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 3 years. You can check your expiry date on the public register.
The due date for renewal is one month before your registration expires. For example, if your registration expiry date is 31 January 2020, you must meet all renewal requirements and lodge your Application for Renewal of Registration by 31 December 2019.
The Teachers Portal is an invaluable tool for your renewal of registration, and it's easy to sign up for an account. You can use the portal to update your contact details and access your Application for Renewal of Registration. You must use the portal to record your professional learning activities.
The renewal requirements
All registered teachers need to meet the renewal requirements to be eligible for renewal. Select your registration status to find out what you need to do.
I hold Provisional Registration
Within your current term of registration you need to have:
- completed an appropriate Mandatory Notification Training course
- completed a minimum of 60 hours of professional learning referenced to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and recorded this learning on the Teachers Portal. Supporting evidence for your professional learning activities should be retained for at least 12 months after renewal.
- been working towards (full) Registration. If you have undertaken 200 days of teaching service within your term of registration you must apply to transition from Provisional to (full) Registration before your renewal due date.
- Requirement to Transition from Provisional to (full) Registration
I hold (full) Registration
Within your current term of registration, you need to have:
- completed an appropriate Mandatory Notification Training course
- completed a minimum of 60 hours of professional learning referenced to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and recorded this learning on the Teachers Portal. Supporting evidence for your professional learning activities should be retained for at least 12 months after renewal.
- completed 60 days of professional practice.
Application for Renewal of Registration
The Application for Renewal of Registration will become available to you in mid-October on the Teachers Portal before your registration expiry date.
You will need to:
Proof of Identity
Minimum identity requirements for teachers renewing their registration
With your Application for Renewal you are required to provide one document from the list below. The identity document you provide must be a photocopy, certified and linked on the Linkage Verification form by a Justice of the Peace (see below), with the original document available for sighting at the time of certification.
- current Australian passport (not expired)
- ImmiCard issued by the Department of Home Affairs (formerly Department of Immigration and Border Protection) that enables the cardholder to prove their visa and/or migration status and enrol in services
- current Australian driver's licence, learner permit or provisional licence issued by a state or territory, showing signature and/or photo and the same name as claimed
- current passport issued by a country other than Australia with a valid entry stamp or visa
- current proof of age or photo identity card issued by an Australian government agency in your name with photo and signature
- current shooter or firearm licence showing signature and photo (not minor or junior permit or licence).
Download the Linkage Verification form here. Photocopy your identity document onto the form. Take this to a Justice of the Peace, with the original identity document, for signing. Attach the completed Linkage Verification form to your application. Please be aware that JPs are advised by Consumer & Business Services not to sign documentation photocopied onto paper without official letterhead.
The Board utilises the Document Verification Service (DVS) to confirm that the details on the identity document match the records held by the government authority that issued the document. You will be asked to provide informed consent to the DVS check.
Change of name
If you choose to change your name as part of your renewal application you will be required to refresh your identity documents i.e. you must provide four documents that meet the minimum requirements in addition to your change of name document.
If your change of name documents were issued in a country other than Australia please contact us.
You must consent to a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check undertaken by the Board. The Board is unable to accept a National Police Clearance History Check issued for any other purpose. Do not send or obtain a National Police Clearance History Check from any other organisation. Your consent will be sought via your online Application for Renewal of Registration to authorize the Board to conduct a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check.
The consent form requires you to state all names by which you have ever been known e.g. current name, birth name, married name/s and change/s of name. If you have changed your name, you must provide the Board with a certified copy of your change of name document reflecting your current name.
A Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check may take up to six weeks to process depending on individual circumstances.
As the check is conducted by way of electronic data exchange, the Board is unable to provide a copy of the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check. For further information contact the Board on (08) 8253 9700.
Working with Children Check (WWCC)
From 1 July 2019, a WWCC will become a mandatory requirement for anyone in South Australia who works with children. Working with Children Checks will be valid for five years from the date of issue. Read more about WWCC here.
If you have resided in any country other than Australia for more than 12 continuous months within your current (three-year) term of registration, you also need to provide an appropriate overseas criminal history record check for each country.
Professional Learning Audit
You will declare on the Application for Renewal of Registration whether you have completed 60 hours of professional learning, and - if you hold (full) Registration - whether you have also completed 60 days of professional practice.
You do NOT need to provide any documentation with your application to support this; however, a sample of Applications for Renewal of Registration will be selected at random and audited by the Board.
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 from 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.
What happens if I don't renew my registration?
If you do not renew your registration before the expiry date you will be removed from the register and you will not be able to be employed as a teacher in South Australia. It is an offence to practice as a teacher without current teacher registration.
Should you wish to return to teaching after your registration expires you will need to apply for reinstatement of registration.
More detailed information about each of the requirements can be found by clicking on the relevant hyperlinks, or in the Frequently Asked Questions. We encourage you to take some time familiarising yourself with these requirements and how they apply to your circumstances.
If your query cannot be answered by any of the above, please feel free to contact us.