Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Professional Engagement

7   Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community

7.1 Meet professional ethics and responsibilities

Graduate Proficient Highly Accomplished Lead
Understand and apply the key principles described in codes of ethics and conduct for the teaching profession.
Meet codes of ethics and conduct established by regulatory authorities, systems and schools.
Maintain high ethical standards and support colleagues to interpret codes of ethics and exercise sound judgement in all school and community contexts. Model exemplary ethical behaviour and exercise informed judgements in all professional dealings with students, colleagues and the community.

7.2 Comply with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements

Graduate Proficient Highly Accomplished Lead
Understand the relevant legislative, administrative and organisational policies and processes required for teachers according to school stage.
Understand the implications of and comply with relevant legislative, administrative, organisational and professional requirements, policies and processes. Support colleagues to review and interpret legislative, administrative, and organisational requirements, policies and processes.
Initiate, develop and implement relevant policies and processes to support colleagues’ compliance with and understanding of existing and new legislative, administrative, organisational and professional responsibilities.

7.3 Engage with the parents/carers

Graduate Proficient Highly Accomplished Lead
Understand strategies for working effectively, sensitively and confidentially with parents/carers. Establish and maintain respectful collaborative relationships with parents/ carers regarding their children’s learning and wellbeing. Demonstrate responsiveness in all communications with parents/carers about their children’s learning and wellbeing. Identify, initiate and build on opportunities that engage parents/carers in both the progress of their children’s learning and in the educational priorities of the school.

7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

Graduate Proficient Highly Accomplished Lead
Understand the role of external professionals and community representatives in broadening teachers’ professional knowledge and practice.
Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice.
Contribute to professional networks and associations and build productive links with the wider community to improve teaching and learning. Take a leadership role in professional and community networks and support the involvement of colleagues in external learning opportunities.