Education Aides perform non-teaching duties to assist teaching staff in schools, provide care and supervision for children in preschools, and provide assistance to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori students and their teachers.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around half of workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • demonstrating, supervising and participating in activities which enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children in schools and preschool centres
  • preparing indoor and outdoor areas for learning and recreational activities
  • assisting children with intellectual, physical and behavioural difficulties with their academic studies
  • assisting children individually to learn social skills
  • assisting with preparing teaching aids, and copying and collating written and printed material
  • distributing and collecting lesson material
  • providing assistance to small groups of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori students
  • providing home-school liaison and counselling for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori students and their families

Job Titles

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Worker
  • Integration Aide
  • Preschool Aide
  • Teachers' Aide
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Worker

    Assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in their education, provides feedback to parents or guardians and teachers about students' progress, and liaises with educational bodies, government agencies and committees.

    Specialisations: Aboriginal Education Worker Coordinator, Aboriginal Home-School Liaison Officer

  • Integration Aide

    Assists children with developmental disabilities in mainstream schools.

  • Preschool Aide

    Provides care and supervision for children at preschool centres under the direction of Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers.

    Specialisations: Kindergarten Assistant

  • Teachers' Aide

    Assists teaching staff in preparing teaching materials and with general classroom tasks.

    Specialisations: School Services Officer, Student Liaison Officer, Teachers' Assistant

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $927 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    very strong
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    87600
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    12.0%
  • Female Share

    88.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    27.3%

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This is a very large occupation employing 87,600 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create more than 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Education Aides work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Education and Training; Public Administration and Safety; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 33.6 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $927 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 46 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 6 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 9 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200559300
200660200
200759300
200864200
200968300
201065400
201178500
201287600
201382400
201477400
201587600
2020105400

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsEducation AidesAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings9271230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryEducation AidesAll Jobs Average
Full-time27.368.4
Part-time72.731.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)33.640

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training86.9
Public Administration and Safety10.5
Health Care and Social Assistance2
Other Services0.2
Other Industries0.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateEducation AidesAll Jobs Average
NSW2231.8
VIC23.225.5
QLD24.719.8
SA5.96.8
WA17.411.2
TAS3.72
NT1.81.1
ACT1.31.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketEducation AidesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.8-5.45.4
20-244.8-9.99.9
25-3411.1-23.423.4
35-4425.6-21.721.7
45-5434.4-21.121.1
55-5913-8.78.7
60-646.4-5.95.9
65 and Over2.9-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryEducation AidesCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males12Males53.6
Females88Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationEducation AidesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.4-8.68.6
Bachelor degree10.2-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.2-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV35.7-18.918.9
Year 1211.5-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1017.5-17.717.7
Below Year 104.5-8.18.1

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job.
Around half of workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Education Aides who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate well as part of a team and are motivated.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Education and Training

    71% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  2. English Language

    71% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Psychology

    69% Important

    Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    61% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Mathematics

    56% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Assisting and Caring for Others

    80% Important

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

  2. Building Good Relationships

    80% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    80% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  4. Getting Information

    74% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Thinking Creatively

    72% Important

    Using your own ideas to developing, designing, or creating something new.

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