The Victorian Institute of Teaching is a statutory authority for the regulation of the teaching profession in Victoria established by the Victorian Institute of Teaching Act 2001. This Act was repealed with the proclamation of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 on 1 July 2007. The Victorian Institute of Teaching continues in operation under and subject to the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 after 1 July. Further amendments to the Act were made by the Education and Training Reform Amendment Act 2010.
The Institute operates along similar lines to other regulatory bodies, such as the Legal Services Board and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
It registers teachers working in Victorian government, Catholic and independent schools. Like other professions occupying positions of trust and responsibility, teachers are required to be registered in order to practise their profession. All practising Victorian school teachers must be registered by the Institute.
The Institute is governed by a twelve member Council, the majority of whom are practising teachers from government, Catholic and independent schools.
- registers all teachers to ensure only qualified people are employed in Victorian schools
- works with teachers to develop standards of professional practice
- supports teachers in their first year of teaching with a structured induction program
- approves and accredits pre-service teacher education courses that prepare teachers
- investigates and makes findings on instances of serious misconduct, misconduct, serious incompetence or lack of fitness to teach.
Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (PDF - 1.86 MB)
Education and Training Reform Amendment Act 2010 This link will take you to the goverment's collection of legislation.
Education and Training Reform Further Amendment Act 2010 This link will take you to the goverment's collection of legislation.
Victorian Institute of Teaching Annual Report 2011-12 - full report (PDF - 1.8 MB)
Victorian Institute of Teaching Strategic Plan 2010-13 (PDF - 124 KB)