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Graduate Teachers face uncertain future

Grad_teacher_photo.jpgGraduating teachers have the odds stacked against them when it comes to securing a long term position, with more registered teachers than teaching jobs in Queensland.

Employment in the non-government education sector

This year just 44 primary* graduate teachers began work in Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) schools.  

In 2014, 67 BCE primary graduates were employed, with 197 graduates appointed to permanent roles. 

According to QCT, the number of graduate teachers who graduated in 2014 who were employed in non-government schools in the same year was 180. In 2013 this figure was 58 (further graduate employment numbers are available on our website). Last year, 13 graduate teachers were employed in the Catholic Education Cairns Diocese, with nine this year. 

Employment in the government education sector 

More than 2,080 graduates applied for teaching positions in the 2015 intake with Education Queensland, with 230 employed in continuing positions. In 2014, almost 590 graduates were appointed to temporary positions with Education Queensland over the course of the school year, from more than 2,000 graduating applicants. 

Job search

Official labour market statistics show a state-wide average of almost 20 applicants for every teaching position in Queensland. Primary school teachers will find it most difficult to secure work, with an average of 30 applicants for each position. 

The employment situation is better in the Northern Territory, where registered teacher numbers dropped by 300 to 5,710, with an average of just four applicants per position, according to government labour market statistics.  

How to find a job training session

Our union regularly runs information sessions for associate members. The next information session on ‘How to find a job in the non-government sector’ is on April 8 from 12-4pm at Carina Leagues Club. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

* BCE secondary colleges recruit directly on a school-by-school basis with central records on those appointments not maintained.


Graduate teachers employed in Queensland non-government schools

According to the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) and as of February 2015, the following statistics are for the number of Queensland graduate teachers who graduated in 2012, 2013 and 2014 who: 

a) are currently teaching in Queensland non-state schools, and 

b) were employed* in non-state schools either in the same year that they graduated or in the year after they graduated. 

The second column is the total number currently teaching in non-government schools who graduated that year. For example, of the 572 Queensland graduate teachers who graduated in 2012 and are currently working in non-state schools, 41 of those 572 (column three) were employed in 2012 and 362 of the 572 (column four) were employed in 2013. 


*We are unable to say where the Queensland graduate teachers were first employed. Some teachers may have been employed on contract or as a supply teacher in a state school before being employed by a non-state school.

**Employment figures held by the Queensland College of Teachers are based on data provided by schools and individuals. This data is indicative of those graduates employed in non-state schools on a permanent full-time or permanent part-time basis and is likely not to include temporary, contract or supply teachers.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.