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.


In February 2020, we wrote 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