25 NovStaffing and skills crisis looms for Australian early education and care

Posted on 25 Nov 2021

A recent study by three leading education and care peak bodies has revealed that Australian education and care services reported over 4,500 vacancies had been advertised in the first six months of 2021. Nearly half of all job vacancies in education and care settings remained unfilled in early 2021. Poor pay and conditions, and lack of qualified applicants were key reasons for these shortages.

The study report warns that national demand for educators is expected to increase by 11% and for teachers by 17% by 2025 which is well above the national projected employment growth.

As a result, over half of all services have made changes to service delivery to respond to the staff shortages – in addition to reducing quality by dropping back to ‘at ratio’ delivery, and staff working additional hours.

READ THE FULL MEDIA RELEASE HERE

CLICK HERE for the Study Report – Investing in our future: Growing the education and care workforce.

For an interview contact James Gardener on 0413 483 182 or jgardener@elaa.org.au

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