Tell NSW MPs to take teacher shortages seriously!

schools are in crisis

Schools are in crisis. Teacher shortages are severe across every sector in NSW: government, non-government and early childhood education.

This dire situation has been in the making for several years and has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Uncompetitive salaries and unmanageable workloads mean teachers are leaving the profession and not enough graduates are entering it.

School enrolments are expected to grow by 10% over the next decade, while enrolments in initial teaching degrees have fallen by 8% between 2017 and 2020, leading to an expected shortfall of 4000 teachers by 2025.

The IEU appeared before the NSW Parliament’s Inquiry into Teacher Shortages in NSW on 4 August to provide insights into what is causing the current crisis and how employers and the NSW Government can address it. But we need your help!

In writing to NSW MPs, we can collectively urge them to address the teacher shortages and scrap the unfair wages cap that impacts teachers and support staff in all schools. Salaries in non-government schools are inextricably linked to the NSW Government’s wages policy. Non-government employers are watching and waiting to see what the NSW Government will do. It’s time to break this deadlock and achieve better outcomes for all.

Tell your NSW MP to take teacher shortages seriously. The time to act is now!


Take action! Enter your details in the form to start writing to NSW MPs to urge them to take teacher shortages seriously. We’ve started you off with a pre-written letter but you are welcome to personalise it as much as you like and include your name at the end.