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The following report provides  comprehensive data analysis and workforce profile of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers employed in Australian schools in 2012.

The report is an unprecedented benchmark study to inform future workforce planning, and to implement effective and lasting employment strategies – for schools, Australian governments, education workforce planners, university schools of education, professional associations, career advisers and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teacher Workforce Analysis » PDF, 4mB

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Summary of findings for Indigenous teacher workforce, 2012 snapshot

  • The estimate of the total numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers in all sectors was 3,700
  • The median age of Aboriginal and Torres Islander teachers was two years less than for all teachers (43 compared to 45 years of age).
  • Within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers cohort 77% were female, compared to the national average of 72%.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers were more likely to be teaching in low SES schools than other teachers.
  • The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander principals to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers was very similar to the total school workforce (78, 3.8% versus 3.9%)
  • Most of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers worked in major cities, with a higher proportion found in very remote locations.
  • The median number of years with current employer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers is 11 years, compared to 13 years for the total teacher workforce.
  • The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers working in primary schools is similar to the total teaching workforce (55% and 54%)
  • More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers reported completion of a Bachelor degree (60%) than the total teaching working (54%).
  • Over the last 5 years, 50-60% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education graduates have been employed in teaching positions in schools.
  • Collection of data on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status is inconsistent across jurisdictional employers and regulators.

 

We contend that the learning needs of a culturally diverse student population will be better served by a more diverse teaching workforce.

I commend this report as an unprecedented benchmark study to inform future workforce planning, and to implement effective and lasting employment strategies – for schools, Australian governments, education workforce planners, university schools of education, professional associations, career advisers and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Professor Peter Buckskin, Director, MATSITI

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A major series of National teacher workforce and teacher education reports were released by the  Department of Education released on 19 October, including:

  • National Teacher Workforce Dataset (NTWD)
  • Staff in Australa’s Schools (SiAS)
  • OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey
  • Longitudinal Teacher Education and Workforce Study
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