The strengths of the initial teacher preparation system are the development, implementation and commitment to a national agenda on teacher reform – and strong co-construction of all frameworks and guidelines, led by a national body that is respected and is implementing reform. The challenges are demand-driven funding in higher education, which provides few incentives for institutions to recruit quality candidates; weak feedback loops between schools and teacher education institutions; and undeveloped induction models. But many reforms, notably the accreditation of ITE programmes and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and innovative policies and practices in different States and Territories, offer great opportunities for long-term system-wide improvement.

Who's who in ITP in Australia?

From 22-26 May 2017, the OECD Review team spoke to more than 200 different stakeholders in federal and state governments and government agencies, including regulators, teacher education institutions, schools, associations and teacher unions in Australia’s 8 states and territories.

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National ministry of education

National ministry of education

Department of Education and Training

The Department of Education and Training is responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians access quality and affordable early child care and childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.

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Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

Established in 2010 and funded by the Australian government, the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) provides national leadership for the Australian, and State and Territory Governments in promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership. Funded by the Australian Government, AITSL is responsible for leading the national reform agenda in initial teacher preparation and in school leadership.

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Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s independent national regulator of the higher education sector. TEQSA Commissioners are appointed by the Commonwealth Minister for Education on the basis of their expertise in areas relevant to the functions of the Agency, in particular, higher education quality assurance and regulatory practice.

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Established in 2010 and funded by the Australian government, the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) provides national leadership for the Australian, and State and Territory Governments in promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership. Funded by the Australian Government, AITSL is responsible for leading the national reform agenda in initial teacher preparation and in school leadership.

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The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s independent national regulator of the higher education sector. TEQSA Commissioners are appointed by the Commonwealth Minister for Education on the basis of their expertise in areas relevant to the functions of the Agency, in particular, higher education quality assurance and regulatory practice.

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Sub-national authorities

Sub-national authorities

State and Territory departments of education

Each Australian State and Territory Government oversees its own schooling system, with small variations between each system.  Every State and Territory department of education has a deep interest in the quality of teacher education providers. State and territory governments are also responsible for legislating standards for teaching, which they do through separate regulatory authorities.

Non-government education authorities

Independent and Catholic education systems also have state and territory level associations to oversee the delivery of schooling in each jurisdiction, including the employment of teachers.

Department of Education and Training Victoria

The Department of Education and Training Victoria implements Victorian Government policy on early childhood services, school education and training and higher education services. The Department manages Victorian government schools and drives improvement in primary and secondary government education.

Area: 237 629 km2

Population: 5.791 million (2013)

Students: 531 928 in primary (2017) and 403 840 in secondary education (2017)

Schools: 2 239 primary, secondary and special schools (2017)

Teachers: 21 530 in primary education; 15 583 in secondary education; and 6 905 in special education (FTE, 2017)

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Victorian Institute of Teaching

The Victorian Institute of Teaching registers teachers working in all schools in the state of Victoria. The Institute is governed by a 20-member Council, the majority of whom are practising teachers from Government, Catholic and Independent schools.

No. of registered teachers: 129 116 (2016-17)

No. of new teachers registered (Graduate status): 7 037 (2016-17)

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New South Wales Department of Education

The New South Wales Department of Education is responsible for the delivery and co-ordination of early childhood, primary school, secondary school, adult, migrant and higher education in the state of New South Wales.

Area: 809 444 km2

Population: 7.544 million (2014)

Students: 477 098 in primary (2016) and 302 159 in secondary education (2016)

Schools: 2 210 primary, secondary and other schools (2016)

Teachers: 43 254 in primary education; 42 310 in secondary education (FTE, 2016)

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NSW Education Standards Authority

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) sets and monitors quality teaching, learning, assessment and standards in schools across the state, including public, Catholic and independent schools.

No. of registered teachers: 33 286 (2016-17)

No. of new teachers registered (Graduate status): 7 410 (2016-17)

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South Australia Department for Education and Child Development

The Department for Education and Child Development is responsible for overseeing early childhood care and services for South Australian families, regulating services that benefit children and families, and lead and manage South Australia’s education system.

Area: 984 377 km2

Population: 1.677 million (2013)

Students: 110 977 in primary (2017) and 62 560 in secondary education (2017)

Schools: 514 primary, secondary, special and Aboriginal schools (2017)

Teachers: 10 992 in primary education; 8 272 in secondary education (2017)

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Association of Independent Schools of South Australia

Established in 1975, the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA) leads, supports, represents and advocates for the 14 schools in the independent sector (i.e. non-Catholic, non-Government schools) in South Australia.

Schools: 14 primary and secondary schools (2017)

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Catholic Education South Australia

Catholic Education South Australia through its schools, colleges and centres, implements decisions and policies of the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS). The SACCS has oversight of education in all Catholic schools and sets directions, allocates resources and develops policies for Catholic schools in South Australia. The Commission and its four Standing Committees are supported by a number of permanent committees and working parties.

Students: 27 433 in primary (2016) and 19 299 in secondary education (2016)

Schools: 103 primary, secondary and vocational schools (2017)

Teachers: 6 000 in primary, secondary and vocational education (FTE, 2017)

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Teachers Registration Board of South Australia

The Teachers Registration Board regulates the teaching profession in South Australia. The Board is constituted of 16 members, including teachers, who are nominated by the Minister for Education, Department for Education and Child Development, Australian Education Union, Association of Independent Schools, Catholic Education Office, the Independent Education Union, the Universities of the State.

No. of registered teachers: 37 151 (2016)

No. of new teachers registered (Graduate status): 1 209 (2016)

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Australian Capital Territory Education Directorate

The Education Directorate delivers high quality education services through government schools, registers non-government schools and administers vocational education and training in the Australian Capital Territory.

Area: 2 358 km2

Population: 412 600 (2017)

Students: 38,844 in primary (2017) and 30,372 in secondary education (2017) (ABS Schools, Australia 2017)

Schools: 150 primary, secondary and special schools (2017)

Teachers: 7 750 in primary and secondary education (FTE, 2017)

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ACT Quality Teaching Institute

The ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) is an independent statutory authority established by the ACT Teacher Quality Institute Act 2010 to provide professional regulatory services, quality assurance of initial teacher education and professional learning, and advice and training on standards and certification, accreditation of programs and teacher registration.

No. of registered teachers: 7 750 in primary and secondary education (2016)

No. of new teachers registered (Graduate status): 768 in primary and secondary education (2016)

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Queensland Department of Education and Training

Area: 1.853 million km2

Population: 4.691 million (2013)

Students: 333 818 in primary (2017) and 207 353 in secondary education (2017)

Schools: 1 725 primary and secondary schools (2015)

Teachers: 29 747 in primary education and 26 544 in secondary education (FTE, 2015)

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Queensland College of Teachers

The Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) is the regulatory body for the teaching profession in Queensland, which develops, maintains and applies professional standards, codes of practice and policies to underpin initial entry to and continuing membership of the profession.

No. of registered teachers: 104 180 (2015)

No. of new teachers registered (Graduate status): 6 721 (2015, http://www.qct.edu.au/pdf/QLDTeachersReport2016.pdf)

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Queensland Catholic Education Commission

The Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) is a 16-member body which exercises state-wide responsibilities in respect of schools that are administered by five autonomous Catholic education authorities each in a diocese (region) headed by a Catholic bishop.

Students: 144 000 in primary and secondary education (2015)

Schools: 302 primary and secondary schools (2015)

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Department of Education, Northern Territory

The Department of Education provides education to young Territorians from the early years to adulthood. It provides a regulatory function over the operation of early childhood services and non-government schools; supports Northern Territory (NT) institutions to deliver tertiary education; and runs Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS). The Department also delivers education services to about 40 Homeland Learning Centres, which are small remote sites delivering education services to small groups of students who are unable to attend the central school in their area.

Area: 1.421 million km2

Population: 246 100 (2017)

Students: in primary (2017) and in secondary education (2017)

Schools: 188 primary and secondary schools, 83 of which have nearly 100 per cent Indigenous enrolment. (2017)

Teachers: in primary education; in secondary education; and in special education (FTE, 2017)

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Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory

The Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory is an independent body charged with registering teachers, or granting authorisation to an employer to employ an unregistered person as a teacher; liaising with providers of teacher education; and professional development in the Northern Territory.

No. of registered teachers: 152 (2017)

No. of new teachers registered (Graduate status): 181 (2017)

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Tasmania Department of Education

The Department of Education is a government department within the Government of Tasmania with responsibility for primary and secondary education, library and information services, vocational education and training services, children’s services, assessment and certification services and youth affairs. The State is divided into two regions: northern and southern.

Area: 68 401 km2

Population: 515 000 (2014)

Students: 33 565 in primary (2017), 15 436 in secondary education and 873 in “combined schools” (2017)

Schools: 196 primary and secondary schools (2017)

Teachers: 2 238 in primary education; 1 505 in secondary education (FTE, 2017)

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Teacher Registration Board of Tasmania

The Teacher Registration Board of Tasmania (TRBT) is an independent statutory authority established under the Teachers Registration Act 2000. Its main function is to register teachers working in Tasmanian Government, Catholic and Independent schools.

No. of registered teachers: 11 353 (2017)

No. of new teachers registered (Graduate status): 3 380 (2017)

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Western Australia Department of Education

The WA Department of Education is responsible for both public schools and non-government education services in the state of Western Australia.

Area: 2.646 million km2

Population: 2.589 million (2013)

Students: in primary (2017) and in secondary education (2017)

Schools: 1 088 primary, secondary and special schools (2017)

Teachers: 47 433 in primary and secondary education (FTE, 2017)

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Teacher Registration Board of WA

The Teacher Registration Board of WA (TRBWA) is a 5-member body responsible for the registration of teachers in Western Australia and registers all teachers, from early childhood to Year 12, who teach in a Western Australian educational venue. The TRBWA is also responsible for the accreditation of initial teacher education programmes in WA.

No. of registered teachers: 52 764 (2017)

No. of new teachers registered (Graduate status): 5 710 (2017)

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The Department of Education and Training Victoria implements Victorian Government policy on early childhood services, school education and training and higher education services. The Department manages Victorian government schools and drives improvement in primary and secondary government education.

Area: 237 629 km2

Population: 5.791 million (2013)

Students: 531 928 in primary (2017) and 403 840 in secondary education (2017)

Schools: 2 239 primary, secondary and special schools (2017)

Teachers: 21 530 in primary education; 15 583 in secondary education; and 6 905 in special education (FTE, 2017)

Learn more

The Victorian Institute of Teaching registers teachers working in all schools in the state of Victoria. The Institute is governed by a 20-member Council, the majority of whom are practising teachers from Government, Catholic and Independent schools.

No. of registered teachers: 129 116 (2016-17)

No. of new teachers registered (Graduate status): 7 037 (2016-17)

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The New South Wales Department of Education is responsible for the delivery and co-ordination of early childhood, primary school, secondary school, adult, migrant and higher education in the state of New South Wales.

Area: 809 444 km2

Population: 7.544 million (2014)

Students: 477 098 in primary (2016) and 302 159 in secondary education (2016)

Schools: 2 210 primary, secondary and other schools (2016)

Teachers: 43 254 in primary education; 42 310 in secondary education (FTE, 2016)

Learn more

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) sets and monitors quality teaching, learning, assessment and standards in schools across the state, including public, Catholic and independent schools.

No. of registered teachers: 33 286 (2016-17)

No. of new teachers registered (Graduate status): 7 410 (2016-17)

Learn more

The Department for Education and Child Development is responsible for overseeing early childhood care and services for South Australian families, regulating services that benefit children and families, and lead and manage South Australia’s education system.

Area: 984 377 km2

Population: 1.677 million (2013)

Students: 110 977 in primary (2017) and 62 560 in secondary education (2017)

Schools: 514 primary, secondary, special and Aboriginal schools (2017)

Teachers: 10 992 in primary education; 8 272 in secondary education (2017)

Learn more

Established in 1975, the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA) leads, supports, represents and advocates for the 14 schools in the independent sector (i.e. non-Catholic, non-Government schools) in South Australia.

Schools: 14 primary and secondary schools (2017)

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Catholic Education South Australia through its schools, colleges and centres, implements decisions and policies of the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS). The SACCS has oversight of education in all Catholic schools and sets directions, allocates resources and develops policies for Catholic schools in South Australia. The Commission and its four Standing Committees are supported by a number of permanent committees and working parties.

Students: 27 433 in primary (2016) and 19 299 in secondary education (2016)

Schools: 103 primary, secondary and vocational schools (2017)

Teachers: 6 000 in primary, secondary and vocational education (FTE, 2017)

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The Teachers Registration Board regulates the teaching profession in South Australia. The Board is constituted of 16 members, including teachers, who are nominated by the Minister for Education, Department for Education and Child Development, Australian Education Union, Association of Independent Schools, Catholic Education Office, the Independent Education Union, the Universities of the State.

No. of registered teachers: 37 151 (2016)

No. of new teachers registered (Graduate status): 1 209 (2016)

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The Education Directorate delivers high quality education services through government schools, registers non-government schools and administers vocational education and training in the Australian Capital Territory.

Area: 2 358 km2

Population: 412 600 (2017)

Students: 38,844 in primary (2017) and 30,372 in secondary education (2017) (ABS Schools, Australia 2017)

Schools: 150 primary, secondary and special schools (2017)

Teachers: 7 750 in primary and secondary education (FTE, 2017)

Learn more

The ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) is an independent statutory authority established by the ACT Teacher Quality Institute Act 2010 to provide professional regulatory services, quality assurance of initial teacher education and professional learning, and advice and training on standards and certification, accreditation of programs and teacher registration.

No. of registered teachers: 7 750 in primary and secondary education (2016)

No. of new teachers registered (Graduate status): 768 in primary and secondary education (2016)

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Area: 1.853 million km2

Population: 4.691 million (2013)

Students: 333 818 in primary (2017) and 207 353 in secondary education (2017)

Schools: 1 725 primary and secondary schools (2015)

Teachers: 29 747 in primary education and 26 544 in secondary education (FTE, 2015)

Learn more

The Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) is the regulatory body for the teaching profession in Queensland, which develops, maintains and applies professional standards, codes of practice and policies to underpin initial entry to and continuing membership of the profession.

No. of registered teachers: 104 180 (2015)

No. of new teachers registered (Graduate status): 6 721 (2015, http://www.qct.edu.au/pdf/QLDTeachersReport2016.pdf)

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The Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) is a 16-member body which exercises state-wide responsibilities in respect of schools that are administered by five autonomous Catholic education authorities each in a diocese (region) headed by a Catholic bishop.

Students: 144 000 in primary and secondary education (2015)

Schools: 302 primary and secondary schools (2015)

Learn more

The Department of Education provides education to young Territorians from the early years to adulthood. It provides a regulatory function over the operation of early childhood services and non-government schools; supports Northern Territory (NT) institutions to deliver tertiary education; and runs Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS). The Department also delivers education services to about 40 Homeland Learning Centres, which are small remote sites delivering education services to small groups of students who are unable to attend the central school in their area.

Area: 1.421 million km2

Population: 246 100 (2017)

Students: in primary (2017) and in secondary education (2017)

Schools: 188 primary and secondary schools, 83 of which have nearly 100 per cent Indigenous enrolment. (2017)

Teachers: in primary education; in secondary education; and in special education (FTE, 2017)

Learn more

The Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory is an independent body charged with registering teachers, or granting authorisation to an employer to employ an unregistered person as a teacher; liaising with providers of teacher education; and professional development in the Northern Territory.

No. of registered teachers: 152 (2017)

No. of new teachers registered (Graduate status): 181 (2017)

Learn more

The Department of Education is a government department within the Government of Tasmania with responsibility for primary and secondary education, library and information services, vocational education and training services, children’s services, assessment and certification services and youth affairs. The State is divided into two regions: northern and southern.

Area: 68 401 km2

Population: 515 000 (2014)

Students: 33 565 in primary (2017), 15 436 in secondary education and 873 in “combined schools” (2017)

Schools: 196 primary and secondary schools (2017)

Teachers: 2 238 in primary education; 1 505 in secondary education (FTE, 2017)

Learn more

The Teacher Registration Board of Tasmania (TRBT) is an independent statutory authority established under the Teachers Registration Act 2000. Its main function is to register teachers working in Tasmanian Government, Catholic and Independent schools.

No. of registered teachers: 11 353 (2017)

No. of new teachers registered (Graduate status): 3 380 (2017)

Learn more

The WA Department of Education is responsible for both public schools and non-government education services in the state of Western Australia.

Area: 2.646 million km2

Population: 2.589 million (2013)

Students: in primary (2017) and in secondary education (2017)

Schools: 1 088 primary, secondary and special schools (2017)

Teachers: 47 433 in primary and secondary education (FTE, 2017)

Learn more

The Teacher Registration Board of WA (TRBWA) is a 5-member body responsible for the registration of teachers in Western Australia and registers all teachers, from early childhood to Year 12, who teach in a Western Australian educational venue. The TRBWA is also responsible for the accreditation of initial teacher education programmes in WA.

No. of registered teachers: 52 764 (2017)

No. of new teachers registered (Graduate status): 5 710 (2017)

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Teacher education institutions

Teacher education institutions

Initial teacher education programmes

Initial teacher education programmes in Australia are largely based in universities, though an increasing number of universities offer distance and/or multi-modal study. ITE providers must comply with regulations and standards that apply at two levels: first, as part of a broader quality assurance system that applies to higher education institutions and, second, as part of a nationally consistent accreditation system specific to ITE programmes.

Teacher educators

There are no formal programmes for training teacher educators. Selection of teacher educators is conducted by each ITE provider according to individual staffing needs and selection procedures.

 

Teacher candidates

Most students commencing ITE programmes in 2016 were female (72%) and less than 24 years old (64%). Students in ITE programmes were more likely to come from medium socio-economic backgrounds (74%) and from metropolitan locations (74%). Two per cent of commencing ITP students in 2016 were Indigenous, and two per cent were from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Australian Catholic University

Location: Banyo, Queensland

Criteria for selection: Australian Catholic University is a publicly funded university with 7 campuses across Australia. Banjo campus, known for teacher education since the mid-19th century, was the outcome of an amalgamation of four other universities in 1991. Located near Brisbane CBD, the Banjo Campus has more than 5 200 students, including over 400 international students.

No. of ITE programmes: 20, including 13 undergraduate and 7 post-graduate programmes (2015, all campuses)

No. of ITE students: 2 729, including 586 in early childhood, 962 in primary and 1 181 in secondary teacher education 2015, all campuses)

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Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Education

A collaborative partnership between Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and Charles Darwin University, the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Education (ACIKE) offers students in Darwin and the Northern Territory a range of courses and programmes in Australian Indigenous culture and history, from ancient languages and knowledge systems, to contemporary issues concerning policy, education and health.

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Charles Darwin University

Location: Casuarina, Northern Territory

Criteria for selection: An Australian public university established in 2003, Charles Darwin University offers a wide range of teacher education programmes, including programmes via distance education to students throughout the Northern Territory and surrounding states, such as South Australia.

No. of ITE programmes: 17, including 16 undergraduate and 1 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 541 including 434 external students (of which 247 students are in regional and 78 in remote areas), 86 in early childhood, 176 in primary and 73 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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Curtin University of Technology

Location: Perth, Western Australia

Criteria for selection: The largest university in Western Australia and located on 2 campuses, Curtin University of Technology has 3 research groups: Applied Linguistics, TESOL and Languages Research Group; Multimodal Analysis Group; and STEM Education Research Group.

No. of ITE programmes: 6 undergraduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 356 including 91 in early childhood, 146 in primary and 119 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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Deakin University, Geelong Campus

Location: Geelong, Victoria

Criteria for selection: A public university established in 1974 in the state of Victoria, it has 5 campuses and 4 research institutes. In 2014, the Victorian Government established 12 Teaching Academies of Professional Practice (TAPPs) – three of these are located at Deakin University, including 1 on the Geelong campus. Each of the academies includes a smaller ‘alliance’ of primary and secondary schools.

No. of ITE programmes: 28, including 18 undergraduate and 10 post-graduate programmes (all campuses, 2015)

No. of ITE students: 1463 including 240 in early childhood, 546 in primary and 137 in secondary teacher education (all campuses, 2015)

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Edith Cowan University

Location: Mt Lawley, Joondalup and Bunbury

Criteria for selection: One of the largest providers in Australia, Edith Cowan University is a public university in the state of Western Australia. Founded in 1991 but previously a teaching college, the university has 3 campuses, including a rural campus, all of which offer teacher education.

No. of ITE programmes: 35, including 28 undergraduate and 7 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 1 500 including 289 in early childhood, 728 in primary and 483 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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Flinders University

Location: Bedford Park, South Australia

Criteria for selection: A public university founded in 1966 near Adelaide, the Faculty of Education has a strong partnership with the Australian Science and Maths School, which is located on campus. The Flinders University Site Partnerships STEM conference is held at the school to explore tissues and innovative approaches to advance STEM education.

No. of ITE programmes: 17, including 12 undergraduate and 5 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 810 including 80 in early childhood, 238 in primary and 376 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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Griffith University

Location: Nathan, Queensland

Criteria for selection: Located on the Gold Coast, Griffith University is the largest university in the state of Queensland. The Faculty of Education has partnerships with over 430 schools and has spearheaded STEAM teacher education in the State.

No. of ITE programmes: 14, including 7 undergraduate and 7 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 865 including 327 in primary and 442 in secondary teacher education. 800 students “multi-modal”, i.e. some courses are delivered on-line (2015)

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Murdoch University

Location: Murdoch, Western Australia

Criteria for selection: A public university founded in 1973, Murdoch University provides distance and multi-modal programmes. The School of Education offers a simulated classroom via the SimLab technology for teacher candidates, in addition to an online programme for developing teacher resilience.

No. of ITE programmes: 33, including 30 undergraduate and 3 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 365 including 68 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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University of Canberra

Location: Bruce, Australian Capital Territory

Criteria for selection: The Faculty of Education at the University of Canberra has a STEM Education Research Centre (SERC) and an education technology and innovation facility, the Inspire Centre, “a place to imagine, experiment and design new ways of working and learning digitally” also with a strong STEM focus.

No. of ITE programmes: 28, including 25 undergraduate and 3 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 419 including 240 in primary and 74 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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University of Melbourne

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Criteria for selection: The Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s research-informed, clinical teacher education model is well-reputed. The School offers Masters of Teaching Clinical Teaching and Instructional Leadership.

No. of ITE programmes: 9, including 1 undergraduate and 8 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 767 including 81 in early childhood, 191 in primary and 488 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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University of Notre Dame Australia

Location: Fremantle, Western Australia

Criteria for selection: The University of Notre Dame Australia is an Australian private Catholic university established in 1989 with two main campuses: in Fremantle, Western Australia and Sydney, New South Wales. With expanding enrolments of teacher candidates, the University offers longer supported teacher practicums.

No. of ITE programmes: 28, including 25 undergraduate and 3 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 734 including 143 in early childhood, 197 in primary and 265 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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University of South Australia

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Criteria for selection: A public research university and the largest in the state of South Australia, the university offers a range of programmes, some of which are multi-modal, including 20 days of professional experience as part of an overseas placement for teacher candidates. The Samsung SMART School also provides a collaborative workspace for teacher candidates to engage in critical thinking and creative problem solving around technological proficiency.

No. of ITE programmes: 23, including 10 undergraduate and 13 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 939 including 234 in early childhood, 253 in primary and x in secondary teacher education (2015)

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University of Tasmania

Location: Hobart, Tasmania

Criteria for selection: A public research university in Tasmania, it has strong mathematics and STEM education, with several programmes delivered through distance education.

No. of ITE programmes: 5, including 4 undergraduate and 1 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 521 including 273 external students and 130 multi-modal students, with 328 in primary teacher education (2015)

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University of Western Australia

Location: Crawley, Western Australia

Criteria for selection: A public research university established in 1911, the University of Western Australia’s Graduate School of Education provides many opportunities for graduates to engage in programmes on research and instructional leadership.

No. of ITE programmes: 9, including 3 undergraduate and 6 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 249 including 177 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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Western Sydney University

Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Criteria for selection: A public university established in 1989, Western Sydney University has 6 campuses in the Greater Western region of Sydney.

No. of ITE programmes: 10, including 2 undergraduate and 8 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 840 including 482 in primary and 332 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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Location: Banyo, Queensland

Criteria for selection: Australian Catholic University is a publicly funded university with 7 campuses across Australia. Banjo campus, known for teacher education since the mid-19th century, was the outcome of an amalgamation of four other universities in 1991. Located near Brisbane CBD, the Banjo Campus has more than 5 200 students, including over 400 international students.

No. of ITE programmes: 20, including 13 undergraduate and 7 post-graduate programmes (2015, all campuses)

No. of ITE students: 2 729, including 586 in early childhood, 962 in primary and 1 181 in secondary teacher education 2015, all campuses)

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A collaborative partnership between Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and Charles Darwin University, the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Education (ACIKE) offers students in Darwin and the Northern Territory a range of courses and programmes in Australian Indigenous culture and history, from ancient languages and knowledge systems, to contemporary issues concerning policy, education and health.

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Location: Casuarina, Northern Territory

Criteria for selection: An Australian public university established in 2003, Charles Darwin University offers a wide range of teacher education programmes, including programmes via distance education to students throughout the Northern Territory and surrounding states, such as South Australia.

No. of ITE programmes: 17, including 16 undergraduate and 1 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 541 including 434 external students (of which 247 students are in regional and 78 in remote areas), 86 in early childhood, 176 in primary and 73 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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Location: Perth, Western Australia

Criteria for selection: The largest university in Western Australia and located on 2 campuses, Curtin University of Technology has 3 research groups: Applied Linguistics, TESOL and Languages Research Group; Multimodal Analysis Group; and STEM Education Research Group.

No. of ITE programmes: 6 undergraduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 356 including 91 in early childhood, 146 in primary and 119 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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Location: Geelong, Victoria

Criteria for selection: A public university established in 1974 in the state of Victoria, it has 5 campuses and 4 research institutes. In 2014, the Victorian Government established 12 Teaching Academies of Professional Practice (TAPPs) – three of these are located at Deakin University, including 1 on the Geelong campus. Each of the academies includes a smaller ‘alliance’ of primary and secondary schools.

No. of ITE programmes: 28, including 18 undergraduate and 10 post-graduate programmes (all campuses, 2015)

No. of ITE students: 1463 including 240 in early childhood, 546 in primary and 137 in secondary teacher education (all campuses, 2015)

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Location: Mt Lawley, Joondalup and Bunbury

Criteria for selection: One of the largest providers in Australia, Edith Cowan University is a public university in the state of Western Australia. Founded in 1991 but previously a teaching college, the university has 3 campuses, including a rural campus, all of which offer teacher education.

No. of ITE programmes: 35, including 28 undergraduate and 7 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 1 500 including 289 in early childhood, 728 in primary and 483 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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Location: Bedford Park, South Australia

Criteria for selection: A public university founded in 1966 near Adelaide, the Faculty of Education has a strong partnership with the Australian Science and Maths School, which is located on campus. The Flinders University Site Partnerships STEM conference is held at the school to explore tissues and innovative approaches to advance STEM education.

No. of ITE programmes: 17, including 12 undergraduate and 5 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 810 including 80 in early childhood, 238 in primary and 376 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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Location: Nathan, Queensland

Criteria for selection: Located on the Gold Coast, Griffith University is the largest university in the state of Queensland. The Faculty of Education has partnerships with over 430 schools and has spearheaded STEAM teacher education in the State.

No. of ITE programmes: 14, including 7 undergraduate and 7 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 865 including 327 in primary and 442 in secondary teacher education. 800 students “multi-modal”, i.e. some courses are delivered on-line (2015)

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Location: Murdoch, Western Australia

Criteria for selection: A public university founded in 1973, Murdoch University provides distance and multi-modal programmes. The School of Education offers a simulated classroom via the SimLab technology for teacher candidates, in addition to an online programme for developing teacher resilience.

No. of ITE programmes: 33, including 30 undergraduate and 3 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 365 including 68 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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Location: Bruce, Australian Capital Territory

Criteria for selection: The Faculty of Education at the University of Canberra has a STEM Education Research Centre (SERC) and an education technology and innovation facility, the Inspire Centre, “a place to imagine, experiment and design new ways of working and learning digitally” also with a strong STEM focus.

No. of ITE programmes: 28, including 25 undergraduate and 3 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 419 including 240 in primary and 74 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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Location: Melbourne, Australia

Criteria for selection: The Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s research-informed, clinical teacher education model is well-reputed. The School offers Masters of Teaching Clinical Teaching and Instructional Leadership.

No. of ITE programmes: 9, including 1 undergraduate and 8 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 767 including 81 in early childhood, 191 in primary and 488 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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Location: Fremantle, Western Australia

Criteria for selection: The University of Notre Dame Australia is an Australian private Catholic university established in 1989 with two main campuses: in Fremantle, Western Australia and Sydney, New South Wales. With expanding enrolments of teacher candidates, the University offers longer supported teacher practicums.

No. of ITE programmes: 28, including 25 undergraduate and 3 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 734 including 143 in early childhood, 197 in primary and 265 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Criteria for selection: A public research university and the largest in the state of South Australia, the university offers a range of programmes, some of which are multi-modal, including 20 days of professional experience as part of an overseas placement for teacher candidates. The Samsung SMART School also provides a collaborative workspace for teacher candidates to engage in critical thinking and creative problem solving around technological proficiency.

No. of ITE programmes: 23, including 10 undergraduate and 13 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 939 including 234 in early childhood, 253 in primary and x in secondary teacher education (2015)

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Location: Hobart, Tasmania

Criteria for selection: A public research university in Tasmania, it has strong mathematics and STEM education, with several programmes delivered through distance education.

No. of ITE programmes: 5, including 4 undergraduate and 1 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 521 including 273 external students and 130 multi-modal students, with 328 in primary teacher education (2015)

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Location: Crawley, Western Australia

Criteria for selection: A public research university established in 1911, the University of Western Australia’s Graduate School of Education provides many opportunities for graduates to engage in programmes on research and instructional leadership.

No. of ITE programmes: 9, including 3 undergraduate and 6 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 249 including 177 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Criteria for selection: A public university established in 1989, Western Sydney University has 6 campuses in the Greater Western region of Sydney.

No. of ITE programmes: 10, including 2 undergraduate and 8 post-graduate programmes (2015)

No. of ITE students: 840 including 482 in primary and 332 in secondary teacher education (2015)

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Teacher educators
Teacher candidates
Schools

Schools

Schools

All schools and teachers operate under legal and regulatory requirements established by the states and territories. There are two main education sectors within each State – Government schools and Non-Government schools. Non-Government schools are classified as either Catholic schools or Independent schools. The majority of Australian students are educated in government schools although approximately one-third of Australian students attend non-government schools.

School management

To become a school leader or administrator in Australia, a teacher would typically take a series of courses, sometimes complete a school leader internship or some clinical training, and then pass a school leader licensure assessment or managerial class examination.

Teachers

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST), agreed by all Australian education ministers, establish minimum quality and competency requirements for all teachers. The APST provides descriptors of four career stages for teachers (Graduate, Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead), each stage representing increasing levels of knowledge, practice and professional engagement for teachers and are intended to provide benchmarks to recognise the professional growth of teachers throughout their careers.

New teachers

To achieve provisional registration – and “Graduate” level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers – teachers must have graduated from a recognised and accredited teacher education programme and be deemed suitable to work with children based on an assessment of character and criminal history. In some cases a demonstration of English language proficiency is required.

Experienced teachers

Full registration requires attainment of the “Proficient” level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and the completion of a minimum number of teaching days within a specific period of time, though this may vary across States, sectors and schools.

2nd career teachers

Teacher candidates can be admitted to a regular initial teacher education programme as a Mature Age Student by sitting a Mature Age Entrance examination.

Mentor teachers

Mentors are often “Highly accomplished” or “Lead teachers”, according to the Australian Professional Teaching Standards. Often nominated by school principals, these teachers “are skilled in mentoring teachers and preservice teachers, using activities that develop knowledge, practice and professional engagement in others”. Lead teachers may receive professional learning to support their role and are able to access time-release either to attend training or undertake mentoring activities.

Australian Science and Maths School

Criteria for selection: The school was established as a government specialist senior secondary school in 2003 with the mandate of innovation and partnerships for learning in the areas of STEM. Located on the campus of Flinders University, it is a coeducational public senior high school for Years 10 to 12.

Location: Bedford Park, South Australia

Enrolments: 400 students (2017)

Teaching staff: 40 teachers (FTE, 2017)

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Benowa State High School

Criteria for selection: Founded in 1980, Benowa State High School is an Independent secondary school located on the Gold Coast, Australia. The school houses the Teacher Education Centre of Excellence (TECE) for Preservice Teachers in co-operation with Griffith University, which attracts highly qualified STEM teacher candidates, who are often hired by the school. It is one of six centres of excellence established in Queensland state schools with the intent of improving teacher quality. The school is also part of the Council of International Schools and hosts exchange students from Asia, America, Africa and Europe

Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Enrolments: 2 456 students (capacity)

Teaching staff: 200 teachers (FTE, 2017)

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Bicton Primary School

Criteria for selection: Established in 1904 and a high-performing public primary school to the south of the capital city, Perth, the school has a strong partnership with Notre Dame University Australia and provides student extension support in literacy and numeracy.

Location: Bicton, Western Australia

Enrolments: 386 students (2017)

Teaching staff: 20 teachers (FTE, 2017)

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Bowen Road Primary School

Criteria for selection: Located near the capital city, Hobart, Bowen Road is a public primary school with a programmes targeting issues around transitioning from primary to high school by focusing on teacher professional learning and sharing best practice pedagogy.

Location: Moonah, Tasmania

Enrolments: 299 students (2017)

Teaching staff: 27 teachers (FTE, 2017)

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Cambridge Park High School

Criteria for selection: Located in Western Sydney, this public high school for years 7 to 12 plays a key role in the Penrith Vocational Education Network which links with the Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, the development of the Cambridge Learning Community (Partner Primary Schools) and the Penrith and Lower Blue Mountains Trade Training Centre.

Location: Cambridge Park, New South Wales

Enrolments: 576 students (2017)

Teaching staff: 44 teachers (FTE, 2017)

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Carlton North Primary School

Criteria for selection: Founded in suburban Melbourne in 1873, this public primary school has a partnership with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and their clinical model of initial teacher preparation.

Location: Carlton North, Victoria

Enrolments: 260 students (2017)

Teaching staff: 19 teachers (FTE, 2017)

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Gunbalanya School

Criteria for selection: Gunbalanya School is an independent public school located in the West Arnhem Land in the Kunbarllanjnja community (population 1 500) (or Gunbalanya), approximately 320 km east of Darwin on the eastern border of Kakadu National Park. Due to flood waters, the school is cut off from the mainland from December to May. The school provides strong support for the local community and mentoring and CPD opportunities for new teachers. It also has a new Family and Child Centre.

Location: Gunbalanya, Northern Territory

Enrolments: 256 students (2017)

Teaching staff: 19 teachers (full-time) and 5 assistants (2017)

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Macquarie Primary School

Criteria for selection: A public primary school and strong community school situated near Canberra, in 2011 Macquarie was identified as a Lead School for the implementation of the Australian Curriculum. The school, which hosts a significant number of teacher candidates each year, has strong connections with the University of Canberra.

Location: Macquarie, Australian Capital Territory

Enrolments: 248 students (2017)

Teaching staff: 20 teachers (FTE, 2017)

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Marrara Christian College

Criteria for selection: Located near the capital city, Darwin, Marrara is a regional multi-campus independent school offering boarding programmes to remote indigenous students. Groups of ten students live in the suburbs across Darwin in family group homes. The school also offers school-based apprenticeships in co-operation with the RTO (Registered Training Organisation).

Location: Marrara, Northern Territory

Enrolments: 590 students, including 210 in primary and 380 in secondary (2017)

Teaching staff: 15 full-time and 30 part-time teachers

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Northern Bay P-12 College

Criteria for selection: A multi-campus public school formed after 9 schools merged in 2011, the school is located near Geelong, a regional centre in the state of Victoria. The school has a partnership (ASPIRE) with Deakin University aimed at increasing the aspirations of high achieving year 6 to 10 students. Guidance is provided by Deakin University teacher candidates, who mentor students in years 6 to 10 students, encouraging them to explore their interests and post-compulsory schooling aspirations.

Location: Corio, Victoria

Enrolments: 2 243 students (2017)

Teaching staff: 211 teachers (FTE, 2017)

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Criteria for selection: The school was established as a government specialist senior secondary school in 2003 with the mandate of innovation and partnerships for learning in the areas of STEM. Located on the campus of Flinders University, it is a coeducational public senior high school for Years 10 to 12.

Location: Bedford Park, South Australia

Enrolments: 400 students (2017)

Teaching staff: 40 teachers (FTE, 2017)

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Criteria for selection: Founded in 1980, Benowa State High School is an Independent secondary school located on the Gold Coast, Australia. The school houses the Teacher Education Centre of Excellence (TECE) for Preservice Teachers in co-operation with Griffith University, which attracts highly qualified STEM teacher candidates, who are often hired by the school. It is one of six centres of excellence established in Queensland state schools with the intent of improving teacher quality. The school is also part of the Council of International Schools and hosts exchange students from Asia, America, Africa and Europe

Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Enrolments: 2 456 students (capacity)

Teaching staff: 200 teachers (FTE, 2017)

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Criteria for selection: Established in 1904 and a high-performing public primary school to the south of the capital city, Perth, the school has a strong partnership with Notre Dame University Australia and provides student extension support in literacy and numeracy.

Location: Bicton, Western Australia

Enrolments: 386 students (2017)

Teaching staff: 20 teachers (FTE, 2017)

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Criteria for selection: Located near the capital city, Hobart, Bowen Road is a public primary school with a programmes targeting issues around transitioning from primary to high school by focusing on teacher professional learning and sharing best practice pedagogy.

Location: Moonah, Tasmania

Enrolments: 299 students (2017)

Teaching staff: 27 teachers (FTE, 2017)

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Criteria for selection: Located in Western Sydney, this public high school for years 7 to 12 plays a key role in the Penrith Vocational Education Network which links with the Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, the development of the Cambridge Learning Community (Partner Primary Schools) and the Penrith and Lower Blue Mountains Trade Training Centre.

Location: Cambridge Park, New South Wales

Enrolments: 576 students (2017)

Teaching staff: 44 teachers (FTE, 2017)

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Criteria for selection: Founded in suburban Melbourne in 1873, this public primary school has a partnership with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and their clinical model of initial teacher preparation.

Location: Carlton North, Victoria

Enrolments: 260 students (2017)

Teaching staff: 19 teachers (FTE, 2017)

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Criteria for selection: Gunbalanya School is an independent public school located in the West Arnhem Land in the Kunbarllanjnja community (population 1 500) (or Gunbalanya), approximately 320 km east of Darwin on the eastern border of Kakadu National Park. Due to flood waters, the school is cut off from the mainland from December to May. The school provides strong support for the local community and mentoring and CPD opportunities for new teachers. It also has a new Family and Child Centre.

Location: Gunbalanya, Northern Territory

Enrolments: 256 students (2017)

Teaching staff: 19 teachers (full-time) and 5 assistants (2017)

For more information: web.ntschools.net/w/(No Suggestions)/Pages/home.aspx

Criteria for selection: A public primary school and strong community school situated near Canberra, in 2011 Macquarie was identified as a Lead School for the implementation of the Australian Curriculum. The school, which hosts a significant number of teacher candidates each year, has strong connections with the University of Canberra.

Location: Macquarie, Australian Capital Territory

Enrolments: 248 students (2017)

Teaching staff: 20 teachers (FTE, 2017)

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Criteria for selection: Located near the capital city, Darwin, Marrara is a regional multi-campus independent school offering boarding programmes to remote indigenous students. Groups of ten students live in the suburbs across Darwin in family group homes. The school also offers school-based apprenticeships in co-operation with the RTO (Registered Training Organisation).

Location: Marrara, Northern Territory

Enrolments: 590 students, including 210 in primary and 380 in secondary (2017)

Teaching staff: 15 full-time and 30 part-time teachers

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Criteria for selection: A multi-campus public school formed after 9 schools merged in 2011, the school is located near Geelong, a regional centre in the state of Victoria. The school has a partnership (ASPIRE) with Deakin University aimed at increasing the aspirations of high achieving year 6 to 10 students. Guidance is provided by Deakin University teacher candidates, who mentor students in years 6 to 10 students, encouraging them to explore their interests and post-compulsory schooling aspirations.

Location: Corio, Victoria

Enrolments: 2 243 students (2017)

Teaching staff: 211 teachers (FTE, 2017)

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School management
Teachers
New teachers
Experienced teachers
2nd career teachers
Mentor teachers
National associations

National associations

Due to the decentralisation of Australia’s schooling system and the relatively large non-government sector, a range of associations (peak bodies) have formed to represent the interests of teachers, principals and teacher educators at the national level. While they are not formally part of the schooling system they are able to exert considerable policy influence on behalf of their members.

Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia

The Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) is a national association for principals of independent schools. With responsibility for over 400 000 students in the primary and secondary education sector in Australia, AHISA has six branches across Australia to help principals build excellence in school leadership through expert advice, shared wisdom and formal and informal professional networks and development opportunities.

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Australasian Teacher Regulatory Authorities

The Australasian Teacher Regulatory Authorities (ATRA) is an association established in 2005 by the teacher registration and accreditation authorities across Australia and New Zealand to facilitate co-operation and collaboration across the Australian and New Zealand jurisdictions in the regulation of the teaching profession.

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Australian College of Educators

The Australian College of Educators (ACE) is the national professional association for educators across all sectors and systems, including teacher candidates, recent graduates, researchers, principals and policymakers. Established in 1959, ACE provides a collective voice for all Australian educators, “encouraging and fostering open, collaborative discussion to enable our broad membership to provide the best outcomes for Australian students across all levels of education.”

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Australian Council of Deans of Education

The Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE) informs policies, strategies, conversations and research in higher education, particularly teacher education, in Australia. Established in 1991, it is composed of Faculty Deans and Heads of Schools of Education in 41 public and private universities in Australia’s 8 States and Territories.

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Australian Primary Principals Association

The Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) is the national professional association for primary school principals in Australia. It represents affiliated state and territory Government, Catholic and Independent primary schools across the nation with over 7 000 members.

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Australian Secondary Principals' Association

The Australian Secondary Principals’ Association (ASPA) is a professional body that represents the interests of principals, deputy principals and assistant principals from government secondary schools.

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Catholic Primary Principals Australia

The Catholic Primary Principals Australia (ACPPA) is the peak body for Principals of Catholic Primary Schools in Australia. Founded in 1979 with 16 State and Territory representatives, it provides a voice for school principals and leaders from over 1 220 primary schools and 150 combined primary/secondary schools in Catholic education.

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Catholic Secondary Principals Australia

The Catholic Secondary Principals Australia (CaSPA) is the national peak body created in 1994 for Australian Catholic Secondary School Principals. CaSPA is a federation of the principals’ associations which represent Catholic secondary school principals in all Australian States and Territories. The Board therefore has 8 Directors who are appointed by the state and territory Associations.

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Independent Schools Council of Australia

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) represents the interests of the 1 061 schools and 585 800 students in the Independent school sector in Australia – including 13 079 Indigenous students enrolled in 856 Independent schools – on issues relating to Australian Government funding and representation on national policy making bodies.

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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principals' Association

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principals Association (NATSIPA) was founded in 2010 to support, develop and build capacity to promote quality Indigenous leaders in Australia. Its members currently include 96 Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander principals and 135 deputy principals mostly in NSW and then WA. NATSIPA has a board of seven executive members and sits on several education boards and committees including Australian Institute of Teachers and School Leadership, Australian Curriculum, and Assessment and Reporting Association.

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National Catholic Education Commission

The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) was established in 1974 by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference through the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education to maintain effective liaison with the Commonwealth Government and other key national education bodies. NCEC complements and supports at the national level the work of the State and Territory Catholic Education Commissions. The NCEC seeks to influence national education policy making by: 1/ Working towards a national policy consensus between State and Territory Commissions that best reflects contemporary Catholic teaching on the nature and purpose of education; 2/ Acting as an effective contributor to the national education policy debate; 3/ Maintaining productive links with key members of the Commonwealth Parliament and the Commonwealth bureaucracy; and by 4/ Strengthening the work of the Church in education, and the Catholic identity of Catholic schools and universities.

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The Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) is a national association for principals of independent schools. With responsibility for over 400 000 students in the primary and secondary education sector in Australia, AHISA has six branches across Australia to help principals build excellence in school leadership through expert advice, shared wisdom and formal and informal professional networks and development opportunities.

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The Australasian Teacher Regulatory Authorities (ATRA) is an association established in 2005 by the teacher registration and accreditation authorities across Australia and New Zealand to facilitate co-operation and collaboration across the Australian and New Zealand jurisdictions in the regulation of the teaching profession.

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The Australian College of Educators (ACE) is the national professional association for educators across all sectors and systems, including teacher candidates, recent graduates, researchers, principals and policymakers. Established in 1959, ACE provides a collective voice for all Australian educators, “encouraging and fostering open, collaborative discussion to enable our broad membership to provide the best outcomes for Australian students across all levels of education.”

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The Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE) informs policies, strategies, conversations and research in higher education, particularly teacher education, in Australia. Established in 1991, it is composed of Faculty Deans and Heads of Schools of Education in 41 public and private universities in Australia’s 8 States and Territories.

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The Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) is the national professional association for primary school principals in Australia. It represents affiliated state and territory Government, Catholic and Independent primary schools across the nation with over 7 000 members.

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The Australian Secondary Principals’ Association (ASPA) is a professional body that represents the interests of principals, deputy principals and assistant principals from government secondary schools.

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The Catholic Primary Principals Australia (ACPPA) is the peak body for Principals of Catholic Primary Schools in Australia. Founded in 1979 with 16 State and Territory representatives, it provides a voice for school principals and leaders from over 1 220 primary schools and 150 combined primary/secondary schools in Catholic education.

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The Catholic Secondary Principals Australia (CaSPA) is the national peak body created in 1994 for Australian Catholic Secondary School Principals. CaSPA is a federation of the principals’ associations which represent Catholic secondary school principals in all Australian States and Territories. The Board therefore has 8 Directors who are appointed by the state and territory Associations.

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The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) represents the interests of the 1 061 schools and 585 800 students in the Independent school sector in Australia – including 13 079 Indigenous students enrolled in 856 Independent schools – on issues relating to Australian Government funding and representation on national policy making bodies.

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The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principals Association (NATSIPA) was founded in 2010 to support, develop and build capacity to promote quality Indigenous leaders in Australia. Its members currently include 96 Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander principals and 135 deputy principals mostly in NSW and then WA. NATSIPA has a board of seven executive members and sits on several education boards and committees including Australian Institute of Teachers and School Leadership, Australian Curriculum, and Assessment and Reporting Association.

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The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) was established in 1974 by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference through the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education to maintain effective liaison with the Commonwealth Government and other key national education bodies. NCEC complements and supports at the national level the work of the State and Territory Catholic Education Commissions. The NCEC seeks to influence national education policy making by: 1/ Working towards a national policy consensus between State and Territory Commissions that best reflects contemporary Catholic teaching on the nature and purpose of education; 2/ Acting as an effective contributor to the national education policy debate; 3/ Maintaining productive links with key members of the Commonwealth Parliament and the Commonwealth bureaucracy; and by 4/ Strengthening the work of the Church in education, and the Catholic identity of Catholic schools and universities.

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Teacher unions

Teacher unions

There are 2 main teacher unions in Australia representing the two education sectors: Independent Education Union of Australia represents non-government schools while Australian Education Union represents government schools.

Independent Education Union of Australia

The Independent Education Union represents teachers and support staff in non-government schools, early childhood centres and other non-government educational institutions Australia wide. It currently has a membership of 75 000 members, including teachers, principals and ancillary staff in faith based, community and independent schools and early childhood education and care centres, and post secondary centres across Australia.

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Australian Education Union

The Australian Education Union represents principals, teachers and allied educators in schools, TAFE institutes, Corrections Education, Adult Migrant Education Services, and early childhood education centres in public schools Australia wide. It currently has a membership of 185 000 members.

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The Independent Education Union represents teachers and support staff in non-government schools, early childhood centres and other non-government educational institutions Australia wide. It currently has a membership of 75 000 members, including teachers, principals and ancillary staff in faith based, community and independent schools and early childhood education and care centres, and post secondary centres across Australia.

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The Australian Education Union represents principals, teachers and allied educators in schools, TAFE institutes, Corrections Education, Adult Migrant Education Services, and early childhood education centres in public schools Australia wide. It currently has a membership of 185 000 members.

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The OECD ITP study focused on which levels of education in Australia?

AUSTRALIA’S FOCUS WAS ON PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION

Who contributed to
the OECD ITP study in Australia?

A national co-ordinator was nominated by each participating country to manage the ITP study with the OECD and the 6-person OECD Review Team.

Meet the team
NATIONAL
CO-ORDINATORS
OECD
REVIEW TEAM
NATIONAL
CO-ORDINATORS
Melissa Dummett
Project Officer, Department
of Education and Training
Graeme Grant
Assistant Director, Department
of Education and Training
Kirsty Leslie
Director, Department
of Education and Training
OECD
REVIEW TEAM
Hannah von Ahlefeld
Project lead, OECD
Initial Teacher Preparation Study
Rob McIntosh
Consultant,
New Zealand
Ee Ling Low
Professor, Nanyang
Technological University
Kjetil Helgeland
Analyst, OECD Initial
Teacher Preparation Study
Michael Day
Emeritus Professor,
University of Roehampton
Emily Rainey
Professor,
University of Pittsburgh

OECD wishes to thank…

The team is grateful to the Department of Education and Training for their thoughtful and meticulous planning of our inspiring Australian trip!