Incentive payments for hard-to-staff teaching positions

The next round of hard-to-staff teaching positions have been released. Applications close 8 November 2020

Applications have opened for 50 new hard-to-staff teaching positions in Victorian government schools.

The positions, which attract an incentive payment, are part of the Teacher Financial Incentives Program.

The program aims to attract high-quality teachers to schools where they are needed most, including rural and regional schools, disadvantaged schools and in certain subject areas.

Gabriella O'Bree, who took up a hard-to-fill position teaching maths and science in regional Victoria, encouraged teachers to consider applying, saying the program offered a range of supports and benefits.

Having completed her science teacher training overseas, Gabriella said the position at Kurnai College in Churchill and incentives suited her as a relatively new teacher in Victoria.

'The Supporting Teachers and Regional and Rural Schools (STARRS) program was very attractive as it promised to provide me with a very thorough induction, continuous support, and mentoring,' she said.

'It also provided financial incentives for professional development in teaching and learning as well as re-location support.'

Gabriella said the school supported her transition to teaching in a remote area.

Welcome hampers were arranged with maps and guides to the region, a list of community services, transport and restaurants along with information about real estate and everyday living.

Teacher Financial Incentives Program

The Teacher Financial Incentives Program was announced in 2019.

The Department identified schools with the most hard-to-fill positions and invited these schools to nominate one or more vacancies to be advertised that attract incentive funding.

Financial incentives include an initial payment as well as annual retention payments at the end of the second, third and fourth year of employment. Relocation costs for regional and rural positions are also available.

So far, 110 teachers like Gabriella have taken the opportunity to contribute their skills and experience in schools and subject areas that need it the most.

Following the current round of applications, a third round of the program will be announced between April and June next year. Around 250 positions are expected to become available.

To apply for a hard-to-fill position, refer to Recruitment Online. To apply for a hard-to-fill position, refer to Recruitment Online (select role type 'Targeted Financial Incentive'). Applications close Sunday 8 November 2020.

Find out more

For more information on the program and recruitment process, contact the Schools Recruitment Unit: