Annual report shows Tasmania is continuing to improve education, starting with ECEC

by Freya Lucas

October 16, 2020

An annual report, tabled in Tasmanian Parliament yesterday, shows that teacher numbers continue to increase, and that the Department has an important focus on early years education “to help set our young people up for the brightest future possible”.


The report showed an increase “of over 50 (FTE) more teachers in 2019-20 than in 2018-19, demonstrating the Government’s commitment to employing more teachers in our public schools.”


As well as demonstrating increased teacher numbers, the report showed that the Department is “continuing to deliver on our long term plan for education in Tasmania, despite challenges posed by COVID-19 including time spent learning from home.”


Community engagement, the Department noted, is occurring in Sorell, East Tamar and Wynyard with Local Enabling Groups working within those communities to develop their visions for new Child and Family Learning Centres.


Additional measures in the early years space include an expansion of the Working Together initiative in 2020 from 55 to 120 places for three-year olds, to help support families access quality early learning.


The Tasmanian Government reinforced its commitment to improving educational outcomes in Tasmania and ensuring each child has the best possible opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.


A copy of the Annual Report can be found at