Australian Teacher Workforce Data

How the ATWD works

How does it work?

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

Where is the data coming from

The ATWD will unite and link data annually from the following sources:

  • Registration data from state and territory teacher regulatory authorities
  • Initial teacher education data from the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment
  • ATWD Teacher Survey.

What happens with the data

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) receives the data from each of the sources, links it using common identifiers and removes all personal information. The linked and de-identified data is then transferred into the ATWD. Individual teacher data will not be identifiable in the ATWD. Personal information will not be included under any circumstances.

Aggregate data from the ATWD will be analysed to determine trends in teacher education, the teacher workforce and teacher supply, to inform national policy on how to better support the profession. Use of data in the ATWD is governed by the ATWD Oversight Board and the AIHW Ethics Committee in compliance with strict ATWD Data Access and Reporting Protocols.

What’s included in the data

Registration data

Teacher regulatory authorities (TRAs) are the state and territory bodies responsible for teacher registration in Australia. They are key partners in the ATWD, providing important workforce registration information that covers all teachers across all sectors, states and territories. The data they provide will deliver valuable insights into the national teacher workforce.

All teacher registration data will be de-identified by the AIHW before being incorporated into the ATWD.

Initial teacher education data

Students enrolled in initial teacher education contribute data to the Australian Government’s Higher Education Student Data Collection (HESDC). They also receive an invitation from the Australian Government to complete the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) survey. Both of these collections are included in the ATWD to provide insight into the outcomes and experience of initial teacher education.

All HESDC and QILT data will be de-identified by the AIHW before being incorporated into the ATWD.

ATWD Teacher Survey

The ATWD Teacher Survey is the teacher voice in the ATWD. It will give greater depth to our understanding of some of the more practical elements of teaching and provide greater insight on the challenges they present.

All data will be de-identified by the AIHW before being incorporated into the ATWD.

The ATWD model at a glance

ATWD data sources