I'm (fully) registered. What if I can't demonstrate that I have completed 20 days of teaching, due to COVID-19, when I renew my registration in 2020?

VIT recognises the impact of COVID-19 on the teaching profession, in particular casual relief teachers and early childhood teachers.

Teachers delivering their lessons in a remote context will be able to count those days to meet the recency of practice requirement.

If teachers are unable to demonstrate at least 20 days of teaching / educational leadership / equivalent practice in the registration period 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020, they will be provided with the option to declare that they have undertaken

  • 40 days teaching at any time during the previous two years;
  • 60 days over the previous three years;
  • 80 days over the previous four years; or
  • 100 days over the previous five years.

Teachers should keep a record of the days they complete. 

For those who were still unable to meet the requirements for the registration period 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020 due to COVID-19, they will be given an option to declare this and renew their registration without meeting the requirement.

I am (fully) registered. What If I can't demonstrate that I have completed 20 hours of professional development, due to COVID-19, when I renew my registration in 2020?

Any professional learning undertaken from 1 October 2019 until 30 September 2020 counts towards your 20 hours of professional development (PD).

VIT acknowledges that many face-to-face professional learning activities are not taking place due to COVID-19. While this may have disrupted professional learning plans, it is expected that teachers will be able to undertake collaborative online learning, professional reading and other online professional development activities.

Working remotely requires specific teaching and learning skills. Any professional learning you have engaged with to develop your ability to deliver remote learning can be used towards the 20 hours of PD requirement. Read our latest news item for a wide range of professional learning resources related to the remote teaching context.

For other professional learning opportunities click here.

Teachers should keep a record of the hours they complete. 

For those who are still unable to meet the requirements for the registration period 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020 due to COVID-19, they will be given an option to declare this and renew their registration without meeting the requirement.

What do I do if I haven’t taught for 20 days in the last 12 months (e.g. due to family leave)?

If you hold (full) registration, you are required to complete at least 20 days of teaching and 20 hours of professional learning each year to maintain your registration.

If you haven’t taught for at least 20 days in the past 12 months, you can pro-rata your teaching days over the last five years. You will be provided with the option at renewal to declare you have undertaken

  • 40 days in the previous two years;
  • 60 days in the previous three years;
  • 80 days in the previous four years; or
  • 100 days in the previous five years.

If you are not currently employed as a teacher, but are working in a related field, you may also accumulate 20 days of (teaching) practice through equivalent practice or educational leadership.

The professional development requirement of 20 hours cannot be pro-rated.

If you are unable to meet the professional practice and / or professional development requirements above, you will be provided with the opportunity to go to non-practising registration.

Note: VIT understands that the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) may have had an impact on some teachers' ability to undertake their registration requirements. Read about some of the changes we’ve made to support you.

Can I use overseas teaching experience for renewing my registration?

Overseas teaching experience can be used to meet the annual renewal of registration requirements.

Can I use PD I undertook overseas to renew my registration?

Professional development undertaken overseas can be used to meet the professional learning renewal requirements, provided the learning can be referenced to the APST.

What counts as professional learning for the purposes of registration?

VIT does not have a definitive list of required PL activities for renewal of registration. You should consider your individual PL needs in relation to 

  • your teaching context;
  • the needs of your learners; and
  • the priorities of your learning environment or education sector.

You should engage in a range of activities that update your professional knowledge and practice. These may be undertaken individually or with colleagues, in your learning environment or externally, and online or face-to-face. More information on what can constitutes PL is outlined here

You must be able to relate your processional development to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST), and ensure that at least one standard in each domain is addressed.