Pressing pause on the NSW Curriculum rollout is the right decision

Thursday, 4 May 2023 

The Independent Education Union of Australia NSW/ACT Branch, which represents over 32,000 teachers, support staff and principals in the non-government education sector, welcomes the announcement by the Minns Government that it will ‘press pause’ on the implementation of the NSW Curriculum. 


“Teachers have been warning for months that the previous timeframe was both unnecessary and unmanageable” Mark Northam, Secretary of the Independent Education Union NSW/ACT Branch, said. 


“It’s encouraging to have a government that is finally listening to the profession,” Northam said. 


The independent school sector is experiencing staffing shortages and excessive teacher workloads, and a compressed rollout of the curriculum would only exacerbate this problem.  


“Implementing a new syllabus is complex and time consuming,” Northam said. “It takes time to get it right and to ensure the best educational outcomes for students. The teacher shortage crisis demands this enlightened response from the government, and we applaud their decision.” 


The previous government’s plan was to implement changes to 26 syllabuses in the coming 12 months, despite warnings from the teaching profession that this was unworkable and would prove detrimental to student outcomes. 


The 2019 NSW Curriculum Review, led by Professor Geoff Masters, suggested a 10-year rollout timeframe, a recommendation strongly supported by teachers.” Northam said. 


“This revised schedule shows the NSW Government is listening to the voice of the teaching profession. 

“The syllabus review and reform program is the most significant change to the NSW Curriculum in many years. It is important to get it right rather than just get it done quickly,” Northam said. 


IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary Mark Northam 0427 667 061 

Media: Sue Osborne, 0430 220 254 

The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch represents over 32,000 teachers, principals and support staff in Catholic and independent schools, early childhood centres and post-secondary colleges. 

Authorised by Mark Northam, Secretary, IEUA NSW/ACT Branch