Frequently Asked Questions
‘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 (Directors in Long Day Care and Out of School Hours Care services are exempt) must be registered.
Please note: During a three year term of registration (offered prior to 1 July 2021), the required number of days is 60. During the new five-year term of registration, 100 days (an average of 20 days per year) is the requirement.
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 required number of 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 five years with a notation; ‘100 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 the required days of 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 required days of professional practice (60 days during a three-year term and 100 days across the new five-year term).
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 Department for Education sites, you may be able to retrieve a Statement of Service from the Employee Information Kiosk or apply for a Statement of Service from the Department for Education.
- 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 the full-time equivalent of the required days of employment as a teacher, principal or director at a school or prescribed service in Australia or New Zealand within your term of registration (Directors in Long Day Care and Out of School Hours Care services are exempt).