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.

Have your say

Why the review wants your input

The Expert Panel is committed to consulting closely with stakeholders on teacher registration and want to hear from you to ensure the current arrangements are fit for purpose in serving the education sector's needs.

How can you provide input?

The Expert Panel will consult widely with key educational stakeholders, including teachers, principals and organisations. Consultations will begin in March 2018 and include an opportunity for all to have a say – more details coming soon. 

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.

More information on the scope of the review is available from the Terms of Reference (PDF, 28 KB).

Expert Panel

An independent Expert Panel will undertake the review. The panel includes: 

  • Mr Chris Wardlaw PSM (Expert Panel Chair) - Chair of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), and Deputy Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).
  • Ms Pitsa Binnion - Principal of McKinnon Secondary College, Victoria.
  • Mr Marino D’Ortenzio - Assistant Principal at Epping Secondary College, Victoria and Honorary Deputy Vice President (Secondary), AEU Victorian Branch's Executive.
  • Mr David Gee - Headmaster, Wesley College, Western Australia
  • Dr Peter Lind - Registrar of the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia.
  • Mr Anthony McClaran - Chief Executive Officer of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.
  • Emeritus Professor Wendy Patton - Chair of the Queensland College of Teachers’ Board, and Emeritus Professor Queensland University of Technology.
  • Ms Gabrielle Sinclair - Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.
  • Ms Christine Wilkinson - Secondary teacher at St Joseph's Catholic College in East Gosford, NSW, and President of the Independent Education Union of Australia NSW/ACT Branch.
  • Mr Dennis Yarrington - President of the Australian Primary Principals Association.

More information is available from the Expert Panel Member Biographies (PDF, 339KB).

Chair of the National Review of Teacher Registration, Chris Wardlaw, discusses the Review

What is the National Review of Teacher Registration objective?

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National Review of Teacher Registration Expert Panel

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The Expert Panel will consult widely with key stakeholders including teachers, principals and educational organisations. Consultations will begin in March 2018 and include an opportunity for all to have a say – more details coming soon. 

Review timeline

MilestoneDate (2018)
Issues paper launched March 
Consultation March - April 
Submissions received April 
Final report to Education Council September


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