What is the National Teacher Workforce Strategy?

In June 2019, Education Council committed to reviewing teacher workforce needs of the future to attract and retain quality teachers and prioritise specific areas of need. Ministers agreed that shared challenges and opportunities in developing a skilled, capable and sustainable quality teaching workforce that supports the best outcomes for students will be explored in the development of the strategy. 

As agreed by Education Council, the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) will lead the development of the strategy, in close consultation and collaboration with education authorities and other key stakeholders.  

Areas of potential focus include:

  • developing an understanding of supply and demand for teachers
  • supporting teachers and the teaching profession
  • identifying and developing the ‘educators of the future’ 
  • addressing priority needs 
  • building data and evidence. 

The Australian Teacher Workforce Data (ATWD) collection will support the development and implementation of the strategy. Further data, evidence and consultation will be essential in developing a comprehensive and forward-looking national strategy which supports, and is supported by, the teaching profession.

Education ministers will receive a draft strategy in early 2020. This project will deliver National Policy Initiative B(i) under the National School Reform Agreement, an agreement between all Australian governments.

Read the Education Council Communique on the National Teacher Workforce Strategy (refer page 2).

If you would like to know more, please contact the NTWS Secretariat.

How will the strategy benefit you?

  • Jurisdictions – looking, together, at shared opportunities and challenges, drawing on national data and evidence and with a future focus.
  • School systems – a strategy that complements, not duplicates or overrides, existing workforce planning activities. In particular, looking at how new information or a future focus can help to position school systems for what’s ahead.
  • Schools – an opportunity to identify, better understand and grapple with challenges likely to affect Australian schools in the coming years.
  • Teachers – a process that reflects the importance of the teaching profession and aims to celebrate, support and strengthen it nationally.
  • The education sector – a chance for universities, school communities, professional associations, teacher unions, and other stakeholders to reflect, inform and collaborate on shared interests, during the strategy development phase and beyond.


More information

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