Staff

Staff

During 2021–22, an average of 42,719 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff were employed. Of these, 57.4% were teachers, 30.4% were support staff, 6.8% were cleaners and gardeners, and 5.4% were administrative and clerical staff. School-based staff represented 96.2% of total FTE.

For further information about our staff, refer to tables 15 to 19 and figures 3 and 4.

Our average FTE increased by 1,131 FTE (2.7%) from 2020–21, mainly due to:

  • additional school-based staff employed to meet growth in the number of student enrolments in existing schools, as well as staffing for new schools 
  • the delivery of election commitments in relation to school psychologists, specialised career practitioners and the expansion of the Alternative Learning Settings
  • higher number of special needs education assistants in mainstream schools to support an increase in the number of students eligible for the individual disability allocation
  • additional school officers in small to medium schools to meet administrative requirements of managing COVID-19 cases
  • additional relief employees to backfill staff due to either COVID-19 or isolation.

Since the Public Sector Commissioner’s instruction regarding the conversion and appointment of fixed‑term contract and casual employees to permanency was released in August 2018, we have continued to review and oversee the employment arrangements of our fixed-term and casual staff. We are committed to permanency being the preferred form of employment.

Both teacher retirements and resignations increased in 2021 (refer to Appendix 4).

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Table 15: Our workforce demographics(a) 2021 and 2022

Demographics 2021
(%)
2022
(%)
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 2.3 2.3
Culturally and linguistically diverse people 9.9 10.7
People with disability 1.2 1.2
Age profile
   People 24 years of age and under 4.2 4.6
   People 25 to 44 years of age 41.3 41.9
   People 45 years of age and over 54.5 53.5
Gender breakdown of Senior Executive Service(b)(c)
      Female
      Male
36.0
64.0
40.0
60.0
Gender breakdown of school administrators(b)(d)
   Primary
      Female
      Male

68.7
31.3

69.9
30.1
   Secondary
      Female
      Male

56.7
43.3

58.4
41.6

(a) Data as at June of each year.
(b) No employees were recorded as Indeterminate/Intersex in these positions in June 2021 or June 2022.
(c) Employees who are members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) under section 43 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994 (WA).
(d) Defined as levels 3 to 6 under the School Education Act Employees’ (Teachers and Administrators) General Agreement 2019 (WA).
Source: Workforce and Education Business Services, using Human Resource Minimum Obligatory Information Requirements (HRMOIR) data

 

 


Table 16: Staff(a) by category 2017–18 to 2021–22

Category 2017–18(b) 2018–19 2019–20 2020–21 2021–22
Teaching(c) 22,878 23,031 23,303 23,802 24,524
Support(d) 11,447 11,674 11,944 12,454 13,004
Cleaning and gardening 2,573 2,593 2,763 3,197 2,902
Administrative and clerical(e) 1,938 1,907 2,001 2,135 2,289
Total 38,836 39,205 40,011 41,588 42,719

(a) Average financial year paid full-time equivalent staff rounded to nearest whole number.
(b) From 2017–18, the new Department of Education was formed, which included staff from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority and the former Department of Education, Department of Education Services, and Country High School Hostels Authority.
(c) Includes principals and deputy principals.
(d) Includes school clerical staff and education assistants.
(e) Includes staff in Public Sector Management Act 1994 (WA) positions, and teaching and other staff employed under the School Education Act 1999 (WA).

Source: Education Business Services

 

 


Table 17: Staff(a) by operational area and category 2021–22

Operational area Teaching(b) Support(c) Cleaning and gardening Administrative and clerical(d) Total
Schools 24,483 13,002 2,897 705 41,087
Central strategic and corporate services 1,485 1,485
Regional offices 41(e) 2 5 99 147
Total 24,524 13,004 2,902 2,289 42,719

(a) Average financial year paid full-time equivalent staff rounded to nearest whole number.
(b) Includes principals and deputy principals.
(c) Includes school clerical staff and education assistants.
(d) Includes staff in Public Sector Management Act 1994 (WA) positions, and teaching and other staff employed under the School Education Act 1999 (WA).
(e) Includes Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) teachers and home education moderators.

Source: Education Business Services

 

 


Table 18: School-related staff(a) by type of school and category 2021–22

Type of school Teaching(b) Support(c) Cleaning and gardening Administrative and clerical(d) Total
Community kindergarten 20 19 39
Primary(e) 12,839 7,013 1,544 24 21,420
District high 1,031 574 161 6 1,772
Kindergarten–Year 12(f) 433 168 42 39 682
Secondary 8,417 2,952 1,110 550 13,029
Education support(g) 965 2,065 33 49 3,112
Specialist services(h) 778 211 7 37 1,033
Total 24,483 13,002 2,897 705 41,087

(a) Average financial year paid full-time equivalent staff rounded to nearest whole number.
(b) Includes principals and deputy principals.
(c) Includes school clerical staff and education assistants.
(d) Includes staff in Public Sector Management Act 1994 (WA) positions.
(e) Includes schools of the air and remote community schools.
(f)  Includes School of Isolated and Distance Education.
(g) Includes language development schools and centres.
(h) Includes education services that do not directly enrol students such as camp schools, the schools of special educational needs, the School of Alternative Learning Settings, vacation swimming and Instrumental Music School Services. Residential colleges are included under Support.

Source: Education Business Services

 

 


Table 19: School-based teaching staff(a) by category and education category(b) (c) 2022

Category Primary Secondary Education support Total
Principal 571 171 66 808
Deputy principal 853 426 84 1,363
Head of department or program coordinator 20 1,049 7 1,075
Teacher 10,563 6,875 695 18,133
Guidance/counselling 183 129 30 342
Total 12,190 8,649 882 21,721

(a) Full-time equivalents at Semester 1 student census including teachers at community kindergartens. Based on counting method used for National Schools Statistics Collection that does not include staff on extended leave.
(b) Staff apportioned to education category based on proportion of students in each education category.
(c) Rows and columns may not add to totals due to rounding.

Source: System and School Performance

 

 


Figure 3: School-based teaching staff(a) by education category(b) and female or male 2022(c)(d)

A bar chart of the data presented in Table A25.

(a) Full-time equivalents at Semester 1 student census including teachers at community kindergartens. Based on counting method used for National Schools Statistics Collection that does not include staff on extended leave.
(b) Staff apportioned to education category based on proportion of students in each education category.
(c) Two staff recorded as Indeterminate/Intersex.
(d) For corresponding table, refer to Appendix 4.

Source: System and School Performance

 

 


Figure 4: Student–teacher ratios(a) 2017 to 2021

A column chart showing the student–teacher ratios for the primary years of school (refer to note b) to be 15.6 in 2017, 15.7 in 2018, 15.8 in 2019, 15.6 in 2020 and 15.3 in 2021. The chart also shows the student–teacher ratios for the secondary years of school to be 12.4 in 2017, 12.6 in 2018, 12.8 in 2019, 12.8 in 2020 and 12.6 in 2021.

(a) Ratios based on full-time equivalent students and full-time equivalent teaching staff at Semester 2.
(b) Excludes Kindergarten.

Source: System and School Performance