Initial Teacher Education

Implementation 2016

Implementation requirements

As agreed by Education Ministers the implementation of the new national system commenced in 2016, with accreditation decisions being made by the end of 2017, noting that all jurisdictions are endeavouring to meet the timelines and resolve any outstanding implementation issues. There will be different requirements for programs currently accredited under state- and territory-based processes, and programs that are currently nationally accredited.

Providers of initial teacher education should contact their local teacher regulatory authority to discuss their individual circumstances.

Written guidelines

In consultation with key stakeholders, AITSL has developed written guidelines as a companion document to the Standards and Procedures for accreditation of initial teacher education programs.

The Guidelines for the accreditation of initial teacher education programs in Australia (Guidelines) articulate the evidence requirements of the Standards and Procedures to support the consistent interpretation and assessment of the accreditation standards. We expect the Guidelines to be used by providers preparing applications for accreditation, as well as by accreditation panels when assessing applications.

The June 2016 version of the Guidelines incorporates the following amendments to the earlier February 2016 edition: 

  • change of name from guidance material to guidelines
  • inclusion of flexibility and innovation principles
  • incorporation in Program Standard 1.1 of professional judgements specifically linked to Template 3
  • clarification regarding Standard 3 -  threshold entry scores and exemptions
  • further detail regarding processes for accreditation of multi-jurisdictional providers.

Accreditation Guidelines

Find out more: Guidelines (1.2MB PDF)

Find out more: FAQs - Standards and procedures (57KB)

The current version of the Guidelines is intended to be used in 2016, and updated following the initial year of implementation, as necessary. The Guidelines include the below templates and a glossary of key terms.


Providers submitting full applications for accreditation will be required to complete four templates. Templates 1–4 and a worked sample of template 4 are now available.  

The templates should be read along with the 2015 Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures and the Guidelines.

State and Territory regulatory authorities remain the primary point of contact in relation to accreditation arrangements for specific programs.

New national training for members of accreditation panels has been developed and delivery of this training began in 2016.

Additional support for implementation

For providers and accreditation panels, fact sheets, further guidance and templates (where appropriate) have been developed to assist them in understanding requirements for Programs Standards, 1.2, 5.1 and 6.2 of the Standards and Procedures.

This fact sheet has been designed to assist members of accreditation panels to understand and assess the requirements of Program Standard 1.2 and to support providers in the development of their accreditation applications.

This guidance and template aims to be applicable across the range of contexts within the Australian education landscape to assist effective delivery of professional experience and strong partnerships between schools and universities.

This fact sheet has been developed to provide a overview of the key elements of Program Standard 6.2 and is designed to assist members of accreditation panels to understand and assess the requirements of this standard and to support providers in the development of their accreditation applications.