National Workforce Strategy

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Workforce Strategy

In 2019 ACECQA undertook research and analysis to identify the underlying issues and opportunities to support the children’s education and care service sector attract, develop and retain a high quality workforce. The report confirmed that workforce issues continue to be a significant challenge across the sector.

One of the key findings from the report was that the workforce issues are complex and intertwined, and cannot be solved by one single organisation. National leadership is needed to provide strategic, comprehensive and impactful solutions.

Download the Workforce report.


Developing a new national workforce strategy

At the end of 2019, the Council of Australian Governments’ Education Council endorsed the development of a new national workforce strategy. In recognition that the complexity of workforce issues cannot be addressed by any one jurisdiction or organisation, the Strategy will be developed as a joint partnership between governments and the sector.

On behalf of all governments, ACECQA has been asked to lead the development of the strategy and supporting action plan. The final strategy and action plan is expected to be endorsed by Education Ministers in the latter half of 2021.

Public consultation will take place in 2021 and there will be a range of opportunities to contribute. Subscribe to the ACECQA newsletter to stay informed about the development of the strategy.