Incentivising Teachers To Work In Regions

Jo Palmer, Minister for Education

To ensure Tasmanian school students in our regional and remote areas have access to quality education, the Tasmanian Liberal Government is extending remote teacher incentives.

Minister for Education, Jo Palmer, said the extended incentives are part of our 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future, with work now underway to identify those regional schools where this investment will make the most difference.

Eight schools including King Island District High School, Flinders Island District High School, Redpa Primary School, Cape Barren Island School, Rosebery District High School, Strahan Primary School, Mountain Heights School and Zeehan Primary School, already have incentives in place.

“We already offer financial incentives for teachers who commit to working in isolated schools, with increased incentives and new incentives offered as a part of the last Teacher Agreement.

“However, we want to ensure we are attracting and retaining high-quality education staff across the State, and that is why our Government committed to extending incentives to hard-to-staff schools.

“This is a targeted but flexible approach to support schools experiencing difficulty, longer term, in filling teaching positions.

“Consultation will now begin with the Australian Education Union on this as occurred with the current Teachers Agreement.

“This investment will guarantee our hard-to-staff schools attract and retain the high-quality teachers they need and deserve.

“Tasmania’s regions are our heartland, and our students deserve the best.”

The commitment is in response to a national shortage of teachers, with greater impact in regional areas, and seeks to build the depth of experienced and high-quality teaching staff in hard to staff schools, as part of our 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future.

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