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Requirement to Transition from Provisional to (full) Registration

Requirement to transition from Provisional to (full) Registration

All provisionally registered teachers are required to move to (full) registration as soon as possible.

This is one of many processes that teachers engage in to demonstrate their ongoing growth and competence as professional practitioners. Moving to (full) registration is a continuum of professional growth for a teacher as they move from the Graduate Teacher Standards to the Proficient Teacher Standards

The Teachers Registration and Standards Act 2004 (the Act) anticipates that anyone who is granted provisional registration will not remain provisionally registered permanently. Under the terms of the Act, it is a mandatory condition that all provisionally registered teachers acquire the necessary experience and requirements to become eligible for (full) Registration.

In accordance with 2011 Ministerial agreements for a nationally consistent approach to teacher registration, a teacher in South Australia can only be provisionally registered for a maximum of two terms (up to six years). During this time they must meet the requirements to become eligible for (full) registration. There is a provision for extension, however this is reviewed on a case by case basis. Please refer to the Transition from Provisional to (full) Registration policy for more information. 

Teachers who have held provisional registration for more than three years are now in their second term and will need to meet the requirements before their next renewal of registration.  

These provisionally registered teachers are encouraged to submit an application to transition from provisional to(full) registration  as soon as they have met all requirements for (full) registration and not wait until the term of their current registration is due to expire.

Transition to (full) registration is not an automatic process. Information on the requirements and application process can be found on our website

Should a teacher not attain (full) registration within their second term of provisional registration (up to six years) they will not be permitted to apply for renewal of their registration but will need to make a new application for provisional registration under a modified process

Initial Grant of Provisional Registration

When a teacher is initially granted provisional registration, the term of registration is up to three years, with the condition that the following is included on the registration certificate:

You must acquire the experience and meet the requirements (prescribed by regulation, contained in standards for teachers or determined by the Board) necessary for you to be eligible for (full) Registration.

Renewal of Provisional Registration

Teachers who do not meet the experience and/or the requirements for (full) registration before their initial period of provisional registration is due to expire, may apply for a renewal of their provisional registration for one further term only.

Teachers applying to renew provisional registration must complete 60 hours of professional learning referenced against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Provisionally registered teachers may have up to two consecutive terms, i.e. a total of up to six years to acquire the necessary requirements for, and successfully transition to, (full) registration.

During this further three-year term it is expected that:

Teachers must acquire the experience and meet the requirements (prescribed by regulation, contained in standards for teachers or determined by the Board) necessary for them to be eligible for (full) Registration and to submit an application to transition from Provisional to (Full) Registration at least three months prior to the expiration or their term of registration.  

This condition will be stated on the registration certificate.

Re-application for Provisional Registration (Modified Process)

Should a teacher not attain (full) registration within their extended period of provisional registration they will not be permitted to apply for renewal of their registration. They will need to make a new application for provisional registration under a modified process and will be required to provide an explanation as to why they have not complied with the condition of their previous provisional registration to meet the requirements for (full) registration.

Teachers applying for provisional registration under the modified process must have completed 60 hours of professional learning referenced against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Teaching experience remains current for five years only.

Teachers under this process should not expect that their applications for provisional registration will be approved as a matter of course. The Board will consider the individual merits of each application under the modified process to determine whether or not to grant provisional registration. The Board will look at the efforts taken by an applicant to attain the experience and/or requirements for (full) registration during their previous terms of provisional registration, together with any explanations as to why the applicant has been unable to successfully transition to (full) registration.

In some circumstances, an application will be placed before a sub-committee of the Board for hearing and determination.  In such circumstances the teacher is entitled to appear before the Board and make submissions. 

If the Board does grant an applicant provisional registration it will be an expressed condition of the grant that the registrant acquire the necessary experience and/or requirements to move to (full) registration. Further conditions may also be imposed.

If a teacher does not transition to (full) registration within the term of this registration, they will again need to re-apply for provisional registration under this process.

Exceptional Cases

It is an expectation that all provisionally registered teachers will transition to (full) registration in the expected timeframes. However, the Board acknowledges that there may be exceptional cases that warrant the exercise of its discretion to depart from policies and practices. Examples of when the Board’s discretion may be used include where teachers are:

  • unable to gain regular employment as a teacher, such as those who are working on a temporary, casual or part-time basis;
  • in remote areas or across different settings;
  • on extended leave, or are unable to work due to illness or disability;

The manner in which the Board may exercise its discretion will also depend on the circumstances unique to an individual.