As we come to the end of another year, I’d like to take a few moments to reflect on some of my 2022 highlights.

The year started with COVID and other pressures stretching the workforce again. My role affords me the chance to regularly interact with school leaders, teachers, and the many other support staff who do their bit to contribute to Australian education. I am pleased to be the biggest advocate for their passion and commitment to students on a daily basis.

In May, I joined over 300 nationally certified teachers – as well as senior representatives from systems, sectors, regulatory authorities, and principal associations – at the annual Highly Accomplished and Lead teacher (HALT) Summit. Having the opportunity to talk to some of the country’s most expert teachers provides valuable insights to help shape our work in promoting excellence and expertise. 

Over recent months, I have been grateful for the tens of thousands of teachers across Australia who have shared their experiences through this year’s Australian Teacher Workforce Data Teacher Survey. Having been a teacher and principal myself, I can but guess how congested each day is now for you and appreciate the time you’ve taken to support this important initiative. Your responses continue to provide invaluable information that is helping to build a more complete picture of the teaching profession across Australia; and have been crucial in informing ministers’ thinking ahead of releasing their National Teacher Workforce Action Plan.

AITSL's new Strategic Plan was launched in July after extensive consultation with a range of external stakeholders and the profession. Our strategic priorities reflect what you asked us to focus on and will support the development of teaching and leadership expertise across Australia over coming years.

Another highlight for me has been the launch of AITSL’s intercultural development report and toolkit. These were developed following deep engagement with the teaching profession, students, families and communities; and in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education experts. This work is an example of what can be achieved through genuine collaboration, and I am confident it will help to build an education system that is more culturally inclusive and responsive for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

And finally, I was thrilled to see Australia take their 'Hats off to teachers' on World Teachers’ Day on 28 October. Weeks later, I still can’t help but smile when I look at the celebratory photos and messages of appreciation.

I want to thank everyone who supported AITSL throughout 2022. Our work is undertaken in collaboration with teachers, educators, leaders and other stakeholders. Without your input, we couldn’t deliver our important work to support the profession.

Like every year, 2023 will no doubt be a challenging – and yet, I hope, rewarding – one for of us all across Australia. On behalf of the team at AITSL, I wish you a safe and relaxing festive season, whatever your plans may be. 

I look forward to continuing to work with you in 2023.