Registration

Initial period of registration

Element

Initial period of registration – There will be an initial period during which a new teacher has a form of ‘licence’ that allows them to be employed as a teacher and undertake workplace learning and development that will equip them to meet requirements for becoming fully registered

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Transition to full registration

To achieve full registration, evidence of performance is required at the Proficient career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Registration decisions should be based on a recommendation at the school* / workplace level about the teacher** meeting all of the Standards at the Proficient career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

The process for achieving full teacher registration should be flexible to accommodate different contexts and experience.

The recommendation for full registration should be based on multiple sources of evidence against the Standards. A single piece of evidence can address multiple descriptors.

The evidence of a sample of teachers who achieve full registration will undergo a quality assurance process carried out by the teacher regulatory authority.

The maximum period for meeting the requirements for full registration is 5 years, with provision for extension on a case by case basis.

Regulatory authorities will specify a minimum time period (of no less than 80 days of teaching and not exceeding the equivalent of one year full-time teaching) in an Australian or New Zealand school setting in which the teacher demonstrates they have met the standards to the satisfaction of the regulator before an applicant may apply for full registration. These arrangements will provide capacity for flexibility in appropriate circumstances.

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Registration

Registration is granted and managed by teacher regulatory authorities in each state and territory. It provides a person with a ‘statutory licence’ to perform the duties of a school teacher as defined in the particular jurisdiction.

There are two forms of registration as a teacher - provisional registration and full registration. Usually, a teacher is initially granted provisional registration. This indicates that they meet the Graduate career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Full registration is achieved when a teacher has met the Proficient career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and all other requirements for teacher registration.

Requirements

To be granted full registration teachers are required to demonstrate that:

  • their teaching meets the Proficient career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
  • they have fulfilled the minimum requirement for professional practice in an Australian or New Zealand school setting
  • they continue to meet the elements of suitability for registration
  • they have met any additional conditions which might apply to their provisional registration.

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Support

The provisionally registered teacher will be appropriately supported throughout the period of provisional registration. This will include support to help the provisionally registered teacher achieve and demonstrate the knowledge and skills required for meeting the Proficient career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. This support will vary according to the teacher’s context and circumstances.

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Evidence

The evidence presented by a teacher seeking full registration should cover a broad scope of the teacher’s knowledge, practice and engagement. It should demonstrate achievement of each of the seven Standards and take account of each of the descriptors. A piece of evidence can address multiple descriptors, within and across the Standards.

Evidence will:

  • be drawn directly from the teacher’s work
  • be derived from a range of sources and must include:
    • evidence of student learning
    • observation of the teacher’s teaching
  • be annotated to reflect achievement of the Standards by taking account of each of the descriptors.

It is the teacher’s responsibility to retain all evidence submitted for a period of at least one year, for potential auditing by the teacher regulatory authority.

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Assessment

The evidence presented by a teacher seeking full registration will be assessed by a nominated person or persons recognised by the regulatory authority (this will usually include the principal and/or people holding leadership positions within the school or other education setting). Where the assessment is made by a single person, arrangements should be made to ensure that the perspective of other registered teachers with the knowledge of the teacher’s teaching will be taken into account.

The teacher regulatory authority will prescribe the format for submission of evidence by a provisionally registered teacher and for the reporting of the assessment. The prescribed format will accommodate the requirements for evidence as listed above.

The principal (or equivalent in the educational setting) will make the final recommendation to the regulatory authority, based on the assessment of evidence provided against each of the Standards.

The provisionally registered teacher will be provided with a copy of the assessment against the Standards.

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Quality assurance

Teacher regulatory authorities will specify and undertake a quality assurance process to ensure consistency in judgements. This may take the form of an audit of the evidence of a sample of teachers who have been granted full registration.

For the purpose of this process all relevant documentation will be made available on request.

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Period/renewal

In general there will be a maximum period of 5 years for meeting the requirements for full registration. There will be provision for an extension of a further period on a case by case basis. In this instance conditions may be applied to the provisional registration.

Reapplication
A teacher whose registration has lapsed because they did not fulfil the requirements for full registration, or who anticipates that they will not meet the requirements in the specified time period may reapply for provisional registration. The teacher regulatory authority will assess such applications on a case by case basis.

For further information on how this may affect teachers in your state or territory, please refer to our frequently asked questions

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* School is used inclusively to refer to Australian primary and secondary schools, and other educational settings where teacher registration applies.
** Teacher refers to a person eligible for registration under the legislation of the relevant jurisdiction.

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