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

  • $927 Weekly Pay
  • 90,500 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 25.8% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 35.1 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 88.4% female Gender Share

The number of Education Aides grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 90,500 in 2018 to 109,300 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 85,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 17,000 a year).

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Education Aides work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Queensland.
  • Industries: Most work in the Education and Training industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (25.8%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 35.1 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (56.8%).
  • Gender: 88.4% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200858500
200968300
201064800
201173500
201284500
201381000
201482700
201585200
201685500
201795700
201890500
2023109300

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Training92.3
Public Administration and Safety5.7
Health Care and Social Assistance1.3
Other Services0.4
Other Industries0.3

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 2017, 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
NSW21.531.6
VIC19.926.2
QLD30.019.7
SA6.86.7
WA15.410.8
TAS1.92.0
NT2.71.1
ACT1.81.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-192.1-5.25.2
20-245.5-9.99.9
25-3410.9-23.623.6
35-4424.6-21.721.7
45-5430.7-20.820.8
55-5913.9-8.88.8
60-648.0-6.06.0
65 and Over4.2-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

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

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • 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.

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.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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The 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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