ATWD - Australian Teacher Workforce Data

Australian Teacher Workforce Data

Informing the future of the teaching profession

What is the ATWD 

After families, teachers are the number one influence on the learning lives of children. So it's important to ensure teachers are properly supported throughout their careers. 

The Australian Teacher Workforce Data (ATWD) initiative is building the evidence base that will inform the future of the teaching profession. By connecting initial teacher education data and teacher workforce data from across Australia, the ATWD is providing nationally consistent data on subjects like :

  • How many teachers we have
  • How many graduates get jobs
  • The types of contracts teachers are employed under
  • Teacher career paths and experiences
  • How many teachers are entering and leaving the profession.

These insights will identify how to better support teachers and their wellbeing, and ensure teachers in schools and early childhood settings can deliver quality learning to every child.

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ATWD Key Metrics Dashboard

The ATWD Key Metrics Dashboard is the first digital data access tool for the Australian Teacher Workforce Data. It will continue to be updated with new data as it is made available. If you would like to be notified when new data is released, sign up at [email protected]


National Trends publications

The National Trends publications are written to support workforce planning and inform decision-making by increasing awareness and understanding of notable national trends. Access the National Trends: Initial Teacher Education Pipeline (published Feb 2024) and National Trends: Teacher Workforce (published June 2023) here. 


ATWD publications and data tools​

  • Access the latest National Trends and In Focus publications, plus the ATWD data tools.

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Benefits of the ATWD

Teachers are the number one in-school influence on student outcomes. By understanding the modern teaching experience we can better support the profession and improve student outcomes. The ATWD provides robust data to help tell this story.

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How the ATWD works

The ATWD unites and links data on initial teacher education and the teacher workforce to build a national picture of Australia’s teaching profession. All data provided to the ATWD is de-identified.

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How your privacy is protected

At all stages of data collation, processing, storage and reporting for the ATWD, the privacy of individuals is protected. No individual teachers can be identified.

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Australian Teacher Workforce Survey

Understanding the career paths and work experiences of teachers across Australia is a major part of the ATWD. By completing the annual Australian Teacher Workforce Survey you are helping create a clearer picture of the profession.

Further information

The ATWD is a joint initiative between, and is funded by, all state, territory and Commonwealth governments. It is being implemented by AITSL in partnership with the Australian Government Department of Education, state and territory governments, teacher regulatory authorities and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW); under the auspice of the ATWD Oversight Board.

For further information, please email [email protected] or Contact us.