Demand and Supply of Primary and Secondary School Teachers in Australia
This series of reports has ceased.
Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs
PO Box 202, Carlton South, VIC 3053
Telephone (03) 9639 0588
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A series of reports, on the theme of demand for and supply of teachers, was produced for the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA). The last in the series, 'Demand and Supply of Primary and Secondary School Teachers in Australia (2004)', investigated the main characteristics of the labour market for teachers. It provided a comprehensive overview of national teacher supply and demand issues for both the government and non-government sectors. It used international examples of labour markets and recruitment policies and analysed the long-term trends emerging in Australia's supply and demand issues of teachers and the likelihood of future teacher shortages.
The report incorporated published data, qualitative research on teachers and principals, complementary research involving a series of research papers on various topics such as ageing of the teacher workforce, gender trends and teacher salaries; and a literature review incorporating Australian and international research.
In 1997, the Conference of Education Systems Chief Executive Officers recommended procedures be put in place to enable regular monitoring and reporting on the labour market for teachers. Subsequently, reports on this issue have been published for 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2004. The 2004 report was prepared by the Department of Employment, Science and Training in conjunction with the then MCEETYA Teacher Quality and Educational Leadership Taskforce (TQELT) - Teacher Supply and Demand Working Group.
These reports, and related publications, are available via the 'Publications' link on the MCEETYA website, under 'Teachers and Teaching'.