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 close Monday 7 May, 2018 5pm AEST.

The Expert Panel is consulting widely with key stakeholders including teachers, principals and educational organisations. They want to hear from you to ensure the current arrangements are maintaining the standards in serving the education sector’s needs.

Consultations began in March 2018. For information on how to make a submission, please see the How to respond to the review section of this page.

Review timeline

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


Consultation documents

How to respond to the review

You can respond to the review in three ways.

1. By writing a submission and uploading using the online form below
2. By completing a five-to-ten minute survey for teachers and school principals/directors
3. By joining an online discussion forum
Submissions close Monday 7 May, 2018 5pm AEST

Use the online form below to upload your submission

Please read the Terms of reference and Consultation paper before making your submission.


Alternatively, you can:

  • Post your submission to: National Review of Teacher Registration Secretariat
    PO Box 299, Collins Street West, VIC 8007


If your preference is to submit your response via email or post please make sure you download a copy of the AITSL Cover page to attach to your submission.