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There may be some circumstances in which VIT will immediately suspend the registration of a teacher on an interim basis, or must suspend a teacher’s registration on an ongoing basis.

Interim suspension

There may be some circumstances in which VIT will suspend the registration of a teacher on an interim basis. This is in circumstances where VIT has formed a reasonable belief that

  • the teacher poses an unacceptable risk of harm to children, and
  • the suspension of the teacher’s registration is necessary to protect children.

If VIT decides to suspend a teacher’s registration on an interim basis, the following process is undertaken

  1. a notice of interim suspension is served on the teacher. This notice notifies the teacher
    • that their registration has been suspended on an interim basis
    • the reasons for this decision
    • that VIT must review the basis of the suspension at least every 30 days, and
    • that they have a right to make written submissions to VIT about the continuation of the interim suspension.
  2. the VIT updates the Register of teachers.
  3. the VIT publishes the interim suspension on the Register of Disciplinary Action (RODA).
  4. the teacher’s employer is notified of the interim suspension.
  5. Working with Children Check Victoria (WWCCV) is notified of the interim suspension.
  6. the interim suspension of a teacher’s registration is reviewed every 30 days.

When VIT conducts a review of the interim suspension, it will take into account any written submissions made by the teacher.

The VIT may revoke the interim suspension of a teacher’s registration if it no longer reasonably believes the teacher poses an unacceptable risk of harm to children and the interim suspension of their registration is necessary to protect children.

Ongoing suspension

There are some circumstances where VIT must suspend a teacher’s registration on an ongoing basis.

Suspension due to interim exclusion or Category A offence

The VIT must suspend a teacher’s registration if the teacher has been

  • given a Working with Children (WWC) interim exclusion (previously called an interim negative notice) by WWCCV, or
  • charged with a Category A offence.

This decision is not discretionary.

In this circumstance, the teacher will be given notice that VIT intends to suspend their registration. A copy of this notice is also given to the teacher’s employer.

The teacher will then have 14 days from the date of receiving this notice to provide VIT with submissions.

Suspension due to Category B offence

The VIT may suspend the registration of a person if they have been charged with a Category B offence.

This decision is discretionary.

In this circumstance, the teacher will be given notice that VIT intends to suspend their registration. A copy of this notice is also provided to the teacher’s employer.

The teacher will then have 28 days from the date of receiving this notice to provide VIT with submissions.

Once the 28 days has passed, VIT will consider any submissions it has received from the teacher, and make a decision about whether to suspend the registration of the teacher.

If a decision is made to suspend a teacher’s registration for any of these reasons, the VIT will follow this process

  1. provide a notice of suspension of registration to the teacher outlining the reasons for the suspension of their registration and the information that VIT has relied upon to make the decision
  2. update the Register of teachers
  3. publish the suspension on the Register of Disciplinary Action (RODA).
  4. notify the teacher’s employer of the suspension, and
  5. notify WWCCV of the suspension.

Last updated: 19 Jul 2021