Technologies Teacher Shortage Crisis

DATTA Vic is working hard to address the current shortage of trained Technologies teachers on behalf of our members.

Following extenstive research with schools from all over Australia in 2019, we created a report on the national teacher shortage, and then in 2020, we released the Victorian report. This details the impact of the crisis on our teachers and students.



As well as advocating on behalf of our learning area, DATTA Vis has a number of initiatives to support teachers who are new to Design & Technologies. We deliver a range of Masterclasses for educators from other learning areas who are teaching D&T.

Our next Teaching Design Masterclass starts in May 2021. It's only available to DATTA Vic members and costs only $500 per participant. Numbers strictly limited. For further information and to register, click HERE.

We are also creating a register of experienced D&T teachers from throughout Victoria who are willing to ace as mentors to new or inexperienced D&T educators. If you can help, click HERE to register.

*JULY 2021

In July 2021, DATTA Vic wrote to:

  • The Hon James Merlino, Deputy Premier & Minister for Education
  • The Hon Gayle Tierney, Monister for Higher Education, Training & Skills
  • Timonth Binks, Director, Workforce Analytics and Strategy, Department of Education and Training

We urged the government to take the following measures to tackle the critical shortage of Design & Technologies teachers in Victoria:

  • Extend the eligibility for the Pathways into Teaching funding for the Masters Teaching (Design and Technologies/Systems Engineering) programs at Swinburne and Victoria Universities
  • Widen the VET/VCAL Workforce Reform Program to include secondary Design and Technology and Systems Engineering teacher training
  • Extend the Secondary Maths and Science Initiative to include the upskilling of teachers in T and E of STEM (Technology and Engineering)
  • Initiate discussions with Victorian universities to encourage and support the establishment of undergraduate and post-graduate courses that will address the dire shortage of Technologies teacher training in Victoria.

You can read the whole letter HERE.

*MARCH 2021

DATTA Vic recently presented at the Council of Professional Associations Victoria's event on Out-of-Field Teaching on 29 March. This information session was attended by members of the DET, VCAA, VIT and the Tertiary Sector, and aimed to highlight both the impact of the teacher shortage on education and the vital work teachers associations are doing in this area. You can access the presentation given by our EEO Laura Murphy HERE.

This month, DATTA Vic representatives also met with the DET's Workforce Stratefy Unit for the second time to discuss the teacher shortage crisis. 

*MARCH 2021

The Campaign for VET & Technologies Education (CVTE) aims to establish Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programs in Victoria capable of producing a sustainable supply of high-quality and professionally qualified Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) registered Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Technologies (Design & Technologies and Digital Technologies) teachers to resource Victorian schools. They formed following the closure of the Bachelor of Technology Education at La Trobe University. Visit their website to see how you can get invovled in the campaign, and please complete their survey if you are a graduate of the Tech Ed course.


The Victorian Government has announced a new Accelerated Pathway into Teaching program which aims to tackle the teacher shortage in Victoria.  As well as offering financial incentives to fell hard-to-staff vacancies, they have established a Hybrid Accelerated Pathway, where student teachers will receive a $15,000 stipend to assist with intensive study with some practical classroom experience at a local school over 12 months. They will then have paid on-the-job training while completing their studies over a further six to 12 months.

There are currently no options for pre-service teachers to chose a Design & Technologies/Systems Engineering specialisation, but DATTA Vic are lobbying to have this changed.

November 2020

Please sign this petition to the Victorian Government to call for increased initial teacher education opportunities in Technologies and VET and to protest the closure of the Bachelor of Technology Education course at La Trobe University

November 2020:

Click HERE to access the letter sent to Professor Tien Kieu, the Victorian STEM Education Amnbassador, alerting him to the critical shortage of qualified D&T teachers.

October 2020:

In October 2020, DATTA Vic met with David Robinson, DET Director of Early Childhood and School Education Reform and Timothy Binks, DET Acting Project Director, Workforce Strategy Unit. We went to lobby for action on the critical shortage of Design & Technology Teachers in Victoria. Click on this image to view the full-size letter that we submitted. It aims to outline the problem, make suggestions for short and long-term solutions and advocate for acknowledging D&T as central to succesful STEM education.

March 2020:

In February 2020, DATTA Vicwrote to the Hon.James Merlino MP, Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, to ask for his intervention in this crisis.

This was accompanied by a second letter to the Ministers with the following portfolios:

Training, Skills & Higher Education; Transport & Infrastructure; Regional Development & Resources; Jobs, Innovation & Trade, Energy, Environment & Climate Change; Creative Industries; Small Business; Public  Transport

You can read both these letters here:

Letter to the Hon James Merlino MP, Deputy Premier and Minister for EducationLetter to Victorian Government Ministers detailing the wider effects of the teacher shortage

DATTA Vic have also:

  • achieved press coverage of the crisis in a number of publications, including The Age and Education HQ
  • worked with University and TAFE partners to develop increased options for initial teacher training and market them to appropriate graduates and industry professionals
  • piloted a succesful Teaching Design Masterclass to support teachers from other learning areas to safely deliver the D&T curriculum, which will be repeated in 2020 (click HERE for details)M
  • succesfully applied for funding to deliver a pilot Success with Systems Engineering Masterclass, in partnership with Banyule Nillumbik Tech School
  • offered free memberships to all students undertaking study in Design & Technologies education
  • delivered Design & Technologies Week to raise the profile of Design & Techhnologies amongst the wider education community

For information on becoming a D&T Teacher, click HERE.

For further information on this, or any other DATTA Vic initiative, contact Laura at / 03 9349 5809