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Top teachers in NSW could be offered higher paid roles under a plan being considered to stop the best educators leaving the classroom.

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said creating a stronger career path for classroom teachers which better rewards excellence was key to modernizing the education system and attracting more people to the profession.

NSW has some of the best teachers in the world, but they often leave the classroom and move into management roles to secure higher pay and career progression.

This model is not ‘performance pay’, this is about expanding the career options for teachers and keeping our best in the classroom.

Teachers in NSW start on a salary of $73,737, which increases to a maximum of $117,060 if they gain accreditation as “highly accomplished” or lead teacher, while assistant principals get $126,528.

The announcement comes a day before the nation’s education ministers meet to discuss the ongoing issue of chronic teacher shortages.

NSW teachers’ unions are at loggerheads with the perrottet government over pay and staff shortages they say have led to unmanageable workloads.

Public school teachers have walked off the job three times this year, and NSW Teachers Federation president angelos Gavrielatos says the crisis is putting the state’s education future at risk with some 3800 teachers needed by 2027.

The unions want a pay rise of five to seven per cent, while the NSW government has offered three per cent.

– from AAP.

NSW building commissioner’s resignation letter to be released

The NSW building commissioner’s resignation letter which reportedly exposes his “problematic” relationship with a former government minister is set to be released today.

The government has passed the controversial letter on to the state’s anti-corruption body.

Premier Dominic perrottet said during question time yesterday that he had read David Chandler’s letter and it would be provided to the upper house on Thursday.

This is a letter related to an employment matter.

Out of an abundance of caution the letter was provided to the ICAC for information.

Labor successfully managed to force the government to release the letter from Chandler, who tendered his resignation in June and will finish in November.

All emails, texts and instant messages felt in the past eight months between then fair trading minister Eleni petinosher current and former staffers, former deputy premier John barilaro and Chandler will also be released.

– from AAP

More wet weather on way to NSW

New South Wales residents have been warned by the Bureau of Meteorology to expect fresh rains with flood warnings current.

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And welcome to Thursday’s Guardian Australia live blog.

Chinese ambassador to Australian Xiao Qian addressed the National Press Club yesterday with a surprisingly candid speech. Over the course of 90-minute address Qian drew a line in the sand on Taiwan while in trade relations indicating that a thawing relations between China and Australia may be possible – the terms under which China would re-engage.

The speech will be expected to add to heightened tensions as Qian made clear that China was intent on reunification between Taiwan and the mainland, saying it would use “all necessary means”. When asked what “all necessary means” meant, Qian responded by saying: “Use your imagination.”

I’m Royce Kurmelovs, taking the blog through the day. With so much going on out there, it’s easy to miss stuff, so if you spot something happening in Australia and think it should be in the blog, you can find me on Twitter at @RoyceRk2 where my DMs are open.

With that, let’s get started…

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