Registration is one of the most important mechanisms to assure the safety, competency and quality of a profession. Its design is underpinned by a clear intent to set and uphold high standards of professional practice.
Teacher registration is compulsory for all primary and secondary school teachers in all states and territories in Australia, and for most early childhood teachers.
This broad uptake reflects our current understanding of the impact of teaching quality on child and student outcomes, increased community expectations about children’s safety and the increased focus on teaching as a high-value profession.
Teacher registration is a joint endeavour involving teachers, mentors, leaders, employers, sectors and jurisdictions all playing an important role and contributing to the quality of the processes and outcomes
Teacher registration in Australia is underpinned by the National Framework for Teacher Registration (the Framework) which was agreed by all Education Ministers in 2011. The Framework embedded the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Teacher Standards) in registration requirements across Australia; a significant step towards teaching as one profession across the country.The Teacher Standards provide a foundation to support teachers and leaders, school and early childhood systems, regulators, education authorities and governments alike. Their purpose is to guide and strengthen the quality of teaching, while also providing a framework for career progression and ongoing high quality professional learning. They are complementary to and essential for the growth of the profession and effective registration of teachers throughout the country.
Teacher registration is managed by teacher regulatory authorities in each state and territory. Local policy contexts influence each jurisdiction’s current approach to registration, along with legislative and regulatory differences that drive operational and administrative arrangements. All teacher regulatory authorities have practices and processes that contribute in various ways to the professionalism, quality and safety of teachers. However, as a result of the evolution of teacher registration across jurisdictions, there is variation in the level of focus on these elements.