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Proposed Regulation Consultation

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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Renewal

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

Read about how to create a portal account.

Read about how to access your Renewal of Application on the portal and what you will need before you begin.

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 12th October.

Your teacher registration is active until 31 January of the third year following your last registration or renewal. Prior to your registration expiry date, you can apply to renew it for a further three years. You can check your expiry date on the public register.

The due date for renewal is one month before your registration expires 31 December. Your application may be accepted up until 31 January of the following year 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 31/01/2023 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 2021.

All requirements need to be met before registration is granted, including the completion of your Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check, 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 12/10/2020 – 31/12/2020. 

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 an 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.
(i.e. ‘Responding to Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care’)
The required online update course is available for teachers due to renew in 2019 & 2020 at Department for Education.

 

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. 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. 

All teachers in South Australia must undertake appropriate Mandatory Notification Training (MNT). You must first 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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Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks

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

No. Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check is conducted by way of electronic data exchange. The Teachers Registration Board is unable to provide a copy of the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check. The results are endorsed on your Certificate of Teacher Registration.

Depending on individual circumstances, a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check may vary from several days to several weeks to be cleared.  Please submit your Application for Renewal of Registration prior to 31/12/2020 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.

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.

You must upload a certified copy of your overseas police check with your online renewal of application. You will not be able to complete your renewal application without this.

If your overseas police check is not going to arrive before 31/12/2020 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. 

Yes.  For renewal of registration purposes, you can email your overseas police check to us. It MUST be a certified copy of your original document.

If you are in Australia it must be certified by a Justice of the Peace.

If you are currently overseas your documents can be certified by either a Justice of the Peace or a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits (e.g. a solicitor) or a Notary Public.

We require a certified copy of the original and the translated version if the check is provided in a language other than English.

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 100 hours of professional learning (during the five-year term), 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 note: it may be possible to renew your registration with a notation on your certificate if you are unable to complete the teaching practice requirement.

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.

You can complete the mandatory notification requirements online. Please follow this link to complete the required training. Please email the Board if you would like to confirm your requirements at renewal@trb.sa.edu.au

TPR renewal

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 2020. 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 8253 9700 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 31/12/2020. 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 31/01/2021. 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.

The requirement to enter your professional learning on the portal came in on 1 February 2018 and you must now enter your learning on the portal. Please ensure you explain how your learning connects to one or more of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

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 2020.

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 2021 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

professional development

Professional Learning Requirement

 

100 hours of professional learning referenced to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers during each five-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 100 hours of professional learning within your five-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 100 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.

Professional learning must be recorded on the Teachers Portal. 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

Yes, it is a requirement that you enter your professional learning on the Teachers Portal.

You will be notified by email (or letter) if you are selected for the audit. Time will be given for you to update your professional learning record if required. The Board will then access the information on the Teachers Portal on the due date. You will be contacted if further information about your submission is required. You do not need to submit your actual pieces of supporting evidence to the Board unless specifically requested.

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.

The professional learning information on the Teachers Portal  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 record a minimum of 60 hours of your learning on the Teachers Portal in the Professional Learning Summary Record and keep your supporting evidence for at least a year after each period of registration. 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 recording of your own professional learning is complete and correct on the Teachers Portal.

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 (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).

New Teacher Registration

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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. 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 Register of Teachers.

If you require a new copy of your certificate you can complete an Application for a Replacement Certificate of Registration. This application form is not available online. Please contact us to have one emailed to you.

You will be required to complete the application form, have the statutory declaration signed by a Justice of the Peace, provide a certified copy of photo identification (signed by the same Justice of the Peace) and pay the replacement certificate fee of $30. Applications must be submitted by post or in person. Scanned or faxed applications cannot be accepted.

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 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 the Department for Education.

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Requirements for New Teacher Registration

Working with Children Check

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On 1 July 2019, a Working with Children Check (WWCC) became a mandatory requirement for anyone in South Australia who works with children.

Teachers due to renew 

Teachers who are due to renew by 31 December 2021 should consider applying for a WWCC now as they can take more than 6 weeks to be issued. Teachers will not be able to lodge their renewal application form without a current WWCC.

You will need to apply for a WWCC through the Central Assessment Unit of the Department of Human Services before you lodge your renewal application.

Holders of a current DHS Child-related Screening Clearance

You are deemed to hold a WWCC for the period the DHS Child-related Screening Clearance (DHS Clearance) is valid. Prior to the expiry of this check, you will be required to apply for a WWCC.

If you have a valid working with children check or a DHS child-related screening clearance that you obtained as a student or for volunteering purposes, it can be used for teacher registration.

However, if you start paid work that requires a working with children check, you need to apply for a new working with children check within 28 days of starting the paid work. You only need to do this if the paid work with children will be for more than seven days in a calendar year.

Before you start your application, check with your organisation if they are paying for the new check or if it is your responsibility.

You must apply for a WWCC through the Central Assessment Unit of the Department of Human Services. WWCC are valid for five years from the date of issue. Please contact the CAU with all enquiries about applying for a WWCC.

The Working with Children Check is a new requirement under the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 Act to further improve checks on people who work or volunteer with children.

A WWCC is an ongoing assessment of a person's eligibility to work or volunteer with children and involves a check of person's national criminal history (including all spent convictions, pending and non-conviction charges) and other disciplinary and police information.

It is a prevention and monitoring system of people working with children in South Australia and enables immediate action to be taken if a person is charged with a concerning offence.

As a result of the 2016 Nyland Royal Commission into child protection, the South Australian Government introduced the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016. The Working with Children Check (WWCC) is a new requirement brought in under this Act, to further improve checks on people who work or volunteer with children.

The purpose of the WWCC is to contribute to the creation of safe and supportive environments for children and young people when receiving services and participating in activities which are essential to their development and wellbeing.

You will not be required to have a WWCC while your DHS clearance is valid. Prior to the DHS clearance expiring you will need to apply for a Working with Children Check.

Yes. A requirement for teacher registration under Part 5, section 21 of the Teachers Registration and Standards Act 2004 (the Act), is that an applicant is a fit and proper person to be registered as a teacher. In fulfilment of this duty the Board has been given the ability to screen, monitor and assess the suitability of people to be, or continue to be, registered teachers.

A Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (police check) is conducted as part of the Board’s duty to ensure that only fit and proper persons are, and continue to be, registered as teachers.

The Board will continue its current assessment processes which are in addition to the WWCC, such as offences such as fraud, drug related; incapacity or health concerns; teaching incompetence.

A Police Check is a collation of police and conviction history information about an individual that has been determined releasable by Australia’s police agencies. The police check involves processing an individual’s biographic details, including name and date of birth, against information held by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) through the National Police Checking Service Support System.

The Board is an accredited body pursuant to its Agreement with ACIC. This means that police check information is disclosed directly to the Teachers Registration Board by the (ACIC).

Police checks are important because they help protect the community by providing accredited bodies like the Teachers Registration Board with information to inform decision making. They are used by the Board to ensure applicants are of good character and they minimise the risk of granting registration to an unsuitable person.

Police checks are valid at the time the information is released by police.

The Working with Children Check and a Police Check are two different checks.

Part 2 – Objects, principles and guidelines of the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016, Section 3 – Object and principles, part 4 (c) states:

 (4) The following principles must be taken into account in connection with the administration, operation and enforcement of this Act:

        (c) a working with children check is not a determination of a person's suitability to work with children and                   cannot be relied on as such, and in particular—

                         (i) a working with children check that does not result in a person being prohibited from working                                 with children is not proof of good character; and

                        (ii) a working with children check that does not result in a person being prohibited from working                                 with children is not proof that the person does not pose a risk to children;

Question

Working with Children Check

Police Check

How does it work?

The Working with Children Check is an ongoing assessment of a person’s eligibility to work or volunteer with children based on their known past police and disciplinary information.

A Police Check is only current at the time of issue and is a list of offences from a person’s criminal history which can be disclosed.

There is no assessment or investigation made by a government agency.

What does it check?

The WWCC involves an assessment of information to ensure a person’s fitness to work with children. For example:

  • child protection information
  • disciplinary action
  • spent convictions
  • information sourced from professional registration bodies
  • pending charges
  • findings of guilt as well as non-conviction charges
  • the context and circumstances of any offending
  • the seriousness and relevance of any conviction(s).

 

The WWCC also includes a check of a person’s national criminal history (including withdrawn, spent1, non-convictions), charges (including pending2, withdrawn, dismissed, acquitted) and non-conviction3 charges), and other disciplinary and police information. This information is collected from sources in Australia.

This information is only disclosed to the Board if it relates to a person’s fitness to work with children. Under the CAU agreement with ACIC, matters relating to fitness and probity revealed in this check are not disclosable to any other organisation including the Teachers Registration Board.

For example, if a teacher who applies for a WWCC has been charged with defrauding a school, the CAU would not be able to disclose this to the Board and the person would still be issued a WWCC as this charge does not relate to the person’s fitness to work with children. However, the Board does need this information as this is a matter of fitness and probity concerning their suitability to be a registered teacher, therefore, the Board conducts their own police check.

To find out further details on what the WWCC assesses, visit the DHS website here.

The Police Check helps the Board ensure that only fit and proper persons are, or continue to be, registered as teachers.

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and other Australian Police Agencies will disclose to the Board, police history information that pertains to you from their own records including some spent convictions.

How far back does the check go?

The check considers all relevant offences across a person’s lifetime.

Some offences cannot be disclosed, depending on when they were committed.

How long is it valid?

A Working with Children Check is valid for five years unless suspended or cancelled.

Only current at the time of issue.

Are criminal records monitored?

Yes. Ongoing monitoring of WWCC holders and applicants is conducted which enables action to be taken to protect children and young people if the person is charged with a concerning offence, including the cancelling of a check.

No. A police check is a point of time check. A new police check will be needed to show any new offences.

Notes:

A spent conviction is one that does not need to be ordinarily declared.

A pending charge is a charge that has not yet been decided by a court.

A non-conviction charge is a charge that has been finalised by a court but did not result in a conviction. For example, a charge: that has been withdrawn; that has been the subject of a nolle prosequi; a no true bill or a submission of no evidence to offer; that led to a conviction that was quashed on appeal; or upon which a person was acquitted or disposed of by a court otherwise than by way of conviction.

First aid

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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 criminal record check 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 Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check and pay the required fee.

The requirement for applicants to consent to the conduct by the Teachers Registration Board of a criminal record check relating to the applicant is contained within S22 (2) (a) of the Teachers Registration and Standards Act 2004. A Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check must be conducted by the Board, in line with the legislative requirements

No. The Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check is conducted electronically. No criminal record 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 Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check, for the purpose of teacher registration. The Nationally Coordinated Criminal 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 training provides teachers with the skills to deliver the curriculum to children and young people. Further information about this program is available on the Department for Education website.

All teachers in South Australia must undertake appropriate Mandatory Notification Training (MNT). You must first 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

The free online Fundamentals course (formerly known as an update or refresher course) is available here. Teachers who are due to renew their registration by 31 December 2021 need to complete this course OR have a certificate showing they have completed a RAN update with an expiry date of 31 December 2024.

You can email your online Fundamentals certificate of completion to the Board at any time before your renewal of registration is due. If you include your teacher registration number (6 digits) when accessing the course, the TRB will be advised that you have completed the requirement and the date you did so. Your TRB records will be updated accordingly and you will not need to take any further action.

If you did not include your registration number when accessing the course, please forward the electronic certificate to the Board by emailing it to renewal@trb.sa.edu.au or print and post it to PO Box 3649 Rundle Mall 5000.

If you registered in South Australia under mutual recognition you did not need to complete mandatory notification training before lodging your application for registration.

However, you will need to have completed the mandatory notification training at some time during your first term of registration (up to 3 or shortly to be 5 years) that is:

  • a certified copy of the full day (7hr) training course (if completed online, please forward the email from trainer with your certificate attached) OR
  • a certified copy of the full day training of the Child Safe-Environment – Through their Eyes (previously CSE) completed within the last twelve months OR
  • completed the Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care (RRHAN-EC) training Please note: this will need to include the Online Fundamentals course as well as the Masterclass Workshop. Your certificate will show “Full certification”.

You must lodge a certified copy of the certificate of completion before your renewal is due OR if all training has been completed online please forward the email with the certificate attached from the provider to renewal@trb.sa.edu.au for your records to be updated.

You may have been residing outside of SA at the time that it became a requirement to do mandatory notification training for teacher registration and therefore not completed the then approved full day course. You must complete the current mandatory notification training requirements within 3 months of returning to SA.

As it is now possible to complete the mandatory notification training online, you can undertake the Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care (RRHAN-EC) training Please note: this will need to include the Online Fundamentals course (2 hours) as well as the Masterclass Workshop (4 hours) which is available online or face-to face. Your certificate will show “Full certification”. Once this mandatory notification training has been completed and your certificate provided to the Board the condition on your registration will be removed.

Teacher Education Institution

Program Accreditation

Yes. Please contact the Project Officers, Professional Standards to advise of your intentions and discuss appropriate timelines for submission of your documentation. Please note that accreditation submissions should be submitted to the Board at least 8 months before the intended commencement date of the program. Project Officers will provide advice and assistance on the format of your submission.

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 usually occur after 5 years of national accreditation.

A separate application should be submitted for each program.

Documentation should include:

  • Template 1 - Coversheet - captures program information and declaration
  • Template 2 - Program Standards Matrix - captures a map of evidence against the Program Standards
  • Template 3 - Graduate Standards Matrix - captures a map of evidence against the Graduate Teacher Standards
  • Template 4 - Plan for demonstrating impact - describes the performance and outcomes measures that will be collected, reported, and relied upon to demonstrate the impact of a program

and can be accessed here

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 past 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. The Teachers Registration Board of SA’s public Teacher Register is annotated with Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher (HALT) details.

Teacher registration certificates will show your current certification status i.e. Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher status.

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.

If you haven’t been able to undertake sufficient teaching service by the end of your five-year term of Provisional Registration you can apply under an extended transition process.

Seek early assistance by contacting the TRB office to discuss your particular circumstances.

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.

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

Renewal of registration is:

  • continuing your registration past the next expiry date, without which you cannot teach;
  • a requirement for all registered teachers, regardless of registration status;
  • 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. This process will change your registration status only, not your registration renewal date. 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.

Transition from Provisional to (full) Registration

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The majority of teachers are first registered with Provisional Registration. To apply to transition to (full) Registration you need to have completed 200 days full-time (or the part-time equivalent) satisfactory teaching service within the past 5 years, and have achieved the Proficient level in each of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Once you have met those requirements you need to complete an Application to Transition from Provisional to (full) Registration. See our information about transition from Provisional to (full) Registration to find out more about the application process and when you should complete it.

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