AEU Victoria's Ten Year Plan for Staffing in Public Education sets out our recommendations for further action by the state government to ensure public education is appropriately funded, and that kindergartens, schools and TAFE have the qualified staff they need.
Every person has the right to access high-quality, properly and fairly funded public education, including being taught by a fully qualified teacher, assisted by properly trained support staff, and led by principals and other educational leaders with the resources they need.
Ensuring student access to high-quality teaching and learning, and welfare supports, centres on fully qualified and well-supported educators who are respected for the important work they do.
But right now, we risk a crisis in which kindergartens, schools and TAFEs cannot employ enough staff to meet even the most basic needs of students.
The pandemic has highlighted the longstanding inequities in public education. This, and the associated overwork and burnout of staff, has contributed to a critical shortage of teachers, support staff, and allied health professionals.
There is no more important time than now for investment in the workforce, which is, in turn, a direct investment in students, especially those with additional needs. A failure to act, both in the short and longer term, will make it difficult for Victoria to deliver the promise we make to our students.