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Registration cards may take up to 20 business days to arrive due to Australia post processing times.

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.

Registered teachers don’t need a card to prove their registration. 

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 my teacher list

Employers should maintain and monitor a current teacher list via the Employer portal. The teacher 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

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

Useful Resource

Download a copy of the Employer Portal Guide for instructions on how to access and use the Employer portal.

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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.

Obligation to report teacher conduct matters 

Employers play an important role in ensuring teachers remain suitable to teach. This includes understanding their obligation to report teacher conduct matters to VIT and what happens if a notification or complaint is made about one of their teachers.

To find out more information about employers’ obligations, visit the Teacher conduct and suitability page.

Responding to requests for information

If a teacher is under investigation by VIT, employers may be requested to provide relevant information and documentation that will help VIT make an informed decision. It is important that employers comply with these requests and assist in maintaining the standards and reputation of the teaching profession.

To find out more information about employers’ obligations, visit the Teacher conduct and suitability page.

Last updated: 01 Aug 2022