MATSITI have recently engaged Ernst and Young (EY) to undertake a data analysis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers employed in Australian schools in 2015.
This work will enable comparisons to be undertaken between the 2012 data and understand how the number and profile of these teachers has changed between 2012 to 2015.
A fundamental principle of the MATSITI initiative is to establish a robust evidence base of current research, to underpin collaborative action by education providers and communities seeking to improve employment outcomes for Indigenous teachers.
It is anticipated that the analysis of the National Teacher Workforce Dataset and the cohort of Indigenous teachers within it will be seen as an enduring legacy of the MATSITI initiative. This project provides education policymakers with deep insights, and an authoritative benchmark to measure the effectivess of future workforce reforms.
The initial analysis was of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers employed in Australian schools in 2012, and drew heavily on data collected by the National Teaching Workforce Dataset (NTWD) Working Group. This dataset underpins the landmark Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teacher Workforce Analysis report, which was published in September 2014.
Ernst and Young have recently concluded preparation of a data management framework to support the 2015 collection. Working with MATSITI, the framework outlines the key data elements to capture and some of the important considerations when undertaking the collection. This work concluded in May 2015.
More information about the 2015 collection is available at http://matsiti.edu.au/2015-workforce-data/