What did the review find?

The Review found three key areas for further work.

Strengthening children’s safety

The profession of teaching is strongly committed to advocating for child safety and protecting children from harm. It is in the interest of teachers to ensure that sufficient measures are taken to ensure only people who are safe, suitable, fit and proper are allowed to enter the profession. 

Improving and reinforcing teacher quality

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers are well embedded in teacher registration across Australia. Further opportunities exist to strengthen registration across a teacher's career life cycle; and extend registration to early childhood teachers.

Streamlining registration processes

Interpretation and administration of teacher registration requirements vary across jurisdictions. Work needs to be done to streamline and enhance existing processes to improve teacher mobility across the nation, ensure rigor and consistency in judgements, and allow VET qualified people to teach.


The report arising from the Review, One Teaching Profession: Teacher Registration in Australia (One Teaching Profession) details 17 recommendations noted by Education Council in September 2018. 

The recommendations cover a breadth of policy, process and practice reform areas. In light of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, a key priority of the recommendations is children's safety.



How will the recommendations be implemented?

Ministers endorsed AITSL's implementation strategy for the recommendations from One Teaching Profession. The strategy addresses the recommendations according to three themes:

  1. Recommendations relating to strengthening children's safety
  2. Recommendations addressed through existing processes
  3. Recommendations that require additional work

Implementation Strategy

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Overview

In addressing Child Safety requirements, AITSL is working with Teacher Regulatory Authorities (TRAs) and teacher employers to assist in responding to recommendations from One Teaching Profession and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Recommendations addressed from One Teaching Profession: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.

Overview

Currently, jurisdictions are actively addressing recommendations of One Teaching Profession which relate to:

  • beginning teacher induction
  • relationships between pre-service teachers and teacher regulatory authorities
  • English language proficiency assessment
  • teacher professional learning
  • data collection for Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher status and alternative authorisation to teach
  • workforce challenges for VET delivery to secondary students

 

Some useful links to current and related national initiatives are presented below:

Australian Teacher Workforce Data (ATWD)

The Australian Teacher Workforce Data (ATWD) creates a nexus between Initial Teacher Education data and national teacher workforce data, providing comprehensive teacher statistics.  

Information on the ATWD can be located here: https://www.aitsl.edu.au/research/australian-teacher-workforce-data

Induction

Effective induction is recognised as instrumental in helping new teachers transition into the classroom environment. AITSL provides new teachers with access to a range of resources that support and promote high quality induction processes.

Access these resources here: https://www.aitsl.edu.au/deliver-ite-programs/learn-about-ite-accreditation-reform/improved-beginning-teacher-induction

Professional Learning

To emphasise the importance of ongoing development of teachers, AITSL provides a range of resources to help teachers better understand high quality professional learning: https://www.aitsl.edu.au/teach/improve-practice/improving-teacher-professional-learning

Recommendations addressed from One Teaching Profession1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 14, 17.

 

 

Overview

In December 2019, Education Council agreed to provide funding for additional work to be undertaken in relation to:

  • consistency in judgements in the provisional to full teacher registration process
  • Vocational Education and Training delivery to secondary students
  • early childhood teacher standards and registration

Recommendations addressed from One Teaching Profession: 2, 5, 6, 15, 16.

Next steps

AITSL will continue to work closely with key stakeholders to action the implementation strategy and report back to Education Council.

COVID-19

Due to the emergence of COVID-19, AITSL is reviewing stakeholder consultation processes across the implementation strategy. Where possible, AITSL will utilise teleconferencing services to support unprecedented shutdown measures, to slow the spread of coronavirus.

If you are part of a planned or future consultation, a member of the AITSL team will be in contact to determine how to proceed.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.

Previous Consultation

Consultation on the National Review of Teacher Registration was undertaken in 2018, collecting feedback from stakeholders across the country. A total of 94 written submissions were received.

You can read the submissions here.

The Expert Panel held meetings in each jurisdiction and met with more than 140 key stakeholders. There were 6,756 responses to the online survey targeting teachers and leaders across Australia.

You can read the online survey results here.