Shaping our Future: 10-year national workforce strategy released

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A new 10-year National Children’s Education and Care Workforce Strategy has been released. It aims to foster a sustainable and high-quality workforce of early childhood teachers and educators for the future.

The strategy, Shaping our Future, was facilitated by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and co-designed with:

  • the early childhood education and care sector
  • the Australian Government
  • all state and territory governments
  • education and training providers
  • peak organisations
  • regulatory bodies.

Read the national workforce strategy on ACECQA’s website.

Actions to attract, support and retain staff

The strategy outlines short, medium and long-term actions across important focus areas of:  

  • professional recognition
  • attraction and attention
  • leadership and capability
  • wellbeing
  • qualifications and career pathways
  • data and evidence.

These actions build on the significant investment by all governments and the sector to date in workforce-related initiatives.

Roadmap for meeting future needs

The strategy provides a roadmap to creating a more sustainable and skilled workforce.

It acknowledges the growing demand for early childhood teachers and educators.

It targets complex and long-standing issues associated with attracting, developing and retaining a high-quality workforce.

Next steps

All governments and the sector are collectively responsible for implementing the strategy.

Governments and sector stakeholders will work together on implementation to achieve the strategy’s aims.

The strategy is designed to be a living document. Regular monitoring will ensure it can adapt and respond to emerging workforce challenges over the next ten years.

Read the national workforce strategy on ACECQA’s website.