Friday 28 October is World Teachers’ Day in Australia. Today, the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) launched its annual World Teachers’ Day campaign — “Hats off to Teachers”.

Teachers have the greatest in-school impact on the learning lives of our students. They should be celebrated and recognised every day, especially on World Teachers’ Day, for the incredible role they play in shaping the future of Australia’s students.

One of our Campaign Ambassadors, Eddie Woo, wants everyone to join AITSL in celebrating what teachers mean to them.

“It’s simple. We want everyone to show that they value educators and schools by taking a “hats off” selfie and sharing their message of appreciation for our teachers.

“Our teachers have risen to face so many challenges over the past few years: floods, fires and a worldwide pandemic that have all turned our lives upside down and required us to reinvent the way we live and work. All through that, they’ve continued to support and educate our children and students,” Eddie Woo said.

“As a teacher, I appreciate World Teachers’ Day because it’s encouraging to see the messages flow in from across the country – from students, their parents and carers, the community, and even other teachers. It reminds us of the positive impact that our work has on the lives of the children and their families, which is often unseen and unexpressed.”

As part of the campaign, AITSL is directly encouraging many industry and community figures to get involved and support World Teachers Day.

AITSL has also launched a virtual photo booth with a variety of hats to use in selfies and then share on social media – making it easy for everyone to get involved. Parents, carers, students, schools, and early childhood centres can download a World Teachers’ Day celebration toolkit from AITSL’s website.

AITSL CEO, Mark Grant said, “It is the high-quality expertise of Australia’s teachers that helps our students succeed. World Teachers’ Day is important because, not only is the expertise of Australia’s teachers recognised and celebrated, but it positively highlights the status of the profession.

“In Australia World Teachers’ Day is on Friday 28 October. In the lead-up, we invite everyone to start visiting the virtual photo booth and to start sharing their messages of appreciation. Just don’t forget to include #WTD2022 and tag @aitsl,” Mr Grant said.

To find out more, and download the celebration toolkit, visit


Quotes attributable to our Principal Campaign Ambassador, Matthew Johnson, President, Australian Special Education Principals Association (ASEPA)

“World Teachers’ Day is a great opportunity for the community to remind our teachers of the incredible value we see in the work they do to influence student growth and achievement. Although parents, carers and students do regularly acknowledge teachers’ impact on student learning, the groundswell of support across Australia on World Teachers’ Day is phenomenal.”

“I also encourage teachers to celebrate World Teachers’ Day. In the disruptions and challenges of the past few years, it’s an opportunity to stop, reflect and celebrate on your achievements, and those of your colleagues.”

Quotes attributable to Teacher Campaign Ambassador, Kate Inglis, Highly Accomplished Teacher and Deputy Head of Senior School, Westminster School, South Australia

“Being a part of the teaching profession is an incredible experience! We have the privilege of using our expertise to help students be their best selves. It is so rewarding when a student has a passion for a particular topic, or when they have grappled with a concept and then they finally get it. It makes it all worthwhile.”

“I love that World Teachers’ Day is an opportunity for all of us, the profession and our community, to give a big, public shout-out to teachers.”

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Notes for Editors - The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) provides national leadership for the Australian, State and Territory Governments in promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership. AITSL is funded by the Australian Government.