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Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Providers

The Board is empowered by Section 19A of the Teachers Registration and Standards Act, 2004 (the Act) to accredit initial teacher education programs. Pursuant to the Act and Regulation 5 of the Teachers Registration and Standards Regulations 2021 applications for accreditation must be made in accordance with the manner and form outlined in the Accreditation of initial teacher education programs in Australia – Standards and Procedures published by Education Services Australia.   

The Standards and Procedures can be found at Accreditation of initial teacher education programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures (AITSL 2019).

Providers intending to develop initial teacher education programs for accreditation are encouraged to contact the Boards Professional Standards Team before commencing the accreditation submission via or (08) 8253 9700.

Accreditation submissions must be lodged with the Board at least 8 months before providers intend to deliver the program. 

The national accreditation system for ITE programs has three integrated elements:

  • the Standards and Procedures, which sets out a nationally consistent process to accredit programs, including the establishment and composition of accreditation panels, assessment of programs by these panels, reporting accreditation decisions, and mechanisms for achieving national consistency;
  • the Program Standards, which describe the characteristics of programs that give confidence the Graduate Teacher Standards will be achieved; and
  • the Graduate Teacher Standards, which are the Graduate career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, which make explicit the knowledge, skills and attributes expected of graduates of nationally accredited ITE programs.