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HECS-HELP benefit provides the incentive for graduates in maths and science, nursing (including midwifery), early childhood education (ECE) and education to take up related occupations or work in specified locations. This overview explains who is eligible and how to apply.
The HECS-HELP benefit is designed to encourage graduates of some types of courses to take up employment in specified occupations. These course types are:
In the case of ECE teachers, location is also specified - rural and regional areas, Indigenous communities and areas of socio-economic disadvantage.
The benefit for ECE teachers was expanded from the 2011-12 income year (available from 1 July 2012). The expansion provides for:
This means qualified early childhood education teachers will be able to claim the HECS-HELP benefit as long as they spend some of their employed time providing:
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