Teachers' Aides assist teaching staff in preparing teaching materials and with general classroom tasks.

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

You can work as a Teachers' Aide without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Teachers' Aides often complete a certificate III or IV in education support. Traineeships may be available.

Tasks

  • Demonstrates, supervises and participates in activities which enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children in schools and preschool centres.
  • Prepares indoor and outdoor areas for learning and recreational activities.
  • Assists children with intellectual, physical and behavioural difficulties with their academic studies.
  • Assists children individually to learn social skills.
  • Assists with preparing teaching aids, and copying and collating written and printed material.
  • Distributes and collects lesson materials.

All Education Aides

  • $1,094 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Teachers' Aides

  • 58,800 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 21% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 90% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Teachers' Aides (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 48,200 in 2011 to 58,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Location: Teachers' Aides work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Education and Training industry.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (21%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (56%).
  • Gender: 90% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training97.3
Public Administration and Safety1.0
Health Care and Social Assistance0.8
Other Services0.2
Other Industries0.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateTeachers' AidesAll Jobs Average
NSW22.931.6
VIC17.125.6
QLD32.420.0
SA7.07.0
WA14.610.8
TAS3.42.0
NT1.31.0
ACT1.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketTeachers' AidesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.4-5.05.0
20-245.4-9.39.3
25-3410.5-22.922.9
35-4426.2-22.022.0
45-5433.7-21.621.6
55-5912.3-9.09.0
60-646.6-6.06.0
65 and Over2.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationTeachers' AidesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree11.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma15.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV34.3-21.121.1
Year 1216.6-18.118.1
Year 114.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below11.2-12.512.5

You can work as a Teachers' Aide without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Teachers' Aides often complete a certificate III or IV in education support. Traineeships may be available.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • driver's licence
  • national police check
  • working with children check
  • first aid certificate
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Community Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Psychology

    50% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  2. Education and Training

    50% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    49% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. English Language

    49% Skill level

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

  5. Computers and Electronics

    40% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-9041.00 - Teacher Assistants.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact With Others

    94% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    92% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  3. Work With Work Group or Team

    89% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

  4. Physical Proximity

    85% Important

    How physically close are you to other people?

  5. Freedom to Make Decisions

    77% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-9041.00 - Teacher Assistants.

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