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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.


Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC)

All teachers and early childhood teachers (ECTs), regardless of their registration category, are required to undertake a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) once every five years from the date they registered with VIT.

Teachers are still required to undertake the NCCHC even if they hold a current Working With Children (WWC) clearance (previously known as a Working With Children Check or WWCC).

The NCCHC provides VIT with details of convictions and findings of guilt for criminal offences following an examination of the records held by police services across Australia.

Undertaking an NCCHC occurs when a teacher first registers to teach in Victoria and every five (5) years thereafter as part of the annual registration process completed via their MyVIT account.

The information provided by teachers for the NCCHC is used by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and police agencies in all Australian States and Territories to check actions and update records held about the applicant by these agencies.

Please note that VIT does not have access to any records held by ACIC or police agencies. Rather, a Police History Information (PHI) report is provided to VIT once these agencies have assessed the information provided from the NCCHC.

The PHI may include information from the applicant’s records held by ACIC and police agencies pertaining to

  • outstanding charges
  • warrant information
  • criminal convictions
  • criminal findings
  • pleas of guilt.

A finding in the NCCHC will not automatically preclude a teacher from teacher registration.

Where a matter is returned on a NCCHC, VIT is required to assess a teacher’s suitability to teach. The VIT considers each case on its merits. 

Nationally-consistent registration

Is the Agreement between the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and state and territory jurisdictions that common minimum standards for teacher regulation will apply.

Negative notice

Please see 'WWC exclusion'.

Non-practising registration

Both provisional and fully registered teachers and early childhood teachers can apply for non-practising registration. You may want to apply for non-practising if you

  • are not currently teaching
  • cannot meet the professional practice requirements to renew your full registration
  • know that you will not be able to meet the requirements to move to full registration.

As a non-practising teacher, you cannot teach in any Victorian primary, secondary or special school, or be employed / engaged as a registered early childhood teacher in a Victorian education and care service or a Victorian children’s service.