Funding to support provisionally registered early childhood teachers

The Department is offering additional funding for early childhood services to support provisionally registered early childhood teachers to move to full registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Moving from provisional to full registration is an important step in a teacher’s career and demonstrates their proficiency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Early childhood services and their approved provider can apply for funding of $2,872 (excluding GST) per teacher.

Who can apply

Early childhood services delivering a state-funded kindergarten program can apply on behalf of each provisionally registered teacher they employ. This includes provisionally registered teachers:

  • working in a teaching role in a funded room, or an unfunded room
  • working in a teaching role on a casual basis, provided the service can support them to achieve full teacher registration.

What the funding can be used for

Funding can be used in any way that supports the provisionally registered teacher to move to full teacher registration. This includes:

  • providing paid time release, travel or accommodation expenses for both the provisionally registered teacher and a mentor to work with each other
  • employing a casual relief teacher to backfill the provisionally registered teacher and/or the mentor
  • supporting the provisionally registered teacher to undertake formal professional learning. This might include (but is not limited to) attendance at conferences, workshops, seminars, online courses, subscriptions to teacher magazines/journals/research articles, coaching from an external consultant and teacher text book resources on particular topics.

How to access the funding

  1. The link will be provided to apply once applications open. Refer to the 'Funding rounds and payment schedule' below. 
  2. Ensure you have read the Funding Agreement (docx - 53.19kb) which outlines your contractual obligations.
  3. The Department will advise successful applicants within the payment timeframes indicated below. Grant payments will be made through existing service agreements with service providers.

Funding criteria

  • The provisionally registered teacher must intend to move to full registration within 12 months of receiving the funding.
  • The funding is a once-off payment per eligible provisionally registered teacher.
  • Funding is subject to Department approval of the successful application and the availability of funds. Submitting an application does not guarantee funding will be awarded.

Funding rounds and payment schedule

Funding round dates 

  • Round 1:  1 July 2022 to 15 September 2022. To apply, please click here.

    Successful applicants from this round will have the grants paid before 25 November 2022.

  • Round 2:  1 February 2023 to 14 April 2023

    Successful applicants from this round will have the grants paid before 17 June 2023

Further information

For further enquiries or information about this funding, email:

If you need assistance finding a mentor, visit How to find a mentor.

For more information about moving from provisional to full registration, call the Victorian Institute of Teaching 

on 1300 977 263 or learn about moving to full registration.