14 June 2018
Minister for Education and Training
Boosting our education workforce
The Hodgman Liberal Government is delivering our Plan to improve education in Tasmania by providing the best possible education to our students, including more teachers in our classrooms.
We have committed a record $324 million over six years to take education in our State to the next level, with the first tranche of this commitment delivered in the 2018-19 State Budget.
This Budget includes a record level of spending, $6.75 billion across the Forward Estimates in Education and Training. This will see the employment of an additional 277 new staff in our schools, including 192 teachers and 80 teacher assistants in Prep to ensure every student gets the support they need.
The 2018-19 State Budget will include $69.4 million for the first four years’ funding of this initiative.
Under this Government, we have already employed 142 teachers and this funding will further increase our teaching workforce capacity. Research shows that teachers are among the biggest predictors of student success which is why we are working constructively with key stakeholders on how to attract additional high quality teachers into Tasmania's state schools system.
Teacher quality is paramount in driving better educational outcomes in Tasmania, and this significant investment will be targeted to gain improvements in key areas including:
- Literacy and numeracy;
- School farms;
- Early years education; and
- Increased specialist expertise in difficult-to-staff locations.
The Hodgman Liberal Government has a goal to lead the nation in education and create a job-ready generation of young Tasmanians, because there is no better foundation to Tasmania's future than education.