Parents and aspiring teachers now have fresh insight into Australia’s teaching students and their favourable job prospects with today’s release by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) of the Initial teacher education: Data report 2018.

The national report brings together a range of data from 2007 to 2016 about teaching students, teaching programs, and those who successfully graduate as teachers. AITSL CEO Lisa Rodgers released the report today.

“The 2018 ITE Data Report shows a steady rise over the past decade in the number of teachers who hold a post-graduate qualification, suggesting today’s teachers are more qualified than in years gone by,” Ms Rodgers said.

“It also shows that job prospects for graduate teachers remain very good, with seven in ten graduates finding fulltime work as a teacher within four months of graduation.

“These trends are positive, however the report also highlights that gaps remain in our knowledge related to the exact selection process used by program providers for admission into a program. While this issue is not unique to the teacher education sector, the Australian Government is working with universities to fill in these gaps with improved data on their selection processes for student admissions. “This report’s data on the teacher education sector is vital in giving parents and the public greater confidence that all our teachers, no matter where they studied or where they will teach, are classroom ready from day one.”

The report revealed that over the five years to 2016, there has been an average and steady intake of about 30,000 Australians each year who start a teaching program, and about 18,000 who complete a program. It showed that completion rates are similar to the average completion rates of all other tertiary programs.

Information within the report can provide greater clarity about the teaching supply pipeline and the future teaching workforce. It can help teacher education providers in Australian universities to better predict the demand for their programs, and some of the demographics and study patterns related to their incoming students.

The data revealed also supports the emerging evidence being obtained through the Australian Teacher Workforce Data (ATWD) project currently underway, to build a clearer picture of the national teaching workforce and its needs, to assist workforce planners.

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) prepared this year’s report, which is the sixth annual Initial Teacher Education Data Report. Its release aligns with the Australian Government’s commitment to make publicly available national data on the ITE sector and the teacher workforce, in order to drive improvements across the teaching profession that will help all students in all schools.

In the years ahead, the annual reports will become even more useful to ITE program providers and policy makers because the evidence and trends that emerge will continue to grow. The 48 Australian universities and teaching colleges that deliver accredited ITE programs, provided data for this report. Go to https://www.aitsl.edu.au/research/ite-data-report-2018 to learn more about the state of ITE in Australia from 2007 to 2016.