Incentives for early childhood teachers to work in regional areas

​Early childhood teachers are needed in the initial six local government areas where funded Three-year-old Kindergarten will be rolled out in 2020.

Teachers who take up a teaching job in a service offering a funded kindergarten program for three-year-olds in these areas will be eligible to receive up to $9,000. The initial roll-out areas are:

  • Buloke Shire
  • Hindmarsh Shire
  • Northern Grampians Shire
  • South Gippsland Shire
  • Strathbogie Shire
  • Yarriambiack Shire.

This is part of the Victorian Government’s aim to attract early childhood teachers to regional and rural areas to address the increased demand for kindergarten teachers with the roll-out of Three-year-old Kindergarten.

Those who choose to take up a teaching job in the first local government areas are eligible for the initiative. The first payment of $6,000 is made on commencement of employment, which can go towards relocation costs and employment expenses. The second payment of $3,000 is made on completion of two years of continuous employment. Priority will be given to people who are not currently working as a kindergarten teacher in a roll-out area, and people taking on positions with higher working hours, such as full time roles. 

The Victorian Government is investing almost $5 billion over the next decade to deliver up to 15 hours per week of funded Three-year-old Kindergarten, to be progressively rolled out from next year.

This roll-out is expected to create over 6,000 jobs. More than 4,000 additional kindergarten teachers and more than 2,000 additional early childhood educators are needed as the program expands state-wide.

See incentives for early childhood teachers for further information.