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(This information is taken from the ALP’s Performance Pay Fact Sheet, downloadable from the ALP’s Performance Pay page.)

If re-elected, the ALP proposes to invest $1.25 billion over five years into a teacher performance pay scheme.  All teachers are eligible for the bonus; it is not restricted to those with the most experience.  Approximately one in ten teachers would receive the bonus each year.  Teachers who are already at the top of the payment scale would receive eight thousand dollars, whilst those at the lower end would receive five thousand four hundred dollars.  (These figures are based on the current rates of pay).  The Gillard government claims that the motive behind this scheme is to see outstanding individuals rewarded.  Ideally, this reward will inspire the best teachers to stay in the classroom, rather than moving on into administration or executive positions (or even leaving the profession altogether) in the pursuit of higher pay.


The ‘best’ teachers will be identified using a variety of assessments, including:

  • Lesson observations
  • Analysis of student performance data (including NAPLAN)
  • Parental feedback
  • Teacher qualifications
  • Professional development

There are also plans to utilize student feedback, however it has not yet been decided how to integrate it.  The evaluation of a teacher would be undertaken by a panel, consisting of “the principal, a senior regional staff representative and an independent third party” (p. 3).



Performance pay for teachers is not a new topic of conversation, but with Labor announcing their plan to implement a bonus scheme that would see reward payments being distributed in 2014 (based on the results of the 2013 school year) there is added impetus to discussing the pros and cons of such an approach. (Click here to view the Australian Labor Party Performance Pay page. The Performance Pay fact sheet can be downloaded from here.)

Courtesy of Nicholson, P. (June 12, 2007). Nicholson Cartoons. Retrieved 30th May, 2012, from