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Changes to Registration - FAQs

Teacher Registration

The three-year registration term will be replaced by a five-year registration term. After mid-2021, three-year terms will no longer be offered when a teacher renews following their current registration period. This means teachers will only have to renew their registration every five years. The date that a registration expires will remain the same, being 31 January.

Under the Teachers Registration & Standards Act 2004 teachers in South Australia were registered for three years. The Teachers Registration and Standards (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2020 has allowed the Board to move to a five-year term of registration.

This will bring South Australia in line with the requirements for nationally consistent teacher registration agreed to by the Ministerial Council in 2011. Many states and territories in Australia now have a five-year term of teacher registration.

Yes. It is a condition of registration that a registered teacher must give written notice to the Board within 14 days if any of the following occur:

  • you are charged or convicted of certain offences
  • you are dismissed, or resign from employment as a practising teacher in response to allegations of unprofessional conduct, including incompetency
  • you are dismissed, or resign from any employment in response to allegations of improper conduct relating to a child.

It is also a condition of registration that if a registered teacher:

  • becomes a prohibited person: or
  • more than five years have elapsed since a Working With Children Check has been conducted in relation to the teacher,

the teacher must give written notice of that fact to the Board within 14 days.

It is also an offence to fail to advise the Board of a change in name or address within 28 days.

Fees

Yes. Previously the application fee and annual fee were merged so that teachers only paid one fee. The separation of fees must occur, as for the first time, registration fees can be paid in yearly instalments, up to a maximum of five years.

There has been no change to fees since 14 August 2014 however the cost of providing registration services has increased significantly in this time. The separation of fees has been introduced by the Teachers Registration and Standards (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2020 to assist with these costs.

The Board allocates considerable resources to the application process for both new registrants and renewing teachers to ensure that teachers are qualified, and fit and proper persons to hold teacher registration. New applications involve greater initial verification of matters and therefore take more time to process.

The fee structure has been set out in the Teachers Registration and Standards Regulations 2021 which will take effect from 1 July 2021, subject to the transitional provisions.

The fees will consist of an Application Fee, which must be paid up front, and an Annual Fee, which can be paid either in total for the full five years or on an annual basis.

The fees are set out here
 

There is no direct discount. However, as fees are subject to indexation on an annual basis you will avoid any increase made to the fees through indexation across the five-year term of your registration.

Yes, failure to pay your annual fee on time will incur a $75 fee. You will recieve email reminders before your annual fee payments are due.

If you fail to pay your annual fee, your registration will lapse. You will be considered non-financial and will be unable to teach until the outstanding fees are paid.

More information on fees can be found here

Yes, there are additional fees for late renewal applications. You are required to submit your renewal application by 31 December, one month before the expiry date (31 January). If you submit your application within one month before the expiry date you will incur a $25 fee. If your application is submitted within the first month after expiry you will incur a $100 fee. You cannot renew your registration more than one month after it has expired and you will be required to submit a new application for registration. 

More information on fees can be found here

 

If you do not pay your annual registration fee on time (by 31 January in each year), your registration will lapse. This will be noted on the Register of Teachers and you will be unable to teach until the outstanding fee and an additional late payment fee of $75 are paid.

You will receive more than one reminder from the Teachers Registration Board that your annual fee is due. Approximately two months from when it is due you will receive a notification and again one month before it is due. You will also receive notifications regarding late payments.

If your registration lapses for non-payment of fees at any time during your five-year registration term you will be required to pay all outstanding fees to reinstate your registration. Unlike other States and Territories, we do not cancel your registration for non-payment of an annual fee. Your registration merely lapses while fees are outstanding. This means you do not have to reapply for registration and recommence the process.

You are no longer required to pay the annual registration fee. However, if your registration expires and you choose to reapply for teacher registration at a later date you will be required to apply as a previously registered teacher and you may be subject to additional requirements.

If at any stage during your five-year registration term you decide to retire, it is up to you if you wish to keep your registration current through the payment of annual fees.

Fees for a Special Authority to Teach are set out in the Teachers Registration and Standards Regulations 2021.

The Special Authority to Teach Application fee is $260 for an initial 12 month period, plus $110 for each additional 12 month period for which the special authority is to be in force.

More information on fees can be found here.

Other fees that have been introduced or updated by the Amendment Act are:

  • Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC)                        $25
  • Fee for replacement of certificate of registration                                       $30
  • Application fee for assessment of qualifications for registration                $130
  • Applications for accreditation of Initial Teacher Education programs        $2,500*

*only applies to the providers of higher education ITE programs – not to graduates or students

The cost to teachers for the criminal history check fee has not changed since it was first introduced in 2005. The proposed fee ensures all teachers are fit and proper persons to teach by officer review of a teacher’s criminal history.

There is a new fee payable by providers of ITE programs for each individual higher education program lodged for accreditation.

The Board is responsible for accrediting ITE programs delivered by South Australian providers in accordance with a nationally consistent process. This process is complex and rigorous. It involves the establishment of a panel of nationally trained panellists with expertise as teachers, ITE providers and teacher employers. The process can take up to eight months from the lodgement of applications until final approval by the Board.

Previously, the Board did not have authority to charge for accreditation of ITE programs and the full cost was covered by teacher registration fees. Due to changes to the Act the Board will now charge a fee of $2,500 for accreditation of ITE programs. This is similar to fees charged by teacher regulatory authorities in other states and territories.

The proposed start date for these changes is 1 July 2021. You will be advised of the precise date of commencement of the Amendment Act.

Application and Annual registration fees will be subject to annual indexation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The indexed increase will be applied to application and annual fees on 1 February each year.

During your current three-year registration term, you will not be required to pay any further fees. When you next renew your registration, it will be for a five-year term.

Renewal

Nothing has changed. You are required to lodge your application for renewal of registration by the close of the renewal period, which is the 31 December of the year prior to when your registration is due to expire.

If you lodge your application after the close of the renewal period, after 31 December and before the 31 January of the following year, the total payable application fee is $100 (instead of $75). If applications for renewal are made after the expiry of the registration, 1 February to 28 February, the total payable application fee will be $175. These dates are mandated by legislation.

Once your term of registration ends, you are no longer required to pay the annual registration fee. If you wish to remain registered, you must renew your registration by the expiry date. If you do not renew your registration before the expiry date you will be removed from the Register of Teachers and you will be unable to be employed as a teacher in South Australia. If you choose to reapply for teacher registration at a later date, you will be required to apply as a previously registered teacher and you may be subject to additional requirements.

The WWCC requirements remain the same. You must contact the Department of Human Services to obtain a WWCC. Find out more about the WWCC here.

No. The WWCC is current for five years from the date it is issued while a five-year term of teacher registration will always commence on 1 February each year. The Board does not administer the WWCC – refer to the Department of Human Services.

A NCCHC will be conducted on initial application of teacher registration and at every five-year renewal of registration. Of course, all registrants are subject to ongoing competency and fitness and propriety requirements.

Completion of MNT training has been part of the renewal and application process for teachers since 2006. The proposed Regulations include identical provisions regarding applicants for teacher registration being required to have completed MNT in the 12 months prior to applying for registration or renewal of registration; and providing proof of this.

The proposed changes do not impact on the MNT requirements. Read them here. However, this provision is currently being considered for amendment.

Note: Special authority to teach (SAT) holders will still be required to have satisfactorily completed a mandatory notification course during the 12 months prior to when an application for a special authority to teach is made. This requirement is imposed as Board policy.

Special Authority Holders

Fees for a Special Authority to Teach are set out in the Teachers Registration and Standards Regulations 2021.

The Special Authority to Teach Application fee is $260 for an initial 12 month period, plus $110 for each additional 12 month period for which the special authority is to be in force.

More information on fees can be found here.

Initial Teacher Education Program Accreditation

There is a new fee payable by providers of ITE programs for each individual higher education program lodged for accreditation.

The Board is responsible for accrediting ITE programs delivered by South Australian providers in accordance with a nationally consistent process. This process is complex and rigorous. It involves the establishment of a panel of nationally trained panellists with expertise as teachers, ITE providers and teacher employers. The process can take up to eight months from the lodgement of applications until final approval by the Board.

Previously, the Board did not have authority to charge for accreditation of ITE programs and the full cost was covered by teacher registration fees. Due to changes to the Act the Board will now charge a fee of $2,500 for accreditation of ITE programs. This is similar to fees charged by teacher regulatory authorities in other states and territories.

Mandatory Notification Training

Completion of MNT training has been part of the renewal and application process for teachers since 2006. The proposed Regulations include identical provisions regarding applicants for teacher registration being required to have completed MNT in the 12 months prior to applying for registration or renewal of registration; and providing proof of this.

The proposed changes do not impact on the MNT requirements. Read them here. However, this provision is currently being considered for amendment.

Note: Special authority to teach (SAT) holders will still be required to have satisfactorily completed a mandatory notification course during the 12 months prior to when an application for a special authority to teach is made. This requirement is imposed as Board policy.

Working with Children Checks

The WWCC requirements remain the same. You must contact the Department of Human Services to obtain a WWCC. Find out more about the WWCC here.

No. The WWCC is current for five years from the date it is issued while a five-year term of teacher registration will always commence on 1 February each year. The Board does not administer the WWCC – refer to the Department of Human Services.

Transitioning to full Registration

Transition to full registration is not in the current Regulations and is a matter of Board policy.

No. Applications to transition from Provisional to full registration will be processed without a fee and a replacement certificate will be issued at no cost once the process is successfully completed.

Yes. Provisionally registered teachers are required to move to full registration in their first five-year term of registration. This requirement will bring South Australia in line with the requirements for nationally consistent teacher registration agreed to by the Ministerial Council in 2011.

For teachers who are unable to meet the requirements to move to full registration in their first five-year term of registration, due to exceptional circumstances, there is provision for them to make application under a modified process for renewal of their registration. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the individual circumstances of the teacher.

You can read the proposed Transition from Provisional to full registration Policy here.

Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers

No. The Board does not undertake the certification of HALT teachers. This will continue to be administered by the South Australian Teacher Certification Committee (SATCC).

However, the Board now annotates the Register of Teachers to reflect a teacher’s Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher career status for the period of their certification. This status will also be recognised on their certificate of teacher registration. Once a teacher has been granted certification by the SATCC, a new certificate will be issued at no cost to the teacher. The annotation of the Register will remain when a teacher successfully renews their certification status and will be removed when the teacher’s certification lapses.

Certificates with HALT status will be issued from mid-2021.

Professional Learning

You will be required to have completed a minimum of 100 hours of professional learning over the five-year registration term. (Previously, the requirement was 60 hours of professional learning over the three-year registration term.) You are not required to undertake 20 hours each year, however it is recommended you spread the hours across the five years.

Professional Practice

You will be required to have completed 100 days of professional practice during your five-year registration term. (Previously the requirement was to undertake 60 days of professional practice during the three-year registration term.)

Prescribed Offences

As currently occurs, the Registrar is authorised to suspend the registration of a teacher if the Registrar becomes aware that the teacher has been charged with a prescribed offence.

Some new prescribed offences have been added to the proposed Regulations to further enhance the safety of children. These offences of stalking, unlawful threats, domestic violence, and property damage. Please read the Teachers Registration and Standards Regulations 2021 for a full list of prescribed offences. 

This list of prescribed offences closely mirrors those specified under Working With Children legislation which automatically prohibits a person from working with children if they are found guilty of a prescribed offence.

Regulations That Haven't Changed

  • Proposed Regulation 3 - Interpretation
  • Proposed Regulation 6 - Exemption from requirement to be registered
  • Proposed Regulation 7 - Prescribed qualifications, experience, and requirements for registration as a teacher
  • Proposed Regulation 8 - Assessment by Teachers Registration Board of teaching qualifications
  • Proposed Regulation 10 - Replacement of certificate of registration
  • Proposed Regulation 11 - Specified amount to accompany a special authority to teach application
  • Proposed Regulation 12 - Exemptions from Working With Children Check requirements
  • Proposed Regulation 13 - Mandatory notification course to be completed before special authority to teach granted
  • Proposed Regulation 17 - Waiver of fees

Required information to be provided by employers to the Board relating to unprofessional conduct, incapacity or incompetence, is no longer included in the proposed Regulations. It is a matter determined by the Board and the Board will require:

  • name, address and teacher registration number
  • name and address of the school or other place at which the teacher is employed
  • names and addresses of all persons who may be able to give material evidence
  • provide details describing the circumstances leading to the notification being made
  • the employment status of the teacher
  • if the teacher has separated from employment or been suspended from teaching, a copy of the letter of dismissal/resignation and/or the letter of teacher suspension; and
  • the status of any investigation and/or disciplinary process.
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