Targeted initiative to attract more teachers

​The Victorian Government will fund targeted initiatives to attract more teachers. The $41.7 million funding boost will be put towards attracting excellent teachers to fill hard-to-staff positions in government schools across the state.

This investment incorporates and builds on previously announced initiatives to improve educational outcomes for rural and regional students, to better support students in these areas and address the disparity between regional and metropolitan schools.

It also includes incentives for certain hard-to-staff subjects, positions in rural and metro areas and/or positions in schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged students.

The financial incentives will provide recipients with an initial payment of up to $50,000 to support eligible Victorian Government schools to attract suitable qualified teachers to take up hard-to-staff positions.

Annual Retention payments of $9,000 (pre-tax) will be paid at the conclusion of the second, third and fourth year of employment and relocation costs for regional and rural positions are also available.

Incentive payments for teachers

Incentive payments will be offered to teachers for hard-to-fill positions.

This may include:

  • certain hard-to-staff subjects
  • positions in rural areas
  • roles in schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged students.

The incentives will provide eligible teachers with an initial cash payment of up to $50,000 when they accept a position. The average incentive payment will be approximately $25,000 (pre-tax), with the amount increasing for roles that are very difficult to fill.

Criteria such as contextual knowledge and the school’s application will be used to determine which positions are allocated a financial incentive.

Availability of positions

450 financial incentives will be available over three financial years

  • 50 in 2019-20
  • 150 in 2020-21
  • 250 in 2021-22

The 50 incentivised positions for the 2019-20 year will be advertised from week four of Term 4 2019, with commencement from the beginning of the 2020 school year.

Incentive inclusions

  • incentives are between $9,000 and $50,000 (pre-tax) and available to eligible teachers to take up hard-to-staff positions
  • part time positions will attract pro rata incentive amounts equal with the time fraction advertised
  • teachers who accept these positions will be required to commit to a minimum of two years employment in the incentivised position
  • annual retention payments of $9,000 (pre-tax) will be paid at the conclusion of the second, third and fourth year of employment
  • relocation support may be available to eligible teachers who take up one of the incentivised positions in a regional or rural location

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

Advertisement and applications

  • positions will be advertised on Recruitment Online
  • vacancies will be open for application from week four of term four 2019
  • apply using Recruitment Online by the advertised applications close date.

Selection process

Applications for positions will be assessed through a merit selection process, according to existing teaching service recruitment policy.

Payment of incentive

After commencement in the position, each eligible recipient will receive the incentive payment through central payroll.

If applicable, relocation reimbursement will be paid as per existing guidelines

Expression of Interest for schools

The Department will identify and notify 100 Victorian Government schools with the most hard-to-staff positions on Wednesday 9 October 2019.

These schools will be invited to nominate one or more vacancies to be advertised with incentive funding.

Fifty positions will attract an incentive payment in the initial phase and will be available from the start of the 2020 school year.

To be considered for a position that attracts an incentive payment, the 100 schools contacted will need to complete an Expression of Interest and submit an application no later than Monday 21 October 2019. 

Applications will be assessed and if it is likely to be successful, the school will be contacted and asked to provide details of the vacancy.

A second and third round of incentivised positions will be available in 2021 and 2022.

Identification of eligible hard-to-staff positions

In identifying eligible hard-to-staff positions, consideration has been given to certain hard-to-staff subject areas, positions in rural areas, or roles in schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged students.

The school’s level of disadvantage is measured by the Student Family Occupation and Education Index.

More information

For more information contact the Schools Recruitment Unit on 1800 641 943 or email