NSW's 95,000 teachers to receive largest pay rise in decades
The NSW Government has today secured a historic pay rise for NSW’s 95,000 teachers, landing a deal that will tackle the teacher shortage crisis and see educators go from being among the worst to the best paid in the country.
Today, the Teachers Federation Council has voted to endorse the generous offer made by the NSW Government to lift teachers’ wages and restore respect and integrity to the state’s education sector.
The agreement will mean all teachers’ salaries undergo the most significant uplift seen in NSW in almost three decades.
This agreement means starting salaries will increase from $75,791 to $85,000, and salaries for those at the top of the scale increase from $113,042 to $122,100 from October 9.
This offer recognises the value of the work that NSW teachers do and was informed by findings of the Gallop report.
Every teacher will benefit as the pay scale is restructured into seven steps ensuring a more rapid progression.
This investment in our state’s education is desperately needed, following the neglect under the Liberals and Nationals, where poor funding decisions led to declining outcomes for students, and thousands of talented teachers quitting the profession.
Striking this deal is a vital part of the NSW Government’s plan to rebuild the essential services people rely on, taking pressure off working families who need a reliable public education system.
This uplift is part of the Government’s long-term goal to sustainably repair the budget by investing in our essential workers.
Educating future generations of students is the greatest investment a government can make, and there is nothing more important than having qualified teachers in front of every classroom.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Learning Prue Car said:
“I am so proud that today we are able to give teachers the pay rise they so urgently deserve.
“Just over five months ago, the Minns Labor Government was elected with a mandate to sit down and negotiate a new deal for our teachers, and that is exactly what we have achieved today.
“The Liberals and Nationals watched on as student outcomes declined and the state was in the grip of a teacher shortage crisis.
“The endorsement of this agreement marks and important step forward for teachers, as well as for students and families, as we work together to rebuild the state’s public education system.”