The Victorian government is launching free secondary school teaching degrees from 2024, with enrolment numbers expected to grow significantly.
Minister for Education Natalie Hutchins today met with Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker, encouraging students to apply for the new free degrees, which are aimed to relieve cost of living pressures during study and support growth of the teaching workforce.
The government this month announced a $93.2 million investment for all students who enrol in secondary school teaching degrees in 2024 and 2025 – with the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) currently accepting applications for next year’s teaching courses across the state.
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Students receive their final payments if they then work in Victorian government schools for two years after they graduate – supporting around 4,000 future teachers each year to start their career with confidence.
The total funding for students who complete their studies and then choose to work in government secondary schools will match the HELP fees charged by the Commonwealth Government for Commonwealth Supported Places – $18,000 for a four-year undergraduate program or $9,000 for two years of postgraduate study.
Free teaching degrees for 2024 are available across all university providers that offer secondary education teaching degrees, including Victoria University.
Free secondary teaching degrees are part of a $229.8 million package to grow the school workforce, which includes a further $27 million to continue and expand the Targeted Financial Incentives Program and $95.7 million to expand the successful Australian-first Career Start initiative.
“Education changes lives – we’re backing our next generation of amazing teachers with a nation-leading investment to make secondary teaching degrees free and rewarding careers more accessible,” Minister for Education Natalie Hutchins said.
“For anyone considering a career in teaching, I encourage you to make the most of free degrees and put teaching as your top preference – and be part of making Victoria the Education State.”
Victorian students have until 5pm on 28 September to submit their VTAC preferences for 2024 courses at vtac.edu.au. Applications can be accepted after this date but extra fees apply.