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$50,000 bonus for this popular job

Young people in Australia and Australian money notes and jobs.
One state is offering massive sign-on bonuses for this job in a bid to get more workers. (Source: Getty)

Victoria is offering cash boosts of between $9,000 and $50,000 to eligible teachers who relocate to the ‘Education State’.

Teachers would need to commit to at least two years in the job and could receive further retention payments of $9,000 after their second, third and fourth years of employment.

The payments are available for eligible teachers filling “hard-to-staff” positions, including hard-to-staff subjects, positions in rural and metropolitan areas, and positions in schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged students.

Relocation costs are also available for teachers moving to regional or rural areas.

“I know it’s a competitive market, so come and work in the Education State,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

But not everyone is happy with the scheme. South Australian Education Minister Blair Boyer told Channel Seven he didn’t think states should be poaching other people’s staff.

“It’s really cheeky from Victoria and just because you have ‘The Education State’ on your licence plates doesn’t mean it’s true,” Boyer said.

The South Australian Government is also offering cash boosts of up to $20,000 for teachers who move to country schools.

Recruitment is currently underway for the current round of the Victorian scheme, with the incentives available until June 30, 2023.

Teacher shortage

Australia is facing an unprecedented teacher shortage, The Federal Government is predicting a shortfall of more than 4,000 high school teachers by 2025.

The declining number of new graduates, increasing demand from a growing student population and an ageing workforce are all contributing to the shortage, the Government said.

Nearly a third of all Australian sectors are now experiencing worker shortages. The most in-demand workers are currently registered nurses, software and applications programmers and aged and disability carers.

Job vacancies increased more than 40 per cent in the year ending August 2022, reaching more than 300,000 jobs.

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