Working Together to Build Victoria’s Early Childhood Education Workforce

In 2022, three-year-old children across Victoria will be able to attend at least five hours of funded kindergarten a week. It's a significant milestone on the road to a 15-hour per week, state-wide program for Victorian children by 2029. And it's teachers and educators who will make it a success.

The Victorian Government has a broad-reaching strategy to support the attraction, retention, and quality of the early childhood workforce. This includes investment in a $174.2 million workforce package to attract and retain staff and support high-quality kindergarten programs.

A new policy paper Working Together to Build Victoria's Early Childhood Education Workforce (pdf - 1.78mb) invites all sector stakeholders to be part of the next stage of Victoria's early childhood workforce strategy.

We want to work with the early childhood sector to capitalise on existing initiatives, recognise our respective roles and responsibilities and collaborate in new ways to build the skilled, sustainable, and growing workforce that we need.

Inside the policy paper, you will find:

  1. An overview of Victoria's early childhood workforce strategy
  2. A directory of existing government initiatives and supports to attract and retain staff, and promote quality kindergarten programs for all Victorian children, no matter where they live
  3. Questions and ideas for the sector on how we can partner for success

We invite you to provide your feedback at Engage Victoria until 30 June 2021. Your input will help to inform the next steps in our early childhood workforce strategy, which will be released later in 2021. If you have questions or would like to discuss your feedback further, please email us at