Ninety-five thousand teachers across the state are set to receive a ‘once-in-a-generation’ pay rise following a record deal struck between the NSW Government and the Teachers Federation.
The new agreement will see starting salaries increase by almost $10,000, with the minimum annual salary sitting at $85,000, while at the top of the scale teachers will earn $122,100.
The pay rise was a key election promise made by the Minns Labor Government in the lead-up to the 2023 state elections in March.
This agreement is said to benefit every teacher in NSW, with a new seven-step scale established to ensure all educators progress more rapidly through the system and receive ongoing recognition for their hard work educating the state’s students.
The increase is hoped to attract more teachers to the profession as well as restore a positive relationship among existing teachers who have been crying out for pay rises for years.
The pay rise took effect from the first pay period after 9 October.
Recently, the NSW Government reached a key target of converting 16,000 temporary teaching and school-based support staff roles from temporary to permanent positions, with more to come.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Learning Prue Car said the pay rise was a mark of respect for those who had endured staff shortages.
“I am thrilled that this week teachers have woken up to an increased pay packet landing in their bank accounts,” she said.
“This pay rise was desperately needed and I am proud the Minns Labor Government was able to deliver this major achievement within our first months in office.
“Striking this deal was vitally important, so our hardworking teachers can see they are respected by their Government, and being paid adequately for the hard work they are doing to educate the state’s students.”
Along with the pay increase, the Labor Government also announced plans to better improve learning for students at public schools.
“Our plan sets our priorities for the coming years and harnesses the commitment of our teachers and schools to provide an outstanding education for every learner,” Ms Car said.
“We believe in every student and support them to achieve their potential by enabling lifelong learning. Students will be prepared for life as informed, critical thinkers with a love of learning and ready to contribute to the world as active citizens.”
Ms Car said the State Government’s commitment to equity and excellence meant every student could learn, grow and belong at school.
“We are committed to improving the status of the teaching profession and the wellbeing of our teachers and staff by addressing workload concerns and supporting teachers to do their core job of teaching and leading students,” she said.
“This plan for NSW public education outlines how we will create an equitable and outstanding education system and strengthen trust and respect for the teaching profession. Our approach has been informed by evidence and insights from our engagement with our education community.”