School Teacher Workforce Data Reports


This page provides access to national reports on school teacher workforce data and analysis, wholly or partly funded by the Australian Government, which are intended to inform teacher workforce issues and teacher workforce planning.

These reports include:

  • Staff in Australia’s Schools
  • The OECD Teaching And Learning International Survey
  • The National Teaching Workforce Dataset
  • The Longitudinal Teacher Education and Workforce Study

They are relevant to teachers and school principals, education authorities, other key education stakeholders, and parents and students.

The National Teaching Workforce Dataset

The inaugural National Teacher Workforce Dataset (NTWD) was compiled by Ernst & Young using data supplied by teacher employers and registration bodies. The dataset comprises mostly teacher level data on some 440 000 individual teachers including teacher demographics, qualifications, registration status and current employment. It also includes some data items from the Staff in Australia’s Schools 2013 survey where they are not available from other sources.

Staff in Australia’s Schools

The Staff in Australia’s Schools (SiAS) survey of teachers and school leaders was conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research in 2013. Data was collected on a range of topics including initial teacher education, employment status, job satisfaction, career paths and intentions, principal authority and teacher appraisal.

There are two reports on the SiAS: a main report that sets out findings broken down by primary and secondary teachers and leaders across all of the areas of the survey; and a supplementary report that analyses the results for selected primary and secondary curriculum areas. The 2013 survey was also designed to provide comparative and updated data following previous surveys conducted in 2006-07 and 2010.

SiAS 2013

Previous SiAS Reports

The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) 2013 (the second TALIS which has been undertaken) focuses on the learning environment and the working conditions of teachers in schools and aims to fill important information gaps in the international comparisons of education systems. The survey’s main sample involved lower secondary teachers (years 7–10) and principals from 34 participating countries, and it included around 2000 teachers and 120 schools from Australia.

The Australian Council for Education Research also produced an Australia country specific report which provides a further detailed look into the Australian findings from the International Report.

The OECD will release additional reports on the findings from the survey’s optional samples (primary and senior secondary teachers, and the TALIS–PISA link) at a later date.

2013 TALIS

2008 TALIS

The Longitudinal Teacher Education and Workforce Study

The Longitudinal Teacher Education and Workforce Study (LTEWS) was conducted by Deakin University and followed a cohort of new teachers most of whom completed their initial teacher education in 2011. It investigated patterns of career progression and perceptions of the relevance and effectiveness of teacher education. It also canvassed the views of employing principals.

*Due to limitations in the design, timelines and implementation of the study, the LTEWS findings should be interpreted with caution noting that the study faced great difficulty in identifying a consistent body of newly qualified teachers transitioning to work. There are a range of outliers in the data set and differences in response rates between states and territories that mean that results from the study must be treated with caution, particularly for any sub-groups of the data set. If specific results are to be relied upon, standard errors and other information on data quality within the report should be carefully considered.

Longitudinal Teacher Workforce Pilot Study

In 2011, Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) undertook a pilot study to inform the development of the LTEWS. The pilot study utilised GCA’s existing surveys to collect data in 2011 about the career progression and views on teacher education of those who graduated in 2007.