Western Australia's teaching workforce will swell to a record 17,000 this year with an influx of new teaching graduates.
Education Minister Kay Hallahan said an initial 200 graduates would be employed for the start of school next week, and hundreds more would be employed through the year.
This was in addition to 500 temporary teachers given permanency in 1993.
It was expected that the Government school system alone would employ more than 50 per cent of the 1,100 teaching graduates this year.
Mrs Hallahan was speaking as the school year started in Victoria with thousands of teachers declared 'surplus to requirements'.
The Minister said local young graduates would be given preference for positions in the WA education system over any teaching refugees from Victoria.
"Western Australia will begin the school year next week with record numbers of teachers and five new primary schools worth $20 million," she said.
This was in stark contrast to Victoria which had started the school year today with:
· 3,700 school cleaners sacked;
· 2,175 teachers made redundant;
· 500 head office staff made redundant;
· 330 school support teachers made redundant; and
· 51 schools and four campuses facing closure.