Australian Teacher Workforce Data

After families, teachers are the number one influence on the learning lives of our children.

If we understand the challenges and opportunities teachers face, we can ensure that the profession is well supported, and schools are well resourced to deliver quality learning for every student.

As a nation, we don’t currently have a clear picture of the teaching workforce. For example: How many teachers do we have? What are they qualified to teach? What are the most effective pathways to leadership roles for teachers?

Australian Teacher Workforce Data initiative

The ATWD is a joint initiative between, and is funded by, all state, territory and Commonwealth governments. It is being implemented by AITSL in partnership with the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, the states and territories, teacher regulatory authorities and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The Australian Teacher Workforce Data (ATWD) project is an exciting initiative that is building a comprehensive picture of the national teaching workforce, across all systems and sectors, from initial teacher education through to end of teaching career.  To properly understand the teaching workforce, the ATWD needs to hear from teachers. Importantly, the teacher voice is included in the ATWD through the annual ATWD Teacher Survey. This provides an opportunity for teachers to help the ATWD understand their work experiences and how opportunities and challenges facing the profession might be addressed.

The ATWD Teacher Survey - now closed - 27 November 2020

The ATWD Teacher Survey is a voluntary 10 minute survey, to gain real insight into the modern teaching experience, including contemporary challenges and other important characteristics of the workforce. For example:

  • How many hours are spent on teaching, preparing to teach and non-teaching activities?
  • What are the trends in relation to out-of-field teaching and teaching loads?

Find out more about The ATWD and The ATWD Teacher Survey

Teachers and principals were able to participate in the ATWD Teacher Survey through a link in their TRBWA Teacher Login. The TRBWA encouraged teachers to participate in the ATWD Teacher Survey, and registered teachers could participate by accessing the survey via Teacher Login. Teachers needed to use their email address registered with the TRBWA and the password associated with that email.

Once in Teacher Login, the survey was available under ‘ATWD Teacher Survey’ tab until 27 November 2020.

All registered teachers and principals received an email from the TRBWA inviting them to participate in the ATWD Teacher Survey from 13 October 2020. The TRBWA encouraged participation in this survey before it closed on 27 November 2020.

Privacy is protected

The ATWD complies with all Commonwealth, State and Territory privacy legislation. No personal information is included in the ATWD and individual teachers cannot be identified.

Find out about the safeguards in place to protect privacy and how your information will be handled at

Further information is available on the AITSL website at

If you would like to opt out of any future communications about the ATWD Teacher Survey from the TRBWA, please email

If you have any queries about this survey, please contact ATWD via email at