Nationally consistent registration benefits teachers by:
Listed below are the common elements of the registration process.
In this section:
To achieve full registration, evidence of performance is required at the Proficient career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
Registration decisions should be based on a recommendation at the school* / workplace level about the teacher** meeting all of the Standards at the Proficient career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
The process for achieving full teacher registration should be flexible to accommodate different contexts and experience.
The recommendation for full registration should be based on multiple sources of evidence against the Standards. A single piece of evidence can address multiple descriptors.
The evidence of a sample of teachers who achieve full registration will undergo a quality assurance process carried out by the teacher regulatory authority.
The maximum period for meeting the requirements for full registration is 5 years, with provision for extension on a case by case basis.
Regulatory authorities will specify a minimum time period (of no less than 80 days of teaching and not exceeding the equivalent of one year full-time teaching) in an Australian or New Zealand school setting in which the teacher demonstrates they have met the standards to the satisfaction of the regulator before an applicant may apply for full registration. These arrangements will provide capacity for flexibility in appropriate circumstances.
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Registration is granted and managed by teacher regulatory authorities in each state and territory. It provides a person with a ‘statutory licence’ to perform the duties of a school teacher as defined in the particular jurisdiction.
There are two forms of registration as a teacher - provisional registration and full registration. Usually, a teacher is initially granted provisional registration. This indicates that they meet the Graduate career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
Full registration is achieved when a teacher has met the Proficient career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and all other requirements for teacher registration.
To be granted full registration teachers are required to demonstrate that:
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The provisionally registered teacher will be appropriately supported throughout the period of provisional registration. This will include support to help the provisionally registered teacher achieve and demonstrate the knowledge and skills required for meeting the Proficient career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. This support will vary according to the teacher’s context and circumstances.
The evidence presented by a teacher seeking full registration should cover a broad scope of the teacher’s knowledge, practice and engagement. It should demonstrate achievement of each of the seven Standards and take account of each of the descriptors. A piece of evidence can address multiple descriptors, within and across the Standards.
It is the teacher’s responsibility to retain all evidence submitted for a period of at least one year, for potential auditing by the teacher regulatory authority.
The evidence presented by a teacher seeking full registration will be assessed by a nominated person or persons recognised by the regulatory authority (this will usually include the principal and/or people holding leadership positions within the school or other education setting). Where the assessment is made by a single person, arrangements should be made to ensure that the perspective of other registered teachers with the knowledge of the teacher’s teaching will be taken into account.
The teacher regulatory authority will prescribe the format for submission of evidence by a provisionally registered teacher and for the reporting of the assessment. The prescribed format will accommodate the requirements for evidence as listed above.
The principal (or equivalent in the educational setting) will make the final recommendation to the regulatory authority, based on the assessment of evidence provided against each of the Standards.
The provisionally registered teacher will be provided with a copy of the assessment against the Standards.
Teacher regulatory authorities will specify and undertake a quality assurance process to ensure consistency in judgements. This may take the form of an audit of the evidence of a sample of teachers who have been granted full registration.
For the purpose of this process all relevant documentation will be made available on request.
In general there will be a maximum period of 5 years for meeting the requirements for full registration. There will be provision for an extension of a further period on a case by case basis. In this instance conditions may be applied to the provisional registration.
Reapplication A teacher whose registration has lapsed because they did not fulfil the requirements for full registration, or who anticipates that they will not meet the requirements in the specified time period may reapply for provisional registration. The teacher regulatory authority will assess such applications on a case by case basis.
For further information on how this may affect teachers in your state or territory, please refer to our frequently asked questions
* School is used inclusively to refer to Australian primary and secondary schools, and other educational settings where teacher registration applies.** Teacher refers to a person eligible for registration under the legislation of the relevant jurisdiction.
Fixed period of registration – After a fixed period of registration, teachers will be required to demonstrate their ongoing proficiency and suitability to teach in order to renew their registration
The minimum requirements for granting the renewal or continuation of a teacher’s registration, after a defined period of time, are that:
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.
Where the professional practice requirements for renewal of registration are not met there will be a form of registration where the minimum requirement to continue to hold and renew registration is a recent national criminal history records check and continuing to meet other suitability requirements.
Jurisdictions may impose conditions that apply to teachers in this category upon returning to teaching to ensure up to date knowledge on emerging educational reforms and current acceptable classroom practice. These conditions may include requirements for specific professional learning and professional practice which will be undertaken within a specified period of time.
The maximum period of registration is 5 years. To continue to hold full registration, teachers undergo a periodic process of renewal.
Renewal demonstrates the maintenance of currency of professional knowledge, practice and engagement, and continued suitability to be registered as a teacher.
The minimum requirements for granting the renewal of a teacher’s registration after a defined period of time (up to 5 years) are that:
The evidence for renewal provided by the teacher at a minimum must include a declaration by the teacher that the requirement for:
Supporting documentation should be kept by the teacher and available for audit by the regulatory authority if required.
The professional development referenced to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers that a teacher undertakes will be documented by that teacher, identifying which Standards the professional development addresses.
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 is at the discretion of the teacher regulatory authority.In addition, as part of the renewal process the teacher regulatory authority may:
Alternative authorisation to teach – There will be provision, in clearly defined circumstances and under specified conditions, for persons who are not eligible for registration to be employed in roles that would otherwise require registration
Alternative authorisation to teach is granted by a state or territory teacher regulatory authority. There is no obligation on other states or territories to recognise people with alternative authorisation to teach from other jurisdictions until they have met all registration requirements.There will be two categories of alternative authorisation to teach:
These individuals are not eligible for registration as a teacher, but are offered employment in a school due to a specific teacher shortage.
This provides a pathway to registration for individuals who are working towards an accredited initial teacher education qualification, within a specified period of time.
Sanctions including withdrawal of registration – There will be provision for a recognised authority to impose sanctions or withdraw a teacher’s registration if they fail to meet the required standards of personal and professional behaviour or professional performance
Where permitted, jurisdictions will share information with regard to discipline and de-registration of registrants. A jurisdiction may request from another jurisdiction where a teacher has been registered, information about unfinished investigations and any conditions that currently apply to the teacher’s registration.
Suitability – There will be a requirement for an applicant to be suitable to both work with children and be a teacher, based on an assessment of character and criminal history
Regulatory authorities may take into account:
Qualifications – There will be a minimum qualification, including a professional qualification, for registration
The qualifications requirement for registration is completion of at least four years of higher education (fulltime or equivalent) study, including an initial teacher education program accredited in Australia, leading to the achievement of a recognised qualification; or an overseas qualification assessed as equivalent.
English language proficiency
English language proficiency – Registration will require achievement of a level of professional proficiency in spoken and written English
The English language requirements for registration as a teacher are:
The date of the assessment must be no more than 2 years prior to the time of application for registration.
English language proficiency assessment is not required for registration as a teacher where the full four years of required higher education study (or qualifications assessed as comparable) have been undertaken in English in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada and the Republic of Ireland. (These are the countries accepted under Australian migration policy as not requiring English language proficiency assessment.)
* International English Language Testing System** International Second Language Proficiency Ratings*** Professional English Assessment for Teachers
Mutual recognition – A person registered to practise as a teacher in one jurisdiction is entitled to apply for registration in another jurisdiction based on that registration.
Jurisdictions will release information to other teacher regulatory authorities about registered teachers who apply for registration under Mutual Recognition Legislation Commonwealth Mutual Recognition Act 1992 and the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997. This will include any instances of deregistration or other disciplinary action taken, disciplinary procedures currently underway but not completed, investigations currently not completed and any conditions currently attached to a registrant.