Australian Teacher Workforce Data

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ATWD Teacher Survey

After families, teachers are the number one influence on the learning lives of our children, so it’s important to ensure that teachers are properly supported throughout their careers. The Australian Teacher Workforce Data (ATWD) Initiative will provide understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by the profession so that we can provide this support. More about the ATWD

As teachers you can complete the ATWD Teacher Survey and be part of this national initiative

The ATWD Teacher Survey is the teachers’ voice in the ATWD. By completing the annual Teacher Survey, your experiences will be included in the national picture we are building of the teaching profession. The Teacher Survey will add to the data in the ATWD and provide greater insights into the career pathways and work experiences of teachers across Australia. This includes: 

  • teaching loads
  • how often do teachers teach out-of-field and how are they supported to do this
  • how many graduating teachers receive an induction
  • understanding the development of early career teachers
  • the prevalence of contract employment 
  • the retention rate of teachers in the first five years
  • how long teachers stay in the profession.

If you're a registered teacher, you’ll be receiving a personal link to your Teacher Survey by your teacher regulatory authority. Dates and more details about this are below. Your participation is voluntary, however your voice is very important. The more teachers we hear from, the more complete the overall national picture will be. The survey takes no longer than 10 minutes to complete. 

If you’re a school leader or early childhood service leader, we’d love if you could encourage teachers at your school or early childhood service to participate. 

De-identified data from the ATWD Teacher Survey will be added to registration data and initial teacher education data to provide a comprehensive picture of the Australian teaching workforce.

When you can complete the ATWD Teacher Survey

The ATWD Teacher Survey is rolled out every year between September and April. Teacher regulatory authorities are providing links to the ATWD Teacher Survey to all their registered teachers either at re-registration or by email. Watch out for your 2019 invitation from your regulatory authority.

Queensland Complete: Survey closed on 12 Sep 2019
Victoria Complete: Survey closed on 6 Dec 2019

Northern Territory

Link to the ATWD Teacher Survey being emailed by TRB NT on 24 Feb
South AustraliaLink to the ATWD Teacher Survey being emailed by TRB SA on 24 Feb
New South WalesIn progress: link to the ATWD Teacher Survey emailed by NESA on 17 Feb

Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania

Survey opens in 2020: details to come. 
Western Australia We anticipate that teachers in Western Australia will participate in the ATWD from mid to late 2020.
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What if I can't find my survey link / email? 

Important: If you’re unable to find your survey link, please contact the AITSL ATWD team at [email protected]. Please note, links to surveys are unique and can only be used once.

Your privacy is protected

The ATWD complies with all Commonwealth, state and territory privacy legislation. No personal information is included in the ATWD and individual teachers cannot be identified. All data, including the Teacher Survey data, will be de-identified by the AIHW before being incorporated into the ATWD. Find out more about data security & privacy.

Want to learn more? 

The ATWD Teacher Survey is just one part of the ATWD. Find out more about how the ATWD works and the benefits it will provide.