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The following scenarios have been developed to assist early childhood (EC) services in understanding who to report to regarding the conduct of a registered teacher* and which organisations are involved following a report.

There may be circumstances where a complaint lodged with one organisation discloses an issue that also falls within the remit of another organisation. In cases such as this, the original recipient may contact the complainant as required to seek consent to forward their complaint to the related organisation for its independent consideration.

It is also noted that through established information sharing provisions and memorandums of understanding, co-regulators are able (and in some circumstances, required) to notify each other of certain conduct issues.

* If a scenario applies to any person employed in a school or EC service who is not a registered teacher, the stated reporting guidelines apply (except VIT).
Criminal behaviour scenario (non-sexual and sexual)

We have a concern that a registered teacher* has used physical violence against or engaged in sexualised behaviour with a learner (including behaviour outside the education setting).

For example, a registered teacher*

  • deliberately hit, punched or used excessive force when restraining a learner, which caused the learner physical or mental injury
  • sent inappropriate messages or images to a learner by email, text or another form of electronic messaging
  • deliberately touched a learner in a sexual manner, and/or
  • committed a sexual offence against a learner.

Reporting guide

The above examples could amount to criminal offences and must be reported to  QARDVictoria Police and CCYP. They should be reported to VIT.

If action is taken against the registered teacher, EC services must report it to VIT.

If the head of an EC service is notified by any person of a reportable allegation, including by a staff member, a young person, a parent or a member of the public, the head must report it to CCYP (even if the head doesn’t have a reasonable belief the conduct happened).

Inappropriate conduct

We have a concern about a registered teacher’s* inappropriate (but not sexual or physically violent) behaviour towards a learner (including behaviour outside the education setting).

For example, a registered teacher*

  • used offensive language in class, which caused a learner to feel uncomfortable
  • used a racist/derogatory term to describe a learner
  • bullied a learner by repeatedly singling them out for discipline, when the learner had done nothing to deserve it
  • yelled excessively at a learner when they misbehaved, causing the learner to be severely traumatised and/or feel unsafe
  • restrained a learner by holding their arms so they cannot get away(although not in a violent or sexual manner) when it was not necessary or appropriate
  • has not adequately responded to disclosure of abuse by a child, and/or
  • threatened violence towards / in front of a learner.

Reporting guide

Some of the above examples could amount to reportable conduct under the Reportable Conduct Scheme and must be reported to QARD and CCYP. If the head of an EC service is notified by any person of a reportable allegation, including by a staff member, a young person, a parent or a member of the public, the head must report it to CCYP (even if the head doesn’t have a reasonable belief the conduct happened).

They should be reported to VIT. If action is taken against the registered teacher, EC services must report it to VIT.

Teacher registration concerns

We have a concern about a registered teacher’s health or behaviour outside of the EC service setting.

For example

  • a registered teacher displays behaviour suggesting a health concern which may impact their role as a teacher
  • we have concerns about a teacher’s behaviour outside the EC service setting which may impact their role as a teacher, and/or
  • we have concerns that a teacher may not be registered.

Reporting guide

The above examples could amount to breaches of the Victorian Teaching Profession’s Code of Conduct and/or the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, and must be reported to VIT.

Case Study

Download full guide

Download the full guide (PDF) for early childhood services on reporting conduct concerns about registered teachers.

Last updated: 09 Dec 2021