More frontline teachers as Labor continues education investment

October 18, 2020

More than 6,100 new teachers and 1,100 new teacher aides will be employed under a re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government.

The Great Teachers, Great Future program would see Queensland keep pace with expected enrolment growth of an extra 8000 students each year.

The plan also includes nearly $20 million to set up the exciting new Turn to Teaching paid internship program to attract aspiring teachers from other fields of work.

The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s strong health response to COVID-19 has put Queensland on the road to economic recovery.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this was another commitment to supporting jobs, part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.

“This is the single biggest investment in teachers in Queensland’s history,” the Premier said.

“But it’s not just an investment in teachers, it’s an investment in our state’s future.

“Queensland schools are where our future leaders are moulded.

“Employing more than 6100 teachers and 1100 teacher aides over the next four years not only helps create jobs now, but it sets up students for the jobs of the future.”

This announcement follows the Premier’s commitment to invest more than a billion dollars in new school infrastructure.

“State school enrolments are continuing to grow rapidly every year,” the Premier said.

“We are building the new schools, new classrooms and new facilities needed to keep pace with that growth.

“But we also need to ensure we have a steady pipeline of new teachers and teacher aides at the front of those new classrooms.

“We will continue to invest in our teachers and teacher aides and back them to provide a world class education for Queensland children.”

Education Minister Grace Grace said the Premier’s plan to invest in education was in stark contrast to the LNP’s disastrous record of cutting, sacking and selling.

“The LNP left behind a disastrous legacy of education cuts, sackings and school closures last time they were in office,” Ms Grace said.

“And as Campbell Newman’s Assistant Treasurer, Deb Frecklington’s fingerprints were all over those decisions.

“Instead of building for enrolment growth across the state like the Premier has announced today, they cut more than 500 teaching positions and sacked 700 education support staff. 

“They also closed eight schools and cut programs designed to specifically support students and families.

“And true to form, their promise from earlier in the campaign would cut 2,840 teaching positions out of Queensland schools.

“Deb Frecklington’s plan to get to a surplus during a global pandemic recession could only be achieved if they made massive cuts again.

“Because Annastacia Palaszczuk got the health response right, we have begun implementing Queensland’s plan for economic recovery including investing in the teachers we need now and into the future.

“It is clear that under Labor there’s never been a better time to teach in Queensland.”