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The VIT has compiled definitions for our most frequently used terms, government departments and regulatory bodies. If you are unable to find a specific term in this list, please contact us.



International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module
(Approved English language testing centre)

If an applicant for full or provisional registration and permission to teach cannot meet criterion 1.1, then they may provide evidence that they have undertaken the following English language tests with achievement at the standard specified below

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) –  Academic module  with an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing – where there is no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening. All skill areas must be met on an individual test.

This assessment may be undertaken at any approved IELTS test centre.

Immediate full registration

A term applied by VIT to a registered teacher to indicate they have met the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) at the proficient teacher level on initial application.


Registered teachers are required to achieve and maintain an acceptable level of competence in their practice.

Serious incompetence refers to a situation where a teacher is failing to meet the Australian Professional Standards of Teaching (APST) to such a degree that their whole approach to teaching

  • is fundamentally flawed
  • defeats the cause of imparting knowledge to students.

A momentary lapse in performance will not generally indicate serious incompetence.

See also serious incompetence.

Incomplete application

One or more requirements in a registration application are not met.

Industrial experience

Industrial experience' means being engaged in an approved occupation of a non-teaching nature.


There is ground for refusal of an application for registration.

Initial teacher education (ITE)

One of the functions of the VIT is to accredit initial teacher education programs using nationally agreed standards and procedures.

ITE providers are required to demonstrate evidence that their program will provide the knowledge and skills pre-service teachers need to be successful in the classroom by the time they graduate.

ITE providers will be given guidance on what evidence they need to provide, as part of a suite of material to support their applications for accreditation. Other material to be developed will include examples of applications and evidence, and templates for completion by higher education providers and accreditation panellists.

We use the Australian accreditation standards to accredit initial teacher education programs and are responsible for coordinating the accreditation of

  • new initial teacher education programs that lead to teacher registration
  • existing initial teacher education programs that lead to teacher registration.

Inquiry process

As a provisionally registered teacher (PRT) they are required to undertake the Inquiry process to develop their practice and collect evidence that they meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) at the proficient teacher level.

By following the Inquiry process, they have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and practice of teaching within a supported environment. They'll work with more experienced colleagues and reflect on the effectiveness of their practice in relation to their students or learners.

Interim registration

Under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, an applicant for registration as a teacher may be granted interim approval to undertake the duties of a teacher if the person is entitled to that registration but it is not practicable to wait until the VIT can consider the application.

Interim suspension

The VIT has the power to suspend the registration of a teacher on an interim basis if it has formed a reasonable belief that

  • the teacher poses an unacceptable risk of harm to children; and
  • the suspension of the teacher’s registration is necessary to protect children.

Interim suspensions are reviewed every 30 days, and will take into account any written submissions made by the teacher.

The VIT may revoke the interim suspension of a teacher’s registration if it no longer reasonably believes that the teacher poses an unacceptable risk of harm to children.

Interim WWC exclusion

Previously known as an 'interim negative notice', an interim Working With Children (WWC) exclusion indicates that a person has made an application to WWC Victoria and a preliminary assessment has been made that the person may be refused a WWC.

Before making a final decision, WWC Victoria will issue the person with an interim exclusion and provide the person with an opportunity to provide additional information and documentation before a final decision is made.


The purpose of an investigation is to gather relevant information about concerns in relation to a teacher and to determine appropriate disciplinary responses.

We are empowered to investigate a range of concerns about registered teachers to ensure teachers meet high ethical standards and are fit to teach. These include

  • misconduct
  • serious misconduct
  • serious incompetence
  • fitness to teach
  • an impairment that adversely affects a teacher’s ability to teach.


International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) Professional / Teacher Registration Module
(Approved English language testing centre)

Achievement at Level 4 in all four areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Test achievements are only deemed valid if provided by approved testing sites where the assessment is teaching focused.
This assessment must be undertaken at an Accredited ISLPR Testing Centre. Visit for more information.