- New multi-million initiative to attract more teachers to 48 Western Australian schools that are harder to staff
- McGowan Government investment includes one-off incentive payments for 2023
- Regional Incentive Framework to identify those schools with the greatest need
The McGowan Government will invest $12.4 million in a new temporary initiative to retain and attract quality teachers to 48 of Western Australia's remote and regional public schools.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced that the attraction and retention initiative would be implemented for the 2023 school year to provide incentives to teachers and school leaders to work in locations where demand for staff is the greatest.
The Department of Education has developed a Regional Incentive Framework to identify schools with the greatest need for teachers in 2023, where a one-off payment will be offered to both new and existing teachers and school leaders.
Payments will vary from $5,000 to $17,000, depending on location, with a percentage paid upon commencement of employment and the remainder paid to those staff who remain at the school throughout 2023.
Teachers who are eligible for the payments will be able to receive them on top of existing incentives for teachers working in rural and remote areas, meaning they could receive up to $30,000 in addition to their salary for working in the identified schools in 2023.
While these new immediate measures target WA's hardest-to-staff schools, the State Government continues to work with the Commonwealth to address the national teacher shortage. This includes development of a National Teacher Workforce Action Plan with Education Ministers from around the country and an extra $328 million in funding announced by the Federal Government for associated actions aimed at attracting, training and retaining educators.
The new payments also build on a range of State Government strategies that are already being implemented to increase and maintain the number of suitably qualified teachers in the State's public schools.
These existing initiatives to boost teacher supply include:
- Teach in WA program featuring online marketing, career expos, events and presentations, and a dedicated contact for teachers considering applying for teaching appointments;
- Leap program that re-trains teachers in specialised secondary subjects;
- Remote Teaching Service (RTS) induction supporting teachers into RTS schools;
- Remote Connection Program which allows staff to experience teaching in remote schools;
- An international promotional campaign and employment-based programs to increase teacher supply and engage with teaching students earlier; and
- Country Teaching Program that attracts qualified teaching and school leadership staff to schools that experience ongoing recruitment challenges.
While these programs have helped to successfully meet existing teacher supply requirements, further investment is required to support Western Australian schools in 2023, when all States and Territories will be seeking to fill teacher vacancies exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"While Western Australia has done a fantastic job of ensuring there is a teacher in front of every classroom to date, the numbers are getting tighter and these 48 schools are those most likely to be impacted by any teacher shortfall in 2023.
"Attracting and retaining teachers is essential to ensure that every Western Australian student has access to a high-quality education, regardless of their location.
"Our $12.4 million investment will help those remote and regional schools finding it most challenging to attract and retain teachers for 2023 to ensure they start the school year with a teacher in front of every class, and there is continuity of teaching and learning programs.
"This new initiative adds to a range of strategies that the State Government has already implemented to increase and maintain the number of suitably qualified teachers in Western Australian public schools and support those with the greatest attraction and retention needs."
Minister's office - 6552 5700
Eligible schools under the Regional Incentive Framework
|Bayulu Remote Community School||Kimberley|
|Broome Senior High School||Kimberley|
|Burringurrah Remote Community School||Mid-West|
|Carnamah District High School||Mid-West|
|Carnarvon Community College||Mid-West|
|Central Midlands Senior High School||Wheatbelt|
|Dawul Remote Community School||Kimberley|
|Derby District High School||Kimberley|
|Djugerari Remote Community School||Kimberley|
|East Kimberley College||Kimberley|
|Eastern Goldfields College||Goldfields|
|Fitzroy Valley District High School||Kimberley|
|Halls Creek District High School||Kimberley|
|Hedland Senior High School||Pilbara|
|Jerramungup District High School||South-West|
|Jungdranung Remote Community School||Kimberley|
|Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School||Goldfields|
|Kalumburu Remote Community School||Kimberley|
|Kambalda West District High School||Goldfields|
|Karratha Senior High School||Pilbara|
|La Grange Remote Community School||Kimberley|
|Leinster Community School||Goldfields|
|Leonora District High School||Goldfields|
|Looma Remote Community School||Kimberley|
|Marble Bar Primary School||Pilbara|
|Meekatharra District High School||Mid-West|
|Menzies Community School||Goldfields|
|Mount Magnet District High School||Mid-West|
|Mount Margaret Remote Community School||Goldfields|
|Mullewa District High School||Mid-West|
|Muludja Remote Community School||Kimberley|
|Newman Senior High School||Pilbara|
|Ngaanyatjarra Lands School||Goldfields|
|Norseman District High School||Goldfields|
|Nullagine Primary School||Pilbara|
|One Arm Point Remote Community School||Kimberley|
|Ravensthorpe District High School||Goldfields|
|Southern Cross District High School||Wheatbelt|
|Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School||Goldfields|
|Tom Price Senior High School||Pilbara|
|WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin||Wheatbelt|
|Wananami Remote Community School||Kimberley|
|Wiluna Remote Community School||Goldfields|
|Wyalkatchem District High School||Wheatbelt|
|Yandeyarra Remote Community School||Pilbara|
|Yulga Jinna Remote Community School||Mid-West|