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Fit and Proper

To be registered as a teacher, a person must be assessed as a fit and proper person, pursuant to section 4 of the Act.

There is no single infallible test regarding what constitutes a ‘fit and proper’ person and the term is not defined in the Act.  The concept of a ‘fit and proper’ person is fundamental in many professions as it is used to determine a person’s honesty, integrity and reputation in order to confirm that they are fit and proper for the role they are undertaking.   In terms of the teaching profession (including Special Authority holders) ‘fit and proper’ means a person whose character, reputation and conduct are such that the person should be allowed to teach in a school or in an early childhood service.