New Graduate Incentive Program

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

Financial assistance is available for schools experiencing difficulty attracting high quality graduate teachers to teach in rural and regional schools, and difficult-to-recruit curriculum areas.

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

If you're a graduate teacher, you can search for jobs offering an incentive. See: Apply for a job with a new graduate incentive


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 metro 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.

Who can apply

Schools can 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.

Difficult to recruit curriculum areas include English, Information Technology/Computer Science, Languages other than English (LOTE), Mathematics, Science and Special Education/Integration.

Eligible schools have been designated according to recruitment difficulty reported in the Department’s teacher recruitment censes.

Eligible schools are available by region below:

How to apply

Please read the Guidelines before applying for a New Graduate Incentive.

You can apply for an incentive at any time by completing the application form below.

Applications should be addressed to:

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

Or email:

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

New graduates

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

For more information, see: Apply for a job with a New Graduate Incentive

Get advice

For more information, email: