The New South Wales government welcomes the decision of the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) to put more money in the pockets of teachers in the state.
The IRC has granted a six percent increase in teacher pay over 2022 and 2023.
Education and Early Learning Minister Sarah Mitchell welcomed the pay deal for more than 90,000 teachers in the state and urged teachers’ unions to work constructively with the government on the following this decision.
“Ensuring our teachers receive the maximum raises to which they are entitled has been a priority for me and the NSW Government,” Ms Mitchell said.
“I hope that the Teachers’ Federation will now start working with us to improve the results of our students.
“We have embarked on a significant reform program including a new, streamlined curriculum and giving teachers time to teach, and have guaranteed additional release time for all teachers to allow these reforms to be implemented effectively.”
As part of the salary agreement reached in the IRC, more than 2022 and 2023 teachers will receive:
- an additional increase of 0.25% effective July 1, 2022 (backdated) on top of the 2.5% increase received on January 1, 2022; and
- an increase of 3% from January 1, 2023.
Teachers will also receive an additional one-time payment outside of the price, amounting to 0.25% of their annual salary as of June 30, 2022. This amount will be paid as a lump sum once the price is finalized, meaning that teachers will actually receive 3% from July.
Over the past 11 years, the New South Wales government has streamlined pay policy and blocked teacher salary increases, ensuring stability while reducing the New South Wales budget deficit and managing the economy responsibly. As part of this sensible approach, teachers have received a salary increase of almost 30% since 2011.
Finance and Employee Relations Minister Damien Tudehope said it was a fair deal for teachers, in line with the government’s new pay policy which provides for higher salaries alongside reforms to to improve productivity.
“Our pay policy offers one of the strongest public sector pay increases in the country and I am pleased that we can offer our teachers a pay rise well above the 2% per annum increase recently granted by the Victorian Government. “said Mr. Tudehope.
NSW wage policy calls for a further 0.5% increase in 2023-24 pending agreement on reforms to improve productivity.
Teacher salaries in New South Wales have grown nearly 2.5 times faster than the OECD average over the past two decades.
The New South Wales Government’s Quality Time program is on track to reduce the workload and administrative burden facing teachers by 20% by the end of 2022, having already met our targets for principals and school administrative staff.