When a teacher undertakes the annual registration process, they will make legally binding self-declarations about their recency of practice, maintenance of their professional learning, and continuing suitability and fitness to teach.
To ensure consistency and compliance with legislation, VIT selects a number of teachers to verify their self-declarations each year.
How audits work
When a teacher is randomly selected for an audit, they will receive an email from VIT containing instructions on how to provide audit evidence.
Teachers will be asked to provide information to support their declarations, including information about
- days teaching, equivalent practice or educational leadership, and
- hours of professional learning activities that contribute to their knowledge about pedagogy content and/or practice, and reference the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST).
Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the expiry of the teacher’s registration and removal of their name from the Register of teachers. If a teacher’s name is removed from the Register of teachers, they will not be eligible to undertake the duties of a teacher or early childhood teacher – including casual relief teaching – in any Victorian school or early childhood service.
Continued suitability and fitness to teach is verified through a current and clear Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC).
Documenting and providing evidence
In most cases, teachers are only required to provide evidence of professional practice and/or professional learning when they apply for registration, if they are returning from non-practising registration or if they have been selected to be audited.
Professional learning activities are to be entered via the ‘MyPD’ tile of the teacher’s MyVIT account. Visit the Teacher resources page to find out how to log professional learning activities in MyPD.
Evidence of days teaching, equivalent practice or educational leadership can be provided in the following formats
- statements of service
- letters from the teacher’s employer on official letterhead outlining
- employment dates
- the teacher’s role
- the number of days worked
- a certificate or receipt for the professional development activity undertaken, or
- a brief reflection about the activity, detailing their new learning and how they have/will apply it to their teaching practice.
Multiple documents may be required for those who work in a number of contexts or across a number of schools or early childhood services such as casual relief teachers (CRTs).
Please note that group certificates are not accepted as evidence of professional practice.
Employer involvement in audits
A teacher may ask their principal or early childhood leader to provide a signed letter or statement of service on official letterhead to assist them to validate their claims in respect to days teaching, equivalent practice or educational leadership.
Teachers who obtain casual relief teaching positions through a teaching agency may also request a signed letter or statement of service on official letterhead from the agency.
Last updated: 06 Jul 2021