Survey to map workplace trends

The Australian Education Union is again supporting and participating in the Staff in Australia’s Schools (SiAS) survey.

Susan Hopgood
AEU Federal Secretary

 The Australian Council for Educational Research is conducting the third cycle of the SiAS survey in 2013. The survey is an Australia wide initiative to collect information directly from school teachers and leaders about their background and qualifications, their work, their career intentions, and school staffing issues.

A large sample of primary and secondary schools in all sectors and states and territories will be randomly selected and invited to participate. Once schools are selected, their principal and teaching staff will be asked to respond to a series of questions via an online survey.

The voluntary survey, which should take approximately 15 minutes to complete, is intended to provide a snapshot of the Australian teacher workforce, including demographic information such as gender, age, qualifications and work roles. It will gather information that may be used to assist in planning for the future, including data from current teachers and school leaders about their employment intentions and career plans, and staffing issues that schools are facing. This survey will also map key trends since the previous SiAS surveys in 2006–07 and 2010.

The SiAS survey is commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The advisory committee includes representatives of government and non-government school authorities in all states and territories, national principals associations, teacher unions, teacher education institutions and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The online survey is live from April 29 until the end of May. Head to www.acer.edu.au/sias for more information.