New Graduate Incentives

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

New Graduate Incentives provides assistance to schools experiencing difficulty attracting high quality graduate teachers.

Financial assistance is available for schools experiencing difficulty attracting high quality graduate teachers to teach in:

  • rural and regional schools
  • in difficult to recruit curriculum areas.

Eligible schools can promote the availability of an Incentive as part of the employment package when advertising vacant positions.

Funding available

Incentives valued at up to $11,000 are available to eligible schools to enable them to provide new graduates with a cash payment as part of an offer of ongoing employment.

Three Incentive types are available:

Category 1: Priority and rural schools

Incentive valued at up to $11,000.

Category 2: Provincial and outer metropolitan growth schools

Incentive valued at up to $7,000.

Category 3: All other schools with a hard-to-staff teaching vacancy

Incentive valued at up to $4,000.

Recipients will be required to enter into a formal agreement with the Department to work in the teaching position for a minimum period of time.


Schools are eligible to apply for a New Graduate Incentive if they:

  • are defined as an eligible school or have a hard-to-staff position in a difficult-to-recruit curriculum area*
  • have a vacant ongoing position
  • can demonstrate the position is hard-to-staff.

Which schools are eligible?

Eligible schools have been designated according to recruitment difficulty reported in the Department’s Teacher Recruitment Census.

Eligible schools are available by region:

  • North Eastern Victoria
  • North Western Victoria
  • South Eastern Victoria
  • South Western Victoria.

To locate your region, see: Regions

Application process

Application forms, coming soon.

You can apply for this incentive at any time.

Applications should be addressed to:

New Graduate Incentives
Teacher Professional Practice Unit
GPO Box 4367 Melbourne VIC 3001

Or emailed:

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

Application process for graduates

New graduates can apply for an Incentive vacancy when it is advertised on Recruitment Online.

For more information, see: How to Apply

More information

For more information, email:

*Difficult to recruit curriculum areas include Information Technology, Languages other than English, Mathematics, Science, Special Education and Technology Studies.