In a move aimed at tackling the increasing statewide teacher shortage, 95,000 NSW classroom teachers will see a significant pay rise.
The move is set to see the state’s educators go from being among the worst to the best paid in the country.
Under the agreement, endorsed by the Teachers Federation Council, starting salaries will increase from $75,791 to $85,000, and payments for those at the top of the scale increase from $113,042 to $122,100 from 9 October.
It’s the most significant uplift in teachers’ salaries seen in NSW in almost three decades.
A restructured pay scale will now include seven steps ensuring a more rapid progression.
The Chris Minns government is hoping the pay increase will take pressure off working families who need a reliable public education system.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Learning Prue Car said the agreement marked a step in the right direction.
“I am so proud that today we are able to give teachers the pay rise they so urgently deserve,” she said.
“Just over five months ago, the Labor was elected with a mandate to sit down and negotiate a new deal for our teachers, and that is exactly what we have achieved.
“The endorsement of this agreement marks an important step forward for teachers, as well as for students and families, as we work together to rebuild the state’s public education system.”
NSW Teachers Federation acting president Henry Rajendra said the wage increase would benefit education as a whole.
“This historic advance has been won by thousands of teachers who campaigned tirelessly,” he explained.
“They are passionate about the teaching profession and absolutely committed to giving all kids a decent shot at life.
“Teachers will benefit from this agreement which will immediately begin tackling the teacher shortage. The ultimate beneficiaries are our children. Investing in teachers is investing in the future.”
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