoria’s population.
Scholarships are available for early childhood educators to complete one of the following courses:
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Diploma of School Age Education and Care
Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management
Early Childhood Teaching Degree
Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education
The level of support offered and conditions of the scholarship vary by qualification type. Refer to the application form below for details of the support available.
Vocational Education and Training
If you are studying a Diploma, you can find a complete list of registered training organisations that deliver the approved courses listed below at
If you are studying a higher education qualification, you can find a full list of tertiary institutions that deliver approved courses at
Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.
Who can apply?
Applications are invited from Aboriginal people currently working in a Victorian early childhood setting or primary school who wish to undertake an approved early childhood qualification.
A limited number of scholarships are available for people who are not currently working in a Victorian early childhood setting that can demonstrate a willingness and commitment to working in one upon completion of the course.
To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:
- Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
- Be currently employed in a Victorian early childhood setting or primary school or demonstrate a willingness to work in an early childhood setting
- Have been accepted into a course leading to an approved early childhood qualification
- Have support from your employer (if applicable)
Support is also available for the Department’s Koorie Engagement Support Officers (KESOs) who have been accepted into, or are currently studying, a course leading to an approved early childhood qualification. If you are a KESO and want to know more about what support is available under this scheme, please phone 1300 651 662.
How do I apply?
To apply, please read and complete the following documents to apply:
You can apply for this scholarship at any time providing that you meet the eligibility criteria.
Applications should be addressed to:
Early Childhood Scholarships
PO Box 2080
Richmond South 3121
Or emailed to:
All applications submitted via email must be submitted in either MSWord or PDF formats.
For more information, contact 1300 651 662 or email