Early Childhood Scholarships and Incentives


If you have ever considered a career in early childhood teaching, great opportunities are available in Victoria right now and will continue to grow. 

With the State Government implementing subsidised kindergarten programs for all three-year-olds, many families are using the option, thus creating more jobs. The state government recognises the need for more skilled professionals to educate our young people and contribute to our already diverse and experienced education sector.

To attract more people in the industry, the Victorian Government provides learning aid and incentives with up to $25,000 available to undertake study to become a teacher. Up to $34,000 in financial assistance for Aboriginal pathway scholarships is open to individuals.

Paving Your Future with Early Childhood Scholarships in Victoria

With the increase of kindergarten funding, aid is being offered to educators of between $9,000 and $50,000, available now, to take up positions in regional areas. The nation-leading Three-Year-Old Kindergarten reform was rolled out in 2021.

Education for all children is essential regardless of where they live, and good beginnings pave the way for their future, so a further once-off $3,000 relocation payment will also be available to teachers who move 200km or more away from their current home. 

Providing incentives paves the way for career progression and gives our younger generation access to quality and sustainable education. These are available for teaching roles in most Victorian local government areas.

Access Support While Studying

Early Childhood Scholarships provides monetary support towards studying an eligible teaching qualification. These include employment incentives for recipients to work as a Kindergarten teacher after graduation. The funding can pay for course fees or living costs while studying.

Available scholarships

Funding to graduate as a teacher provides assistance up to:

  • $25,000 towards a degree, 
  • $18,000 towards a masters, 
  • $12,000 towards a graduate diploma qualification.

Aboriginal pathway funding provides 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,
  • $2,500 towards a Cert III.


Financial assistance is available to Australian and 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 

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

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