The Allan Government is refusing to release key documents relating to Victoria’s teacher shortage crisis, as almost 800 advertised positions remain unfilled just days from the commencement of the 2024 school year.
The Department of Education has rejected a Freedom of Information (FOI) request for a full copy of an October 2022 brief titled BRI22108445 – Schools workforce challenges and teacher supply resourcing proposal provided by the Department to Minister for Education.
A summary of the brief acknowledges that “further supports would be required to address the workforce supply challenges” plaguing the state’s education sector.
In a further attempt to hide the true state of the crisis, the Allan Government has refused to publish the long overdue 2022 Teacher Supply and Demand Report – a key report that analyses teacher supply and demand trends and forward projections over a five-year timeframe.
This refusal comes despite the Teacher Supply and Demand report being prepared on an annual basis and is typically ready for publication in October of a given year, meaning both the 2022 and 2023 reports are now overdue.
Shadow Minister for Education, Jess Wilson, said: “The Allan Government is hiding the true state of Victoria’s teacher shortage crisis – there are no other reasons to keep these key documents hidden.
“In a matter of days Victorian students will be returning to school, yet we still don’t know how many will be without a permanent teacher or forced to learn in a doubled-up classroom.
“Labor’s teacher shortage crisis is of their own making and it is robbing students of the high-quality education they deserve, continuing to have a detrimental impact on learning outcomes which are already at record lows.
“A stable learning environment is fundamental for students to get the most out of their education and the Allan Government must stop hiding the true state of this crisis and take action to address it.”