The number of people working as Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 40,800 in 2018 to 49,800 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 29,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,800 a year).
- Size: This is a large occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
- Location: Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers work in many regions of Australia.
- Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Public Administration and Safety.
- Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,488 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- Full-time: More than half work full-time (56%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
- Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
- Gender: 98% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers.