Professional development opportunities

There are a range of measures to support the early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce, including subsidies and support to complete practicums.

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About these opportunities

The 3 measures are designed to:

  • strengthen skills and professional experience
  • improve staff retention
  • build supply
  • increase capacity.

The government is investing $72.4 million from 2023–24 to 2026–27. They complement the government’s broader ECEC reforms.

We have invited eligible providers to apply for the following subsidies.

If you believe your service is eligible but you have not received an invitation to apply, please contact us at ECECWorkforce@education.gov.au

Professional development subsidy

Paid practicum subsidy

Practicum exchange network