Targeted initiative to attract more teachers

​The Victorian Government is funding targeted initiatives to attract more teachers. The $41.7 million funding boost aims to attract excellent teachers to fill hard-to-staff positions in government schools across the state.  It also provides support to teachers settling into their new roles.

This investment incorporates and builds on previously announced initiatives to:

  • improve educational outcomes for rural and regional students
  • better support students in these areas
  • address the disparity between regional and metropolitan schools.

It also includes incentives for:

  • certain hard-to-staff subjects
  • positions in rural and metropolitan areas, and/or
  • positions in schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged students.

The financial incentives provides recipients with an initial payment between $9,000 and $50,000 (pre-tax) 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) is paid at the conclusion of the second, third and fourth year of employment and relocation costs for regional and rural positions are also available.

Expression of interest for schools

Recruitment is underway for round three (2021-22) of the Targeted Financial Incentives.

Schools may continue to submit an expression of interest for incentive positions throughout the school year. If you're interested in applying for a position, complete the expression of interest form (docx - 113 (docx - 113.86kb) and send it to for consideration.

Incentive positions allocated are subject to availability, and priority will be given to schools with positions that are hard to staff.

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.

Incentive payments for teachers

Incentive payments are offered to eligible teachers for hard to-to-positions.

This includes:

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

Criteria such as contextual knowledge and the school’s application is used to determine which positions attract a financial incentive.

Positions available

450 financial incentives are available over three financial years:

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

Incentive inclusions

  • incentives are between $9,000 and $50,000 (pre-tax) and available to eligible teachers who take up one of the 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 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 positions in a regional or rural location.

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

Advertisement and applications

Applications are open for positions at the following schools:

  • Ararat Secondary College
  • Baimbridge College
  • Benalla P-12 College
  • Camperdown College
  • Cobram Secondary College
  • Cobden Technical School
  • Echuca College
  • Epping Secondary College
  • Gisborne Secondary College
  • Greater Shepparton Secondary College
  • Hume Valley School
  • Hume Central Secondary College
  • Maffra Secondary College
  • Mallacoota P-12 College
  • Maryborough Education Centre
  • Melton Specialist School
  • Mildura Senior College
  • Mildura West Primary School
  • Nanneella Estate Primary School
  • Orbost Secondary College
  • Robinvale College
  • Roxburgh College
  • Rutherglen High School
  • Sale College
  • Stawell Primary School
  • Swan Hill College
  • Tarneit Senior College
  • Truganina P-9 College
  • Western Port Secondary College
  • Yarrawonga College P-12

Apply now using Recruitment Online (select role type 'Targeted Financial Incentive').

Round three positions

Advertising has started for Round three (2021-2022) positions and will continue to be filled through to 30 June 2022.

Selection process

Applications for positions will be assessed through a merit selection process, according to the recruitment in schools policy.

Payment of incentive

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

If applicable, relocation reimbursement will be paid in accordance with the travel and expenses in teaching service.

More information

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