I was surfing through the internet recently for research on the status of ECTs in NSW, and this surfaced. The research papers are quite detailed and I find that it relates to much of my "off-hand" observations that I have seen since the beginning of my tenure as a relief staff.
Links to these recent research papers (2004) on the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in pdf format is available for downloading on these sites.
1) Review of the ECT Shortage Interim Policy (ECT Final Report)
2) Early Childhood Teachers & Qualified Staff (Revised April 04)
Have a read. I'll be referring much to them in future.