$12.4 million to boost remote and regional teacher supply

  • 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.

    As stated by 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.”

    Eligible schools under the Regional Incentive Framework

    SchoolEducation region
    Bayulu Remote Community SchoolKimberley
    Broome Senior High SchoolKimberley
    Burringurrah Remote Community SchoolMid-West
    Carnamah District High SchoolMid-West
    Carnarvon Community CollegeMid-West
    Central Midlands Senior High SchoolWheatbelt
    Dawul Remote Community SchoolKimberley
    Derby District High SchoolKimberley
    Djugerari Remote Community SchoolKimberley
    East Kimberley CollegeKimberley
    Eastern Goldfields CollegeGoldfields
    Fitzroy Valley District High SchoolKimberley
    Halls Creek District High SchoolKimberley
    Hedland Senior High SchoolPilbara
    Jerramungup District High SchoolSouth-West
    Jungdranung Remote Community SchoolKimberley
    Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High SchoolGoldfields
    Kalumburu Remote Community SchoolKimberley
    Kambalda West District High SchoolGoldfields
    Karratha Senior High SchoolPilbara
    La Grange Remote Community SchoolKimberley
    Laverton SchoolGoldfields
    Leinster Community SchoolGoldfields
    Leonora District High SchoolGoldfields
    Looma Remote Community SchoolKimberley
    Marble Bar Primary SchoolPilbara
    Meekatharra District High SchoolMid-West
    Menzies Community SchoolGoldfields
    Merredin CollegeWheatbelt
    Mount Magnet District High SchoolMid-West
    Mount Margaret Remote Community SchoolGoldfields
    Mullewa District High SchoolMid-West
    Muludja Remote Community SchoolKimberley
    Newman Senior High SchoolPilbara
    Ngaanyatjarra Lands SchoolGoldfields
    Norseman District High SchoolGoldfields
    Nullagine Primary SchoolPilbara
    One Arm Point Remote Community SchoolKimberley
    Ravensthorpe District High SchoolGoldfields
    Southern Cross District High SchoolWheatbelt
    Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community SchoolGoldfields
    Tom Price Senior High SchoolPilbara
    WA College of Agriculture – CunderdinWheatbelt
    Wananami Remote Community SchoolKimberley
    Wiluna Remote Community SchoolGoldfields
    Wyalkatchem District High SchoolWheatbelt
    Yandeyarra Remote Community SchoolPilbara
    Yulga Jinna Remote Community SchoolMid-West

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