Workload Impacting on Principal Health and Wellbeing


Report finds principals working 56 - 66 hour weeks and it's impacting on family life.

The 2011-2014 Principal Health & Wellbeing Survey produced by Dr Philip Riley and Teachers Health Fund has found that Principals and Deputy Principals are bearing a huge workload burden; they are not adequately resourced or supported; and in some cases this is impacting on health and wellbeing.

The report includes a range of disturbing findings but perhaps but none more so than the following:

“Too many participants in the survey are working too many hours and it is taking a toll on their greatest support group; their families. Work-Family conflict occurs at approximately double the rate for the population generally. The amount of emotional labour expected of principals and deputies/assistants is 1.7 times that of the population.” (Executive Summary, p.8)

The survey also found that:

  • Half of principals work upwards of 56 hours per week and 13% work upwards of 66 hours per week.

  • "The greatest source of stress for all principals and deputies/assistants  in every state and every  sector is the sheer quantity of work, closely followed by a lack of time to focus on teaching and learning."

  • Workload together with lack of adequate resourcing and support is dangerous to the long-term health and wellbeing of principals.

Recommendation: Improve Health & Wellbeing Through Professional Support

A key recommendation is that the wellbeing  of principals can be improved by "Provid[ing] opportunities for principals and deputy/assistant principals to engage in professional support networks on a regular basis."

AEU ACT Claim: Two Weeks of Professional Leadership Development Each Year

In line with the Principal Health & Wellbeing Survey recommendation, our Enterprise Agreement bargaining claim calls on ETD to:

“Provide for the accrual by principals and deputy principals of two weeks of professional leadership development time for each year of service in a substantive principal or deputy principal role.”

This claim has been rejected by ETD.

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2011-2014 Health & Wellbeing Report



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