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Renewal

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Renewal 2017-2018

General

Your renewal form will be available for submission online through your Teacher Portal account. If you have not yet signed up for an account you can do so here https://online.trb.sa.edu.au/default.aspx 

No, the renewal form can only be accessed and submitted online. If you do not have access to a computer some other options include submitting the form from a computer at your school, your local library or in the TRB office.

The renewal form will be available through your Teacher Portal account from 16th October.

The due date for renewal is one month before your registration expires (31/12/2017). Your application may be accepted up until 31/01/2018 however there is no guarantee it will be processed by the expiry of your current registration. You will be in breach of the TRB Act if you teach unregistered.

The Application for Renewal of Registration is available online via the Teacher Portal. To use the portal, please register for an account. Once you have created your account, you will be able to log in to the portal at: https://online.trb.sa.edu.au/default.aspx and submit your application online. 

The term of registration is up to 3 years (i.e. following the grant of registration your new expiry date will be 31/01/2021 and this will be displayed on your Certificate of Teacher Registration and is available on the Public Register.

This may mean that you may not be granted registration prior to expiry of your current registration, 31 January 2018.

All requirements need to be met before registration is granted, including the completion of your National Police History Record Check and transfer of Department for Child Protection Information, which can take from several days to several weeks depending on individual circumstances.

Please contact the Board, if you will be unable to access your online Teacher Portal Account between the dates of 16/10/2017 – 31/12/2017. 

Payment

All cheques and money orders should be in Australian dollars, addressed to the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia.

 

No.  Applications for Renewal of Registration must be submitted online. If you wish to pay by cheque or money order or are required to submit any additional documentation for your renewal, you can only provide these components by post or in person at the office. Please ensure that you attach your Money Order/Cheque to the checklist you are issued – to help us identify the payee when it comes via post.

If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, you can submit your Renewal Application using the computer available at the TRB office.

Mandatory Notification Training

To renew your teacher registration you must complete a Department for Child Protection approved update of the Mandatory Notification Training course during your current term of registration, providing you have previously provided a full day certificate and kept your registration active.
(e.g. ‘Child Safe Environments – Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect’ or ‘Responding to Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care’)
An acceptable online update course is available at: Department for Education and Child Development

 

Mandatory Notification Training is a requirement for renewal of registration. If you need to complete an update course, it is available online at: Department for Education and Child Development. There is no charge to complete the online course.

The Teachers Registration Board is unable to process incomplete applications for renewal of registration. Please email a copy of the certificate you receive following completion of the update course OR upload it when renewing your registration. 

National Police History Checks (NPHC)

No. Pursuant to the Teachers Registration and Standards Act 2004, the National Police History Check is to be conducted by the Teachers Registration Board. The National Police History Check Consent Form is part of your Application for Renewal of Registration.

No. The National Police History Check (NPHC) is conducted by way of electronic data exchange, the Teachers Registration Board is unable to provide a copy of the NPHC. The results are endorsed on your Certificate of Teacher Registration.

Depending on individual circumstances, a National Police History Check may vary from several days to several weeks to be cleared.  Please submit your Application for Renewal of Registration prior to 31/12/2017 to ensure there is sufficient time for it to be processed.

For this renewal cycle the Teachers Registration Board has been granted an exemption from its contractual arrangements with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) regarding the provision of proof of identity documentation.  Documentation relating to proof of identity may need to be submitted when you next renew your registration.

As a matter of policy, all applicants for teacher registration are required to undergo an assessment against child protection information held by Department for Child Protection (DCP), formerly Families SA. Relevant child protection information is released to the Teachers Registration Board by authorisation of the Chief Executive of DCP pursuant to section 58(3)(c) of the Children’s Protection Act 1993.

You will be asked to provide your consent for the Board to provide your personal information to the Department for Child Protection for the purposes of assessing your fitness and propriety for registration as a teacher.

If consent is not provided your Application for Renewal of Registration cannot be processed.

Your full name, all names you have ever been known by, your residential address and your date of birth will be securely and confidentially forwarded to the Department for Child Protection.

If applicable, the Department for Child Protection will provide the Board with relevant child protection information, which the Board will take into account in conjunction with any relevant National Police History Check Information and any other information to determine your fitness for registration as a teacher.

For further information contact the staff of the Investigation Unit on (08) 8226 8811 and select 2.

Fitness and Propriety Declaration

Your response depends on the particular category of offence with which you have been charged.

If you have been charged with, or convicted of, an offence/s in the following categories you will need to declare this in the Fitness and Propriety Declaration of your Application for Renewal of Registration form and provide written details as to the nature and circumstances of the matter under confidential cover to the Registrar:

  • an offence for which imprisonment may be a penalty (whether or not a penalty of imprisonment was imposed);

or

  • any offence involving:
    • illicit drugs;
    • violence;
    • sexual or indecent behaviour;
    • dishonesty;
    • cruelty to animals. 

You will be asked to provide further information in a text box on the application form. You will be contacted if more information is required once your application has been reviewed. 

National Overseas Criminal History Record Check

Yes.  You are only required to provide a national overseas criminal history record check upon renewal if you have resided in any country “outside of Australia for more than 12 continuous months within your current term of registration (3 year period)”.  The check must be issued in the 12 months immediately prior to your registration expiry date. For detailed information, including which checks the Board will accept please refer to Overseas Criminal History Record Checks for further information.

The Board will only accept certain national overseas criminal history record checks for renewal of registration purposes.  To ensure you apply for an acceptable national overseas criminal history record check for renewal of registration purposes please refer to Overseas Criminal History Record Checks for further information.

Some countries require an applicant for a criminal history check to provide a letter of support from a requesting organisation. Countries which may require a letter of support include Austria, Bermuda, Curacao, Cyprus, East Timor, Fiji, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Singapore, United Kingdom, Thailand, Venezuela and Yemen. If you require a letter of support please lodge your request to the Teachers Registration Board by completing the form through the website here https://www.trb.sa.edu.au/ochrc. A letter of support for a criminal history record check will be prepared and forwarded.

The supporting letter will be emailed and posted to you.

No, we require a certified copy of your original document to be posted to us or lodged in person. Documents can be certified by either a Justice of the Peace or a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits (e.g. solicitor) or a Notary Public. We need a certified copy of the original and the translated version if the check is provided in a language other than English.

No, you should submit your renewal online and then post in a certified copy of your overseas police check once it arrives. If it is not going to arrive before 31/12/2017 please contact the Board. Your application for renewal of registration will not be progressed/finalised until the overseas police check has been received by the Board.

Are you planning on going overseas?

If you wish to maintain your South Australian Teacher Registration while overseas, you will need to continue to meet the requirements in order to renew your teacher registration. These requirements include the 60 hours of professional learning, mandatory notification training and the required teaching practice days. For more information on the teaching practice requirements you have with your particular teacher registration status (e.g. Provisional Registration or Full Registration) please click here

Please also note that if you reside in any country other than Australia, for more than 12 continuous months within your current term of registration, you will also need to provide original or certified copies of national overseas criminal history record checks from those countries. The check must be issued in the 12 months immediately prior to your registration expiry date.

Overseas Criminal History Record Checks can be time consuming and difficult to obtain once you are back in Australia and this will affect the time it takes to finalise an application. The TRB advises that you apply for a criminal history check while you are still residing in the overseas country, before your return to Australia.

No.  You are unable to place your renewal of registration on hold for any circumstances.

The Application for Renewal of Registration is available online via the Teacher Portal.  To use the portal, please register for an account. Once you have created your account, you will be able to log in to the portal at: https://online.trb.sa.edu.au/default.aspx

Please note that if you decide to apply for re-instatement of your registration in the future you may be subject to additional requirements before you can re-enter the register. Further information regarding previously registered teachers is available on our website at http://www.trb.sa.edu.au/previously-registered or you can contact the Board for further information about re-applying.

If you wish to apply for Renewal of Registration before the renewal period please contact us directly as soon as possible.

If you need to complete an update course, there is a free online update course available at Department for Education and Child Development. When you have finished the training you can forward the electronic certificate to the Board by emailing it to info@trb.sa.edu.au. If you are yet to complete a full day course in South Australia please contact the Board on 8226 2666 or email info@trb.sa.edu.au.

Transitioning from Provisional to (full) Registration

If you have not completed 200 days of teaching in the last five years then you can renew your Provisional Registration for a second renewal cycle at the end of this year.

If you have completed 200 days of teaching in the last five years it is recommended that you apply for full registration. If you have not completed the TPR process, you will need to provide an explanation on your renewal application as to why you have not complied with this requirement. On consideration of this, the Board may grant you one further term of provisional registration in which you will be expected to transition to (full) registration as soon as practicable.

If you are confident your TPR will be signed off by the end of the school year, please submit it before submitting your renewal. If it appears the evaluator will not sign off please put a note in the TPR reason text box of your application form to say when you expect it will be submitted. You MUST submit your renewal application form by 31 December 2017. You can submit your TPR paperwork once it is ready and a new certificate of registration will be issued even if you have just renewed your registration.

Professional Learning and Professional Practice Requirements

It is a requirement that all teachers complete 60 hours of professional learning within their current learning term. If there are extenuating circumstances as to why you are unable to meet this requirement, please contact the Board on 8226 2666 immediately.

Your current learning term begins from the date of your last renewal (or the date you were registered if it is your first renewal), up until 31/12/2017. Your next learning term will start from the date you renew this year.

Technically yes, but it will hold up renewal of your registration and we cannot guarantee your registration will be finalised by the expiry of your current registration on 31/01/2018. You will be in breach of the TRB Act if you teach unregistered.

Not if you complete it within your current learning term. It will not rollover. As soon as you renew from mid-October, your next learning term will begin and any professional learning completed from this date will count towards your next renewal.

Until 31 January 2018, you can keep your own records if you prefer, but you must ensure you are explaining how your learning connects to one or more of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

From 1 February 2018, you MUST enter your learning on the portal.

No, you just need to have completed the learning. You can go back in and enter your professional learning at a later date. Please note: The learning should be entered in time for the professional learning audit which will be conducted in February 2018.

If you hold full registration you need to have completed 60 days of teaching within your renewal cycle. If you have not completed 60 days of teaching but meet all other requirements to renew your registration you will still hold full registration but you will have a notation on your certificate saying “60 days employment as a teacher under Part 5 of the Act to be verified”. Once you have completed 60 days of teaching you can submit a statement of service to the Board and have the notation removed and a new certificate issued.

If you hold provisional registration you need to have completed 200 days of practice in order to apply for full registration. If you have not completed 200 days you can renew for a second term of registration on Provisional Registration with no minimum professional practice requirements.

The Board will be conducting audits of the professional learning and professional practice requirements. These audits will be managed by a random computer generation of applications submitted for renewal. The audits will be conducted after 1 February 2018 and will not delay your application for renewal of registration in any way.

As you are a currently registered teacher the Board is still obligated to send you information about your Renewal of Registration. However, if you should choose not to lodge your application, which is only available through the Teacher Portal, by the end of your term of registration your name will be removed from the register of teachers and you will receive no further correspondence from the Board.

Please note that if you decide to apply for re-instatement of your registration in the future you may be subject to additional requirements before you can re-enter the register. Further information regarding previously registered teachers is available on our website at https://www.trb.sa.edu.au/previously-registered or you can contact the Board for further information about re-applying.

Professional Learning

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Professional Learning Requirement

60 hours of professional learning referenced to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in each 3-year term of registration is a compulsory requirement for all registered teachers.

This minimum requirement applies regardless of whether; you are working full-time, part-time, or as a temporary relief teacher, are interstate or overseas, have been on leave from employment (e.g. parenting leave, long service leave, retired) or you are not employed as a teacher.

You must complete a total of 60 hours of professional learning within your 3-year term of registration, but the hours do not have to be evenly distributed between those years. 

Some employers will expect that you participate in professional learning on-site and/or in your own time. Any learning you do for this purpose can also be counted towards your 60 hours for registration requirements, as long as the activity meets the definition of professional learning given on the Professional Learning page.

You are encouraged to take ownership of your learning by using your professional judgement to seek out activities specific to your teaching circumstances. The information on the Professional Learning and Types of Professional Learning pages can help you determine the kinds of activities you could count and so find learning opportunities that are interesting and relevant to you and the students/children you are teaching now or into the future. Examples of possible resources can be found on the Professional Learning Resources page.

Professional learning does not have to be (but can certainly include) face-to-face and/or paid learning opportunities such as workshops and conferences. The definition of professional learning also includes self-directed learning such as online courses, professional reading, research, listening to podcasts, participating in webinars, etc. These types of professional learning activities would be particularly suited to those who are not teaching full-time or who are working in regional/remote areas. Check Types of Professional Learning for more examples.

You can choose from a broad range of professional learning opportunities and it is anticipated that a variety of learning opportunities will be undertaken depending on your particular circumstances. Please refer to Types of Professional Learning to find out about the many ways you can access your learning.

Recording and Evidencing Professional Learning

You need to keep both a summary record of your professional learning and supporting evidence for each learning activity you have recorded.

The Teachers Portal is the recommended tool for recording your professional learning as it is in one secure, online location. Please refer to Recording Professional Learning.

You also need to retain supporting evidence for completing each learning activity, such as a certificate, your own notes, a record of attendance, a reflection journal, etc. Please refer to Evidence of Professional Learning. It is recommended that you keep your evidence for at least a year after renewal

It is highly recommend that you use the Teachers Portal as it is an easy, secure way of tracking your professional learning online. The portal is also used to renew your registration online every 3 years and update your contact details with the Board instantly. You can find video tutorials about using the Teachers Portal, and information about the alternative methods for recording, on the Recording Professional Learning page.

Please do not submit your Professional Learning Summary Record unless requested by the Board. Each time you renew your registration you will be asked to self-declare whether you have completed at least 60 hours of professional learning within your term of registration. Following the renewal process the Board will conduct an audit of professional learning declarations and you will be asked to submit your summary record if you are randomly selected for inclusion in the audit.

You will be notified by email (or letter) and asked to submit your Professional Learning Summary Record to the Board by a specified due date. If you have been using the Teachers Portal to record your professional learning, the information will simply be downloaded by the Board on the due date. If you have been using the Board’s Word template, or your own method of recording, you will need to submit a signed and dated copy of your records to the Board by post or in-person before the due date. 

Please do not submit your actual pieces of supporting evidence to the Board unless specifically requested. These documents will not be accepted in place of a Professional Learning Summary Record. You will be contacted if further information is needed about your submission.

There are many alternative forms of evidence you can keep for learning activities where you don’t receive a certificate. These include your own notes, an attendance record, annotated handouts, a booking receipt, etc. Please refer to Evidence of Professional Learning for more examples.

If you have used the Teachers Portal to record your professional learning this information will remain available on the portal indefinitely. Within the My Professional Learning History tool you can toggle between your current and previous terms of registration to view and/or edit professional learning you have already recorded. You can also download and print off the Professional Learning Summary Record for each term of registration.

You must keep a Professional Learning Summary Record and supporting evidence. The record must provide a range of information, including a description in your own words of how you believe each learning activity could be linked to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

You do not need to have your Professional Learning Summary Record or supporting evidence signed by anyone. As the registered teacher you are responsible for ensuring the documentation of your own professional learning is complete and correct.

It is recommended that you break down your study program into more manageable “chunks” by recording separate entries for the individual modules or units you completed rather than the course as a whole. You will find it easier to adequately describe a link between specific topics and one or more of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) than trying to explain how the entire course could be connected to a large range of APST. This also allows you to record professional learning study hours even if you have not completed the course at the time of renewing your registration.

It is your professional judgement as to how many hours you allocate to your study. The course outline may include information about the expected time commitment. See the examples for Study on the Referencing Professional Learning to the Standards page.

Referencing Professional Learning to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST)

For each learning activity recorded towards the professional learning requirement, you need to be able to briefly describe, in your own words, how you have made a connection to one or more of the APST. For examples of this refer to Referencing Professional Learning to the Standards.

Some professional learning providers may nominate which of the APST they consider the learning activity relates. However, you still need to describe the link between the learning and one or more APST in your own words. 

Your description will generally only need to be one or two sentences long. You should assume that a person reading your Professional Learning Summary Record does not know your teaching context or the particular professional learning activity. Using your own words, specify how the learning activity was relevant to the APST and your professional growth as a teacher.

Please do not use acronyms, vague descriptions or list the focus areas for your learning activity. Refer to Referencing Professional Learning to the Standards for more information.

Each learning activity needs to address at least one of the APST but it is not compulsory to cover them all. 

The Focus Area Descriptors are there to help you unpack the APST and work out where your learning activity best fits. You only need to describe how the learning fits one or more of the APST, so focus areas are not required.

New Requirement for Teacher Registration from 2015

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Professional Practice

‘As described’ refers to the requirement under the Teachers Registration and Standards Act 2004 that a person employed as a teacher, principal or director at a school or prescribed service in South Australia (Directors in Long Day Care and Out of School Hours Care services are exempt) must be registered. 

A prescribed service means a registered kindergarten, preschool or centre-based Long Day Care service, including pre-school education (Out of School Hours Care services are exempt).

If you declare on your renewal application that you have not been able to undertake the 60 days employment as described and you meet all other application requirements including professional learning, you may be granted (full) Registration for a further term of three years with a notation; ‘60 days employment as a teacher under Part 5 of the Act to be verified’. 

Yes, you will still hold (full) Registration, which will enable you to undertake employment as a teacher, principal or director at a school or prescribed service as you are now (Directors in Long Day Care and Out of School Hours Care services are exempt). 

No, employment in another capacity will not fulfil the professional practice requirement for renewal of (full) Registration. The practice required must be undertaken whilst employed as a teacher, principal or director at a school or prescribed service (Directors in Long Day Care and Out of School Hours Care services are exempt). 

You do not submit your evidence on application for renewal (Refer to question: When do I submit evidence of meeting the professional practice requirement?).

The application for renewal of (full) Registration will include questions relating to the professional practice requirement. On application to renew, you will self-declare whether or not you have undertaken 60 days professional practice as described within your term of registration and retained supporting evidence to verify your declaration. 

An audit of a randomly selected number of applications will take place to ensure the declarations made by teachers of having met the professional practice requirement are supported by evidence. Teachers who are selected will be notified of their participation after their renewal of registration has been finalised. Those teachers will be asked to provide their evidence to the Board within 28 days of being notified of their inclusion in the audit.

Teachers are required to retain evidence supporting their professional practice for 12 months after renewing their registration.

You will need to provide a Statement of Service to the Board as evidence of undertaking 60 days of professional practice.

A statement of service is a statement signed and dated by a principal/director/site leader/employing authority detailing the dates of employment at the site(s). This statement must be on the official letterhead of the site/employing authority and include the following:

  • name and registration number of the teacher
  • classification of the position held by the teacher (e.g. teacher, coordinator, senior leader, principal, director etc.)
  • start and end dates of the appointment(s) and fraction(s) of time worked
  • name and contact details of the principal/director/site leader/employing authority.

Obtaining a Statement of Service

  • For South Australian DECD sites, you may be able to retrieve a Statement of Service from the Employee Information Kiosk or apply for a Statement of Service from DECD
  • For non-government sites, you will need to ask each site you have worked at for a signed Statement of Service on official school/prescribed service letterhead.

The Board does not receive teaching service information directly from employers, so it is your responsibility to obtain a Statement of Service as evidence of meeting the requirements. We can’t accept copies of employment contracts, payslips or any other documents in place of Statements of Service.

Please contact us if you’re unsure.

You can apply to have the notation removed on verification of 60 full-time equivalent days employment as a teacher, principal or director at a school in Australia or New Zealand or if appropriate a prescribed service in South Australia within their 3 year term of registration (Directors in Long Day Care and Out of School Hours Care services are exempt).

New Teacher Registration

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Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students in South Australia

All South Australian initial teacher education (ITE) student teachers who first enrol in a program from 1 January 2017 will be required to pass the test before graduation.

The Teachers Registration Board of South Australia understands that the test is a retrospective requirement and that on enrolment current ITE students did not have a requirement to sit this test. Therefore, while we encourage all currently enrolled ITE student teachers to take the test, in fairness, it will not be mandated for this group of student teachers.

In 2011 Australia’s Education Minsters agreed to implement the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures, which outline that ITE entrants will have personal literacy and numeracy skills broadly equivalent to those of the top 30 per cent of the adult population.

 

In their 2015 report, Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers, the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group recommended the introduction of a national literacy and numeracy test for ITE students.

 

All Education Ministers then agreed to amend the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures to make the national test the means through which higher education providers confirm that, before graduation, students possess levels of personal literacy and numeracy broadly equivalent to the top 30 per cent of the adult population.

 

You can read more about accreditation of ITE programs on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership website.

 

National and international literacy and numeracy frameworks were used to establish the level of competence which is broadly equivalent to the top 30 per cent of the population. This included the Australian Core Skills Framework which is the pre-eminent description of generic adult literacy and numeracy in Australia.

 

The test was trialled in 2014 with results benchmarked by experts to determine the mark required to meet the established standard. 

Higher education providers will provide guidance to students about when in their course they will need to sit the test. If you enrol in an ITE course from 1 January 2017 you will need to talk to your higher education provider for further details about when you will be required to sit the test.

ITE students will pay to sit the test. The literacy and numeracy components together (full test) cost $185. The literacy component is $92.50 and the numeracy component is $92.50.

No. The fee for sitting the test must be paid in full on registration for the test.

 

For more information on the test visit www.studentsfirst.gov.au/teacher-quality

ITE students who sat and passed the test in 2015 do not have to re-sit the test.

Early Childhood Teachers

You are taken to hold an approved early childhood teaching qualification if you were working in Term 4, 2011 in an approved service and acknowledged as an early childhood teacher by:

  • being recognised under the former Education and Care Services Law, or for the purposes of a preschool funding program as an early childhood teacher; or
  • holding a recognised qualification under the National Quality Framework; and are registered as a teacher under the Teachers Registration and Standards Act 2004 of South Australia.

If you are not employed as the early childhood teacher in the service you do not need to be registered.

No. You only need to be registered if you are employed as an early childhood teacher and hold an approved early childhood teaching qualification.

About New Teacher Registration

While you must be registered as a teacher, the Teachers Registration Board does not employ teachers. You can visit employer websites for information about application requirements and to find vacancies, or contact the relevant employing authority. Please refer to the employment information section for more details.

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You are issued a hard-copy Certificate of Teacher Registration each time you register or renew your registration (every three years). This certificate is formal evidence of your teacher registration and you may need to present it to an employer. You can check your registration number and expiry date on the online public register.

If you require a new copy of your certificate you can complete an Application for a Replacement Certificate of Registration. This application is not available electronically so please contact us to have one posted to you, or attend the Board’s office in-person.

When you fill out the application you will need to sign the enclosed statutory declaration, provide a certified copy of a current photo ID, and pay the replacement certificate fee of $25. Your new certificate will be sent to you by post (or you could collect it in-person). We cannot send you a faxed or scanned copy of your certificate.

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Authority to Teach letters are issued by the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) and are specific to employment as a teacher in the government sector. Please refer any queries about the Authority to Teach letter or the online Employable Teacher Register (ETR) application to DECD.

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Requirements for New Teacher Registration

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First Aid (BELS) is not a requirement for teacher registration.

First Aid is not a requirement for teacher registration. You should check with an employer about the type of training you need to complete and how often it is required. Employer contact details can be found in the employment information section.

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Fitness and Propriety

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Pursuant to Section 22 (2) (a) of the Act an applicant for registration (including renewal) must consent to the conduct by the Board of a police historycheck relating to the applicant. Therefore, when renewing your registration you will be required to consent to the conduct by the Teachers Registration Board of a police history check and pay the required fee.

The requirement for applicants to consent to the conduct by the Teachers Registration Board of a police history check relating to the applicant is contained within S22 (2) (a) of the Teachers Registration and Standards Act 2004. The police history check must be conducted by the Board, in line with these particular legislative requirements.

No. The National Police History Check is conducted electronically. No National Police History Check certificate is produced. The result is then endorsed on your Certificate of Teacher Registration.

The Board conducts fitness and probity checks, including a National Police History Check, for the purpose of teacher registration. The National Police History Check is undertaken electronically and no documentation is produced. Therefore, we cannot provide a copy of the outcome to you. The date of the check is printed on your Certificate of Teacher Registration and it is valid until the expiry date of your registration.

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If you have resided in any country other than Australia for more than 12 continuous months:

  • in the past 10 years while over the age of 18 (when making an Application for Teacher Registration or Application for a Special Authority to Teach); or
  • within your current 3-year term of registration (when making an Application for Renewal of Registration)

you will need to supply an appropriate overseas criminal history record check (OCHRC) that is no more than 12 months old.

Refer to the OCHRC requirements to see what kind of check you need and where to find more information.  You can request a supporting letter from the Board if you need one to apply for your OCHRC.

Qualifications

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I have a teaching qualification obtained overseas – how do I gain teacher registration in South Australia?

The first step is to complete an Application for Assessment of Qualifications form. If your qualifications are assessed as meeting the current prescribed requirements, you will be notified that you are eligible to apply for registration as a teacher. An Application for Registration form will be forwarded to you with your assessment report.

Yes, the Board needs to perform an independent assessment of your overseas qualifications to determine whether your qualifications meet the prescribed requirements for registration as a teacher in South Australia.

No, the Board needs to see a final academic transcript for each of your qualifications. If you do not have one, you need to contact the University that awarded the qualification and obtain your transcript.

In order for the Board to recognise your teaching qualification, we must see evidence of the duration of your supervised teaching practice. If you do not have this evidence, you need to obtain written information from the University that awarded your teaching qualification.

If you do not have a teaching reference, you should try to obtain one. If your employer cannot provide a reference, please ask your employer to state this in writing and submit this with your application.

Mandatory Notification Training

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I am currently employed as a teacher. My employer provides update courses (e.g. Responding to Abuse and Neglect (RAN) every three years. Are these courses acceptable for registration purposes? If I am unable to attend when it is offered at my site and my employer refers me to their preferred course provider, is this still acceptable for registration purposes?

Yes, 7-hour or 3-hour courses specifically offered by employers (at sites or by preferred providers) to meet Mandatory Notification training requirements are acceptable for registration purposes.

You need to complete a full day (7hr) Department for Child Protection approved Child Safe Environments - Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (formerly Mandatory Notification) course within the 12 month period prior to submitting your application.

Yes, as long as you submit your application for Teacher Registration within 2 years of completion of your teacher education program.

A full day Department for Child Protection approved Child Safe Environments - Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (formerly Mandatory Notification) course is required to be completed face-to-face in South Australia within the 12 month period prior to submission of your application.

A list of providers of the Child Safe Environments - Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (formerly Mandatory Notification) course is available in the Mandatory Notification page.

For registration purposes, you are required to complete a Department for Child Protection approved update of the Responding to Abuse and Neglect (formerly Mandatory Notification) course during each cycle of your registration. Details regarding providers offering this course are available on the Mandatory Notification page.

The requirement to do the Child Safe Environments - Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (formerly Mandatory Notification) is not connected to your employment status. Completion of this training is a requirement for registration under the  Teachers Registration and Standards Act 2004

During your initial cycle of registration you must complete a full day, 7-hour Department for Child Protection approved Child Safe Environments - Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (formerly Mandatory Notification) course for registration purposes, however employers may require you to complete the course before gaining employment.

Employer preferred providers are also listed on this website under the Mandatory Notification section. Please post a certified copy of the certificate gained at the completion of the course to the Teachers Registration Board as soon as you have completed the course.

In subsequent registration cycles you will need to complete a 3-hour update to your Mandatory Notification training undertaken within your current cycle of registration.

You have to complete a Child Safe Environments - Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (formerly Mandatory Notification) full day, 7-hour or update 3-hour course within 3 months of your return to South Australia and post a certified copy of the Certificate of Attendance to the Board. 

Yes and you can do so in one of the following ways: 

  • Post a copy of the certificate to the Teachers Registration Board.
  • If you completed the course at a site, the certificates can be posted in bulk to the Teachers Registration Board. Your certificate will be recorded on your file and returned to your site.
  • Provide a copy of your certificate with your application for renewal of teacher registration if applicable.

No. The Keeping Safe – Child Protection Curriculum Program  is a child protection curriculum initiative designed to be used with children and students. Further information about this program is available on the DECS website under Child Protection DECS website

All teachers in South Australia must undertake appropriate Mandatory Notification Training (MNT). Firstly, you must complete a full day (7 hour) face-to-face MNT course with a Department for Child Protection approved trainer to gain registration, and then complete updates to renew your registration.                                         

See the Mandatory Notification Training requirements to find out which course you need to do, when you need to complete it, and where you can access the training. You may also like to check with your employer if they have any other requirements.

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I am a currently registered teacher renewing my registration

Complete the free online refresher course:

When you have finished the training you can forward the electronic certificate to the Board by emailing it to info@trb.sa.edu.au or printing and posting it.

If you registered in South Australia under mutual recognition you did not need to complete the full day training before lodging your application.

However, you will need to complete an MNT course at some time during your first term of registration (up to 3 years) that is:

  • 7 hours in length (full day)
  • Completed face-to-face in South Australia
  • Facilitated by a Department for Child Protection approved training provider

You must lodge a certified copy of the certificate of completion before your renewal is due.

 

Complete the free online refresher course:

When you have finished the training you can forward the electronic certificate to the Board by emailing it to info@trb.sa.edu.au or printing and posting it.

In past registration cycles the update course for MNT was only available face-to-face, so if you weren’t living in South Australia you wouldn’t have been able to do the required update for previous renewals. As an acceptable update course is now available online, you can meet this requirement even if you are living interstate or overseas. 

You may have been living outside of SA at the time that it became a requirement to do MNT for teacher registration and so have not completed the approved full day course. You must complete the full day MNT course within 3 months of returning to SA.

If you are still living interstate or overseas, but would like to maintain your SA registration, you will need to provide a signed letter to the Board at the time of your renewal stating that you have not returned to SA and therefore have not been able to access the MNT to meet the condition on your registration.

Teacher Education Institution

Program Accreditation

Yes, notify the Board in writing of your intention to apply to submit a program for national accreditation so that timelines for the accreditation process can be negotiated with you – download a notification of intent to submit a program for accreditation form, complete it and forward it to the Board.

Applications for accreditation or re-accreditation* should be submitted to the Board according to agreed timelines but no later than eight months before the planned commencement of the program or at least eight months before the expiry of existing accreditation.

* The first national accreditation for a program will be considered as a first or initial accreditation and re-accreditation will occur usually after 5 years of national accreditation.

A separate application should be submitted for each program.

Documentation should include:

  • An application cover sheet Template A - in Guide to Accreditation process.
  • Templates B & C to structure the application – available from the Teachers Registration Board in electronic form
  • Course outlines as approved in institutional course-accreditation processes, whether internal or external
  • Further information as required that demonstrates how the program meets the program standards and how graduates will be assessed as achieving the Graduate Teacher Standards

For further information about submissions refer to the Standards and Procedures

The Teachers Registration Board of South Australia will convene an accreditation panel comprised of people trained in the national accreditation process. Each panel will undertake to assess the program against the national program and graduate teacher standards. The panel will provide a final accreditation report and recommendation to the Board.

The Board will make the decision to accredit or re-accredit the submitted program after giving consideration to the panel report and the Board’s legislative responsibilities. The Board will advise the provider in writing of its decision and any further information of relevance to the decision.

In general, programs will be accredited or re-accredited for a period of up to five years.

The Board will advise AITSL in writing of accredited programs and AITSL will update the national database accordingly.

Registered teachers

Transition from Provisional to (full) Registration FAQ

Types of Registration

Teachers with provisional registration have met the minimum requirements to become registered as a teacher, including qualification and fitness and propriety requirements. They are considered to have met the Graduate level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST).

Once a teacher has completed one year of full-time (or the part-time equivalent of 200 days) teaching experience in Australia or New Zealand within the last five years, and been assessed as meeting the Proficient level of the APST, they are expected to apply for (full) registration.

Your certificate of teacher registration will reflect your status, as well as any conditions or notations. ‘REGISTRATION’ means you have (full) registration status. The public register also reflects a teacher’s registration status, number, and expiry date.

If you hold provisional registration with conditions your eligibility to transition to (full) registration will depend on the nature of your conditions. Please contact the Board about your specific circumstances.

A Special Authority to Teach is not a form of teacher registration, so you are not able to apply for (full) registration. If you gain provisional registration after holding a Special Authority to Teach (e.g. on completion of an initial teacher education qualification) you may only start counting days of teaching service from the date you are granted provisional registration.

Moving to (full) registration is not an automatic process and you must complete an Application to Transition from Provisional to (full) Registration. You are eligible to apply for (full) registration once you have completed one year of full-time (or the part-time equivalent of 200 days) satisfactory teaching service in Australia or New Zealand in the last five years, and been assessed as meeting the Proficient level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

This certification is not undertaken by the Teachers Registration Board. Please contact the relevant employing authority.

Time frame to Apply for (full) Registration

You should apply for (full) registration as soon as practicable once you have completed one year of full-time (or the part-time equivalent of 200 days) satisfactory teaching service. You do not need to wait until the renewal period.

It is a condition of your provisional registration that if you are eligible to apply for (full) registration you will do so before your current term of registration is due to expire. You can have up to two 3-year terms of provisional registration to complete the required teaching service to apply for (full) registration.

It has always been an expectation that teachers with provisional registration would apply for (full) registration when eligible. The new requirements were effective from 1 January 2013 and are not retrospective.

That is, the first time you registered or renewed your registration in 2013 or later is considered to be your initial 3-year term of provisional registration under these new requirements. If you do not complete the required satisfactory teaching service and achieve (full) registration within that initial 3-year term you can apply for one further 3-year term of provisional registration.

If you haven’t been able to undertake sufficient teaching service by the end of your first 3-year term of provisional registration you can apply for renewal of provisional registration for one further 3-year term as long as you meet all other renewal requirements. It is anticipated you will complete the teaching service requirement and apply for (full) registration within that second 3-year term of registration.

If you are unable to achieve (full) registration within that timeframe you will not be permitted to renew your provisional registration again, but must apply under a modified process.

If you have completed one year of full-time (or the part-time equivalent of 200 days) satisfactory teaching service within the last five years you are expected to apply for (full) registration before your renewal of registration is due.

If you are eligible for (full) registration but fail to complete the transition to (full) registration process prior to your renewal date you will need to provide an explanation on your renewal application as to why you have not complied with this requirement. On consideration of this, the Board may grant you one further term of provisional registration in which you will be expected to transition to (full) registration as soon as practicable.

Moving to (full) registration is not an automatic process and you must submit an Application to Transition from Provisional to (full) Registration. Additionally, if you previously held (full) registration but allowed the registration to expire for a period of time you would have been granted provisional registration upon re-applying. 

Application Process

If you have completed one year of full-time (or the part-time equivalent of 200 days) satisfactory teaching service within the last five years you are expected to apply for (full) registration before your renewal of registration is due.

If you are eligible for (full) registration but fail to complete the transition to (full) registration process prior to your renewal date you will need to provide an explanation on your renewal application as to why you have not complied with this requirement. On consideration of this, the Board may grant you one further term of provisional registration in which you will be expected to transition to (full) registration as soon as practicable.

Renewal of registration is:

  • for continuing your registration past the next expiry date;
  • a requirement for all registered teachers, regardless of registration status;
  • completed every three years; and
  • undertaken in the renewal period at least one month prior to the expiry date.

Transition to (full) registration is:

  • for changing your registration status;
  • a requirement for teachers with provisional registration;
  • usually completed only once; and
  • undertaken at a time when the requirements have been met.

On approval of your Application to Transition from Provisional to (full) Registration only your registration status will change – not the expiry date – so you will still need to renew your registration at least one month before its next expiry date. 

There is no fee to transition to (full) registration. However, this process will change only your registration status – not the expiry date – so you will still need to apply and pay for your renewal of registration at least one month before its next expiry date.

If you are a temporary relief teacher (TRT) it is recommended that you complete the evaluation at a site you work with regularly. It is suggested that you establish a rapport with an appropriate person at that site e.g. Coordinator, Assistant Principal, Deputy Principal to negotiate a process.

Other

If you haven’t been able to undertake sufficient teaching service by the end of your first 3-year term of provisional registration you can apply for renewal of provisional registration for one further 3-year term as long as you meet all other renewal requirements. It is anticipated you will complete the teaching service requirement and apply for (full) registration within that second 3-year term of registration.

If you are unable to achieve (full) registration within that timeframe you will not be permitted to renew your provisional registration again, but must apply under a modified process.

Moving to (full) registration is not an automatic process and you must submit an Application to Transition from Provisional to (full) Registration. Additionally, if you previously held (full) registration but allowed the registration to expire for a period of time you would have been granted provisional registration upon re-applying. 

This certification is not undertaken by the Teachers Registration Board. Please contact the relevant employing authority.