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The VIT must conduct an investigation when it has completed a preliminary assessment of a notification or complaint, and has decided to conduct an investigation. The VIT must also conduct an investigation when it has decided to suspend the registration of a teacher on an interim basis.

The VIT may conduct an investigation in any circumstances where it reasonably believes the registered teacher

  • has engaged in misconduct or serious misconduct
  • is unfit to be a registered teacher
  • is seriously incompetent
  • has an impairment that seriously detrimentally affects their ability to practise as a teacher, or is likely to seriously detrimentally affect their ability to practise
  • has failed to comply with a conditions, limitation or restriction imposed on their registration, or
  • has contravened the Act.

What happens during an investigation?

The investigations process differs depending on the matter.

To find out what a teacher can do if they are the subject of an investigation, visit the What if I have a suitability matter? page.

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The VIT is committed to treating teachers with impairments fairly and respectfully, and complies with all of its legal obligations, including, but not limited to, those contained in the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.

What are the possible outcomes of an investigation?

It is important to remember that not all conduct matters or impairments will impact a teacher’s registration. The outcome of an application for registration or investigation will depend on the individual facts of each case.

Visit the Outcomes page to find out more.

Last updated: 19 Jul 2021