How it works

Why the review?

We know that quality teaching makes the biggest in-school difference to student outcomes. This review will help determine if teacher registration is doing the most it can to support teacher quality.

Getting a national picture

A key focus of the national review will be a broad consultation process, with emphasis on understanding and improving current arrangements for teacher registration within Australia.

Who is conducting the review?

The review is an Education Council initiative being conducted by an independent Expert Panel. The Panel is chaired by Mr Chris Wardlaw PSM, currently Chair of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and AITSL Deputy Chair. AITSL will provide secretariat support.

Review information

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The review will consider:

  • the extent to which the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Teacher Standards) drive teacher quality and how this could be strengthened
  • how to improve teacher registration arrangements in Australia, with a focus on:
    • the current registration operating arrangements
    • enhancements to better embed the Teacher Standards and strengthen teacher quality
  • how best to implement recommendations, considering legislative, regulatory, administrative and resourcing contexts
  • expected benefits and success measures for the implementation of the recommended reforms
  • early childhood teacher registration, VET teacher registration, and the transition of initial teacher education students into the profession.

The Teacher Standards themselves, and the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures are out of scope.

The recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that relate to teacher registration will be taken into account in the review.

Submissions to the review closed on Monday 7 May, 2018 5pm AEST.

The Expert Panel is consulting widely with key stakeholders including teachers, principals and educational organisations.

Consultations began in March 2018. Submissions to the review closed on 7 May 2018, 5pm AEST.

Review timeline

MilestoneDate (2018)
Consultation paper launched March Closed
Consultation March - MayClosed
Submissions close 7 May (updated date)Closed
Final report to Education Council September


Consultation documents

The National Review of Teacher Registration is now closed for submissions.

If you have any questions, or would like to contribute to the review, please get in touch with the AITSL Secretariat at 

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