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DEEWR Longitudinal Teacher Education Workforce Study

Project team

Professor Diane Mayer (Project Leader/principal researcher)
Professor Brenton Doecke
Associate Professor Alex Kostogriz
Associate Professor Julianne Moss
Associate Professor Bernadette Walker-Gibbs
Dr Jodie Kline
Dr Sue North
Dr Pauline Ho (Research fellow and project manager)
Ms Phillipa Hodder (Research assistant)

About the Project

Project summary

The Longitudinal Teacher Education Workforce Study was funded by the former Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) under the Teacher Quality National Partnership.

This study provided a research framework to track teacher education graduates and capture workforce data. The framework derived from an existing longitudinal study (an ARC Linkage Project), involving surveys of 2010 teacher education graduates and principals in Victoria and Queensland. This was replicated with appropriate modifications and implemented in the other states and territories in 2011 in order to capture 2011 graduates. The LTEWS study tracked 2011 teacher education graduates in Australia through a series of surveys over a two-year period, collecting data on the impact of pre-service and in-service education and experiences on teacher quality, supply and distribution. It generated data relating to teacher shortages, career trajectories and aspirations, and the impact of significant social and economic events on teacher labour markets. The analyses of the data is likely to inform national teacher reforms being developed and implemented under the National Partnerships program.

There were two main components of this nation-wide longitudinal study:

  • Career progression from teacher education into and exiting from teaching employment.
  • Views over time on the relevance and effectiveness of teacher education for teaching employment.

Research Approval

Approval to conduct research in schools was provided by all relevant stakeholders.

(Deakin University (Human Ethics Advisory Group)

NSW Department of Education and Communities
South Australian Department of Education and Child Development
Western Australia Department of Education
Tasmanian Department of Education
Northern Territory Department of Education
ACT Department of Education

Archdiocese of Adelaide South Australia Catholic Education Centre
Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Catholic Education Office
Archdiocese of Hobart Tasmanian Catholic Education Office
Archdiocese of Sydney Catholic Education Office
Archdiocese of Perth Catholic Education Office of Western Australia
Diocese of Armidale Catholic Schools Office
Diocese of Bathurst Catholic Education Office
Diocese of Broken Bay Catholic Schools Office
Diocese of Darwin Northern Territory Catholic Education
Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools Office
Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Schools Office
Diocese of Parramatta Catholic Education
Diocese of Wagga Wagga Catholic Schools Office
Diocese of Wilcannia -Forbes Catholic Education

Final Report

Expected to be published in 2014 and available via a weblink (date tbc).


Further information please contact:
Anne Savige
Manager, CREFI - Partnerships and Engagement
Email: or 9244-6384
Research Assistant: Phillipa Hodder
Email: or call (03) 5227 1488

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27th February 2015