Early Childhood Scholarships for Aboriginal People

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.

What's available?

Scholarships are available to complete one of the following courses:

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care
  • 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
  • Postgraduate Qualification

The level of support offered and conditions of the scholarship vary by qualification type. See table below:

​Qualification​Support Available ​Length of time required to work following successful completion of the course​Position to work in following successful completion of the course
​Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care​Scholarship (up to $1,500) ​​12 months ​

​Educator in a Victorian licensed children's service; or

Educator in a Victorian Aboriginal early childhood setting; or

Outside school hours educator; or

Outside school hours coordinator

​Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care
​Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care​Scholarship (up to $3,500) ​ ​​18 months ​ ​ ​
​Diploma of School Age Education and Care
​Advanced Diploma of Children's Services

​Qualified staff member working directly with children in a Victorian licensed children's service; or

Service coordinator/manager (not required to work directly with children); or

Educator in a Victorian Aboriginal early childhood setting

​4th Year of Early Childhood Teaching Degree​Scholarship (up to $6,000) ​ ​

Early childhood teacher in a Victorian licensed children's service; or

Early childhood teacher in a Victorian Aboriginal early childhood setting; or

Pedagogical leader in a Victorian licensed chidlren's service

​Early Childhood Teaching Degree​Scholarship (up to $18,000) ​ ​​2 years ​ ​
​Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education ​Scholarship (up to $6,000) ​ ​ ​
​Postgradate Qualification

Find a course

Vocational Education and Training -  To find a complete list of registered training organisations that deliver approved courses, see: Search for training

Higher Education - To find a full list of tertiary institutions that deliver approved courses, see:  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 a Victorian 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:

    Project Officer
    Early Childhood Scholarships
    42 Dight Street
    Collingwood   3066 

    Or emailed to: early.years.workforce@edumail.vic.gov.au

    All applications submitted via email must be submitted in either MSWord or PDF formats.

    More information

    For more information, contact 1300 651 662 or email early.years.workforce@edumail.vic.gov.au