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This report provides an overview of the results obtained from the Staff in Australia’s Schools (SiAS) 2013 survey commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education and conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). The work was supported by an Advisory Committee of government and non-government school authorities and other stakeholder groups. The survey was intended to provide a detailed picture of the Australian teacher workforce, and to gather information to assist in future planning of the workforce. It was also designed to provide comparative and updated data following on from the previous SiAS surveys conducted in 2006-07 and 2010. The survey was open to the sampled schools and teachers from May to August 2013. This third cycle of SiAS included a number of new and revised questions to reflect emerging teacher workforce issues and the introduction of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) by AISTL in 2011.The survey was structured around four populations: Primary Teachers; Secondary Teachers; Primary Leaders; and Secondary Leaders. ‘Leaders’ were defined as Principals, Deputy/Vice Principals, and their equivalents in the different school systems. It was a two-stage sample design: schools were sampled first, and then all eligible teachers in the schools that agree to take part were invited to complete the survey. The design meant that all eligible teachers in Australia had an approximately equal probability of selection.