The minimum requirements for granting the renewal or continuation of a teacher’s registration, after a defined period of time, are that:
- suitability has been maintained, assessed on the basis of a national criminal history records check that is no older than 5 years
- recency of professional practice requirements have been met on the basis of 100 days of professional practice in the previous 5 years, with capacity for flexibility in appropriate circumstances. Where relevant, there will be flexibility to provide for arrangements such as annualised renewal.
- proficiency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers has been maintained
- professional learning is demonstrated on the basis of at least 100 hours of professional development activities referenced to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, undertaken in the previous 5 years. Where relevant, there will be flexibility to provide for arrangements such as annualised renewal.
In jurisdictions where the registration period is less than 5 years the requirements for professional practice and professional development may be reduced proportionately.
The professional practice requirements should not preclude teachers who are school based but not in a direct classroom teaching role, e.g. principals, school counsellors who are registered teachers, etc, from maintaining their registration.
The required Standards referenced professional development must be recorded by the teacher.
Jurisdictions may implement procedures for approving particular professional development activities as meeting the requirements for renewal of registration. Where this occurs the amount of approved Standards referenced professional development required, within the overall requirement of 100 hours over 5 years, is at the discretion of the teacher regulatory authority.
All jurisdictions will recognise the Standards referenced professional development approved, accepted or endorsed in other jurisdictions where this occurs.
NB. Teacher refers to a person eligible for registration under the legislation of the relevant jurisdiction.