Unsustainable workloads and work intensification in schools remain the primary reasons behind record low levels of teacher recruitment and retention.

The finalisation of a new National School Reform Agreement (NSRA) workload assessment tool is an important part of the larger plan needed to begin to tackle workload.

Read here how policy makers can better support school staff dealing with workload pressures: IEU Speaks on new teacher workload assessment tool

The federal government is to be commended for developing the workload assessment tool in collaboration with the IEU and other education unions. While applicable to policy initiatives arising from the NSRA, the tool sets an important precedent for similar workload protections across all areas of education policy.