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 metro 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

Expressions of interest for round three (2021-22) incentive positions are now being accepted following invitations to 750 hard-to-staff schools across the state. The majority of incentive positions are anticipated to commence at the start of Term 3, 2021 and Term 1, 2022. A further opportunity for schools to express interest will occur mid-year, to allocate the remainder of the 250 positions available.

Round two (2020-21) had allocated 150 incentive positions to schools with vacancies continuing to be filled with a commencement date prior to 30 June 2021.

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 metro 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
  • 150 in 2020-21
  • 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:

  • Apollo Bay P-12 College
  • Baimbridge College
  • Bairnsdale Secondary College
  • Cohuna Secondary College
  • Corryong College
  • Dallas Brooks Community Primary School
  • Greater Shepparton Secondary College
  • Jacana School for Autism
  • Jennings Street School
  • John Fawkner Secondary College
  • Melton Specialist School
  • Officer Specialist School
  • Orbost Secondary College
  • St Georges Road Primary School Shepparton
  • Tyrrell College
  • Verney Road School
  • Western Port Secondary College
  • Whittlesea Secondary College

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

Round two and three positions

Round two (2020-2021) positions continue to be filled before 30 June 2021.

Round three (2021-2022) positions will commence advertisement from May 2021.

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