ATWD - Australian Teacher Workforce Data

Australian Teacher Workforce Data

Informing the future of the teaching profession

About 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, and 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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Benefits of the ATWD

Teachers are the number one in-school influence on student outcomes. By understanding the challenges and opportunities faced by Australian teachers we can better support the profession and improve student outcomes. The ATWD will provide 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.


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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. Only de-identified data is included in the ATWD.


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ATWD Teacher Survey

Understanding the career paths and work experiences of teachers across Australia is a major part of the ATWD. By completing the annual ATWD Teacher Survey as a teacher you are contributing to this initiative and helping create a clearer picture of the profession.


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ATWD reports

The first report from the ATWD initiative, National Initial Teacher Education Pipeline, provides an analysis of the characteristics of students who are entering, are currently enrolled in, or have completed initial teacher education.

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, Skills and Employment, the states and territories, teacher regulatory authorities and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

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