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As ‘co-regulators’ of the teaching profession, employers are required to ensure their teachers hold valid teacher registration.

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Visit the Legislative requirements page to find out more.

Ensure they are registered to teach in Victoria

All teachers who are registered to teach in Victoria will appear on the Register of teachers and can be searched for in your Employer portal.

A person listed on the Register of teachers is registered and permitted to teach, unless their registration status is displayed in red. Teachers whose registration status are displayed in red are non-practising and are unable to undertake the duties of a teacher.

Where the registration status is 'Current', this means the teacher is registered with VIT and can teach in a Victorian school or early childhood service, even if their expiry date is in the past.

Where the registration status is 'Non Practising', this means the teacher is registered with VIT but is unable to meet the professional practice requirements for renewal of registration and therefore cannot teach in a Victorian school or early childhood service. Non-practising teachers must first make an application to return to teaching, and their record will show as ‘Current’ only once their application has been successful.

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All registered teachers, including non-practising teachers, are exempt from needing a Working with Children (WWC) clearance (previously known as a Working with Children Check or WWCC). Please visit the Working with Children information page to find out more.

Maintain and monitor an ‘all teachers’ list

Employers should maintain and monitor a current ‘all teachers’ list via the Employer portal. The ‘all teachers’ list provides important registration information about the teachers employed in an employer’s school or early childhood service, including their registration number, registration category and expiry date.

Employers are required to make sure this list is accurate at all times, including adding new teachers and removing those who are no longer employed by their school or early childhood service.

This list enables employers to monitor the registrations of all registered teachers linked to their account. For example

  • checking for the pending expiry date of a teacher who has not yet completed their requirements to remain registered
  • checking whether a teacher has conditions or returning requirements, and
  • checking a teacher’s registration type to ensure they can teach in the employer’s education setting.

If an employer maintains their ‘all teachers’ list, they will receive email communications advising them of impending expiry or removal of teachers.

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Please note that under Section 2.6.56 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, it is an offence for a school to employ a person to teach in a school unless the person is registered. Likewise, under 2.6.56A it is an offence for an early childhood to employ a person to teach unless the person is registered.

Visit the FAQs page to find out more about unregistered teaching practice.

Last updated: 12 Jul 2021