What have we done to strengthen accreditation?

Throughout 2015, AITSL worked with key stakeholders to design a package of ITE accreditation reforms to be implemented from 2016. This included a review of the previous accreditation process which informed the development of a strengthened accreditation system​. 

The revised ITE Standards and Procedures were approved by Education Ministers in December 2015. These reforms include greater clarity and rigour around what providers must do to gain accreditation, and ensure that trained accreditation panels apply the same high standards across Australia.

The strengthened process focuses on evidence of impact. This means that providers are required to demonstrate that their pre-service teachers have gained the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the classroom by the time they graduate.

What's next?

As an ITE provider, you'll need to ensure your program meets the revised ITE Standards and Procedures. Contact your local regulatory authority for information specific to your situation.

Why focus on ITE accreditation? 

The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group found that program accreditation across Australia is inconsistent, leading to varying levels of teacher preparation upon graduation.

The Ministerial Advisory Group also noted an increasing international focus on rigorous program accreditation and quality assurance. This will require further research, evidence of program impact and improvement.

What will the outcome be? 

All ITE programs will be required to plan for, collect and demonstrate the results of their programs. This information will form the basis of the accreditation process, with accreditation panels making consistent judgements about programs.

This new approach will lead to all ITE programs being of a consistently high standard, and will result in more capable, skilled graduates.