Staff numbers

Full-time equivalent (FTE) of school staff by school sector, school level and sex
Full-time equivalent (FTE) of school staff (teaching and non-teaching), by school level and state/territory
Full-time equivalent (FTE) of school staff by major function, school sector, school level and sex
Full-time equivalent (FTE) of school staff by school sector, time series
Staff numbers dataset
Notes and caveats

These data include full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching staff across primary and secondary schooling in Australia.






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Notes and caveats

    • Categories used in tables and graphs showing "school level" are "primary" and "secondary".
    • Staff employed in combined schools and special schools and non-teaching staff are allocated to either primary or secondary school level on a pro-rata basis.
    • From 2015 Primary education comprises a Foundation (pre-Year 1) followed by Years 1-6 in New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (Vic.), Queensland (Qld), Western Australia (WA), Tasmania (Tas.), Northern Territory (NT) and Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Secondary education consists of Years 7-12 in these jurisdictions.
    • In 2015 Year 7 in Qld and WA was moved from a primary school year to a secondary school year. This affects the numbers and proportions of primary and secondary school staff in those states and nationally from 2015.
    • Until 2019 in South Australia (SA), primary education comprised Foundation (pre-Year 1) followed by Years 1–7. Secondary education consisted of Years 8-12. Year 7 in SA will be moved progressively from a primary school year to a secondary school year (from 2022 for government schools).
    • In 2019, Year 7 was moved from a primary school year to a secondary school year in some South Australian non-government schools. This may affect the number and proportion of primary and secondary school staff in SA in 2019.
    • Categories used in tables and graphs showing "school sector" are "government", "Catholic" and "independent". In some tables, the category "total non-government" (total of Catholic and independent data) is also used.
    • In Schools Australia, and in this publication, Catholic non-systemic schools are counted as Catholic rather than as independent
    • In 2018, NSW introduced a new payroll system that is used to report staffing levels in government schools. This system provides stricter controls and validation over the way casual and temporary teachers are engaged and improved the information available to better identify teachers that should be included as "generally active" in schools. This led to a fall in the number of FTE NSW government school teachers reported in 2019 and to a small fall in the number of FTE teaching staff nationally. Care should be taken when comparing NSW government in-school staff time series data.
    • In 2018, the Australian Capital Territory provided revised 2017 staff data, which have been included in this release.
    • From 2018 there are a small number of staff whose biological sex was reported as neither male nor female. In order to protect the confidentiality of these individuals the ABS have randomly assigned them to have either a male or female status. This approach aligns with the United Nations Statistical Division 2010, Handbook on Population and Housing Census Editing, Revision 1, (Sections 346-347).
    • See Glossary for definitions of school level, school sector, special school, staff and staff functions, full-time equivalent of staff (FTE) and for further information on the NSSC.

Sources: ABS, Cat. No. 4221.0, Schools, Australia

This information relates to Part 1 of the National Report on Schooling in Australia.

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