Legislative Council: Tuesday, September 06, 2022


Agricultural Teacher Shortage

In reply to the Hon. S.L. GAME ().15 June 2022).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Education, Training and Skills has advised:

The Australian curriculum is mandated in South Australian government schools. Food and fibre is taught as part of the design and technologies curriculum.

This learning area is taught from reception to year 10 and includes food and fibre production and food specialisations at varying levels of depth depending on the year level.

The Department for Education supports students to engage with agriculture through curriculum resources developed by expert teachers.

The Department has worked closely with the Agricultural Teachers Association and the Design and Technologies Teachers association in the development of these resources.

The education department is in constant contact with various education associations including the Agricultural Teachers Association and would welcome any engagement on how we can further enhance food and fibre education for South Australians.