Public consultation: Draft National Teacher Workforce Action Plan

We have a teacher shortage crisis. Too few Australians are becoming teachers and too many are leaving the profession.

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In August, Education Ministers, teachers, principals and other education experts came together for a roundtable to discuss ways to tackle this crisis.

It was agreed at the roundtable that a working group led by the Secretary of the Australian Department of Education would develop a National Teacher Workforce Action Plan.

Education Ministers Meeting Communique - 12 August 2022

The working group includes Secretaries from all State and Territory Education Departments, representatives from the Australian Education Union and the Independent Education Union of Australia, the Australian Primary Principals Association, the Australian Secondary Principals’ Association, the Australian Special Education Principals’ Association, the National Catholic Education Commission, the Independent Schools Australia, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principals Association, Universities Australia, the Australasian Teacher Regulatory Authorities and the Australian Council of Deans of Education.

This draft is the product of their work and is now being released for feedback from teachers, principals, parents, and the broader community.

It focusses on building the respect and reputation of the profession, encouraging more young people to want to become a teacher, better preparing teachers for the classroom, tackling workload issues, and making sure governments have the right data.

The draft Action Plan outlines 28 proposed actions to help tackle the teacher shortage. Doing this requires governments, the non-government sector and education agencies like the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, the Australian Education Research Organisation and the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority to work in partnership with a common purpose.

The draft Action Plan is now available for feedback.

Draft National Teacher Workforce Action Plan

The feedback of teachers, parents and the broader community will be critical to ensuring the actions in this plan will help attract and retain more people in the teaching profession.

How do I submit feedback?

The Department of Education invites you to make a submission in relation to the draft National Teacher Workforce Action Plan by 11:59 pm, 1 December 2022.

Make a submission

Your personal information is protected by law, including under the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act).

Individuals may elect not to have their submission published. If you do not wish to have your submission published, please check the relevant box on the submissions form.

Further information

Your feedback will help inform discussions of Education Ministers at their meeting in December and further refinement of the Action Plan.

If you have any questions about this process, send us an email.