Research Developments


A major survey of the teaching and leadership workforce in Australia’s schools has provided a detailed demographic picture of the Australian teaching workforce and also highlighted a range of specific issues for future workforce planning. Phillip McKenzie describes the study and its results. The Staff in Australia’s Schools survey was conducted by ACER with the assistance of the Australian College of Educators (ACE) between October 2006 and April 2007. Around 20 000 teachers and school leaders were randomly selected and invited to participate in the study. The survey included primary teachers, secondary teachers, primary leaders and secondary leaders from Government, Catholic and Independent schools from all states and territories. Leaders were defined as Principals, Deputy/ Vice Principals and their equivalents in the different school systems. Final survey responses were received from 5209 primary teachers, 5394 secondary teachers, 1116 primary leaders and 1393 secondary leaders.