The Initial Teacher Education: Data Report 2015 brings together a range of 2013 data about initial teacher education programs, applicants, students and graduates. Links to the report and a complete list of summary findings are available below.


Since 2005, commencing students studying a master’s qualification have increased, rising from 111 to 4,122 in 2013.

Commencing students studying a master's qulaification
External mode of attendance

There has been an overall increase in the number of students studying through an external mode of attendance, with a 93 per cent increase since 2005.


In 2012, the average success rate for ITE students passing their units of study was 90 per cent compared to 88 per cent for all fields of education.

Success rate

Responses to the Graduate Destinations Survey show graduates working part-time in schools are predominately employed on a temporary/casual basis. For graduates working full-time in schools, over 50 per cent are employed on a fixed term basis.


Early career teacher responses to the Staff in Australia’s School survey in 2013 indicate that the majority expected that teaching would be a lifetime career. For primary school teachers, 11 per cent of those teaching for one to two years considered an alternative career; however, this increased to 24 per cent for primary school teachers teaching between three to five years.

Teaching as a lifetime career - Primary school teachers