The union strongly supported members at the Parliamentary Inquiry into Teacher Shortages and Educational Outcomes in NSW over two days in the first week of February.
The wide-ranging NSW Inquiry left no stone unturned, with terms of reference including current and projected teacher shortages and student enrolments, out-of-field teaching, merged classes and minimal supervision, incentive programs to address regional shortages, temporary and casual teachers, student health and wellbeing and the impact of shortages on educational outcomes.
“If anyone doesn’t believe the teacher shortage is genuine, they only need to spend half a day in this inquiry to understand its widespread impact,” said IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary Mark Northam, who addressed the Inquiry in August 2022.
Convened by NSW Upper House Portfolio Committee No 3 – Education and chaired by One Nation Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) Mark Latham, the committee comprises Nationals MLC Wes Fang, Labor MLCs Courtney Houssos and Anthony D’Adam, Greens MLC Abigail Boyd, and Liberal MLCs Aileen MacDonald and Scott Farlow. The committee is due to report on 25 February.