National research and workforce planning

Ensuring the development of a national data set on initial teacher education and the teacher workforce will support continuous improvement in the design and delivery of initial teacher education programs and contribute to the growth of teaching as a profession.


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Agreement to share and link data for effective teaching workforce management

Performance indicators

1. National agreement across Commonwealth and all states and territories to fund and participate in a national strategy to achieve nationally consistent workforce data

In December 2016, Education Council agreed to fund and participate in the Australian Teacher Workforce Data (ATWD) Strategy for an initial four year period from 2017 to 2021. This project will provide national longitudinal data on ITE and the teacher workforce starting from 2018–19.

2. Commonwealth Linkage Authority contracted to link, manage the data and data security in the ATWD

The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) has been appointed as the Commonwealth Linkage Authority to collate, link, and store the data collected through the ATWD. The AIHW will also de-identify the data and manage data security, privacy, and access under guidance from the ATWD Oversight Board.


Integrated national data product available for the purpose of workforce data modelling

Performance indicators

1. Proportion of teachers nationally included in the ATWD data

It is anticipated that at least four jurisdictions will provide data to the ATWD in 2018, with the rest to submit data once the necessary legislative changes have been made.

2. First data product endorsed and approved for public release

Work in this area is progressing under the ATWD Oversight Board. The ATWD Strategy is currently on track for uploading and linking data via the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare from the end of 2018 to mid-2019. First national ITE and teacher workforce reporting is anticipated for 2019 and information will be provided on this performance indicator as it becomes available.


Continuous program improvement based on research and policy and robust teacher workforce supply modelling

Performance indicators

1. Series of national ITE and teacher workforce reports available for use by jurisdictions and Commonwealth for ITE and teacher workforce planning

Reports will become available from 2019 following the first upload and linking of the ATWD data, scheduled to commence in 2018.

2. Stakeholder perceptions of usefulness of data in ITE program design, delivery, and improvement and workforce supply modelling

Stakeholder perceptions on the usefulness of data in these areas will be gathered through both quantitative and qualitative methods in 2020/21. Given that many ITE providers will be moving towards the end of their accreditation cycles at this point and will be beginning to look at program improvements based on the data they have gathered, these perceptions will provide a rich source of feedback on the ATWD.