Early Childhood Scholarships and Incentives


Early Childhood  Scholarships and Incentives Program – Victoria

If you have ever considered a career in early childhood education, great opportunities are available in Victoria right now as a result of the Victorian State Government implementing subsidised kindergarten programs for all three-year-olds. 

To attract more skills in the industry, the Victorian Government is providing scholarships and incentives with up to $25,000 in funding available to undertake an early childhood scholarship to become a teacher; and up to $34,000 financial assistance for Early childhood Aboriginal pathway scholarships.

Incentives of between $9,000 and $50,000 are available now for early childhood teachers to take up positions in regional areas rolling out the nation-leading Three-Year-Old Kindergarten reform in 2021.

A once-off $3,000 relocation payment will also be available to teachers who move 200km or more away from their current home.

Incentives are available for early childhood teacher roles in the local government areas of:

  • Alpine
  • Ararat
  • Campaspe
  • Central Goldfields
  • Colac-Otway
  • Corangamite
  • Gippsland
  • Glenelg
  • Hepburn
  • Indigo
  • Loddon
  • Murrindindi
  • Southern Grampians
  • Towong
  • West Wimmera.

Support While Studying

Early childhood educator scholarships provide financial support towards studying an eligible early childhood teaching qualification. Scholarships include employment incentives for recipients to work as an early childhood teacher after graduation. Scholarship funding can be used to pay for course fees or living costs while studying.

Available scholarships:

Early childhood educator scholarships to become a teacher provides financial assistance up to $25,000 towards a degree, $18,000 towards a masters, and $12,000 towards a graduate diploma qualification.

Early childhood Aboriginal pathway scholarships provide financial assistance up to $34,000 towards a degree qualification, $24,000 towards a masters, $16,000 towards a graduate diploma, $5,000 towards a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and $2,500 towards a Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care.


Scholarships are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa who meet the entry requirements for the course provider.  

To Apply

Apply via the Victorian Education Department’s website  

Further Information

For more information please email: EC.Financial.Support@education.vic.gov.au or call 1300 161 396

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