Ernst & Young logoMATSITI 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.

Cover of Workforce Analysis Report
The 2014 report, which is based on analysis of 2012 data.

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




2 thoughts on “MATSITI continues to seek evidence for workforce reforms

  1. My name is Heather Burton I am a non-Indigenous woman doing a realist synthesis, type of literature review, on decolonising education. I am looking for any written evidence (reports, conference papers, published articles, correspondence, anything that is publicly accessible or which the authors are happy to share) of success stories in schools, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are benefiting from Indigenous led/inspired changes to pedagogy, curriculum, school culture, community engagement etc. In other words, the sorts of changes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been asking for over the years. My starting point is how we address the Closing the Gap target to increase year 12 or equivalent completion rates to close the gap by 2020 so I am especially interested in high school initiatives. If anyone has references, or material you would like to see included in this study please forward it to me at

    • Hi Heather, thanks for your comment. The MATSITI project finished in June this year (2016), so if anyone has any information for Heather could they please send it direct to Good luck with your report.
      MATSITI Project Team

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