For the first time, qualified early childhood educators joining or returning to the sector, as well as those coming from interstate and New Zealand, are eligible for financial incentives. This initiative highlights the importance of early childhood educators and their role in kindergartens.
This expansion will allow early childhood educators to receive financial incentives, in addition to the teacher incentives program in 2022–23.
Individual incentives of $9,000 are available for educators and teachers.
Location incentives of $9,000 are also available for educators willing to relocate to high priority services, in addition to the existing location incentives of between $9,000 and $50,000.
An additional $2,000 and $8,000 in relocation support is available to educators and teachers who are awarded an incentive and are relocating more than 200 kilometres.
High priority settings include some metro services that have been deemed hard to staff, or areas of socio-economic disadvantage. The Department of Education and Training will identify high priority services to be pre-approved for location incentives so that the funding is going where it is needed most.
As the roll out and expansion of two years of kindergarten continues, the AEU will actively ensure that members continue to be consulted on policy reform and the workforce strategy, focusing on attraction, retention and quality.