For Victoria, like many other jurisdictions across Australia, teacher workforce shortages have had a major impact on the ability of early childhood settings and schools to recruit qualified, suitable teachers. Throughout the year, VIT has worked tirelessly to support employers with their teacher registration requirements - whether it be the attraction of recent retirees back into the workforce or teachers from overseas to work in Australia, or to assist pre-service teachers in their final year of study to work in schools to support COVID-19 related workforce shortages. Where schools have not been able to employ a qualified teacher, we have worked to support them by issuing permission to teach (PTT) to suitable candidates.
Teacher registration in Victoria data
There are more than 141,000 registered teachers working across 6,300 schools, early childhood services and other education settings throughout Victoria.
The following data is generated at the end of a financial year, and relates to the year ending 30 June 2022.
Statement of expectations
The Minister for Education issues Statements of Expectations for the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) which set out the Minister’s expectations for VIT to demonstrate good regulatory practice and includes performance targets.
The VIT is focused on ensuring compliance with its obligations under the newly established Gender Equality Act 2020. Promoting gender equality is important, and while VIT is an inclusive and supportive environment, it’s vital to continuously review the level of equality promotion in the workplace.
Following a review from the recent Workplace Gender Audit and People Matter Survey, VIT submitted a Gender Equality Action Plan to the Commissioner for Gender Equality in March 2022. The Gender Equality Action Plan was approved in June 2022.
The VIT surveys over 4,000 casual relief teachers (CRTs) to understand their professional learning needs and experiences in meeting and maintaining registration requirements.
In partnership with the Department of Education and Training and the Teacher Learning Network, VIT uses this feedback to inform the development of resources and information specifically tailored to support CRTs to understand and maintain registration requirements. This may include presentations through agencies, unions and CRT networks; webinars; and FAQs.
In 2016, registered teachers were required to focus on developing their capability in a particular aspect of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. For renewal of registration, VIT asked teachers to focus on APST 1.6: Strategies to support full participation of learners with disability.
This acknowledges the importance of the Victorian government focus on giving every learner the opportunity to learn in a safe, positive and supportive environment. Registered teachers play a prime role in this by building their capability to achieve such a learning environment for their learners with disability.