Teacher workforce and careers

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Teacher workload, Primary school teachers, Principal role, Surveys, Teacher aides, Teacher stress, Secondary school teachers, Principals, Tasmania


This study was commissioned by the Australian Education Union – Tasmanian Branch. ACER gratefully acknowledges the assistance and support of the Union in conducting the study, particularly the contributions of Harriet Binet.


The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) conducted an online survey of members on behalf of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Education Union (AEU). The survey, which was open to teachers, school leaders (principals and assistant principals) and education support staff working in Tasmanian government schools and offices, was available to the majority of members of the Union in August 2017, and remained open for four weeks during Term 3. The survey was based on one conducted for the Victorian branch of the AEU in 2016. The survey of the work of union members in Tasmanian government schools focussed on the hours of work by school staff, staff perceptions of their work, and the relationship between work practices and the quality of teaching. More than 3000 teachers, school leaders and education support staff completed the survey, a response rate of 60%.

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Melbourne, Australia


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