Under s2.6.3 of the Education and Training Reform Act (2006) (the Act), the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) must develop, maintain and promote a Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics for the teaching profession.
The Codes apply to everyone currently registered with VIT, regardless of whether they are currently working as a teacher.
The Victorian Teaching Profession’s Codes of Conduct and Ethics were last updated in May 2021.
About the Codes of Conduct and Ethics
The Victorian Teaching Profession’s Codes of Conduct and Ethics are public statements developed for and by the teaching profession to
- reflect shared principles about practice, conduct and ethics to be applied to promote the highest standards of professional practice
- enable registered teachers to reflect on their ethical decisions
- establish the quality of behaviour that reflects the expectations of the profession and the community, and
- provide a clear statement to the community about these expectations.
The Code of Conduct supports all teachers to understand the expectations of the teaching profession and the community in relation to their professional conduct, personal conduct and professional competence.
The VIT has an overarching function of providing for child safety and wellbeing, and this underpins the principles set out in the Code of Conduct.
As part of a registered profession and a profession of high public trust and accountability, teachers must be aware of and reflect the expectations and standards expected of them – the Code of Conduct can assist teachers to guide their professional and personal conduct.
Read the Codes
Download a copy of the Codes via the link below.
As co-regulators of the teaching profession, employers are required to ensure their staff are familiar and working with the Code.
Employers are encouraged to facilitate a refresher workshop for existing staff each year, and an induction workshop for new staff upon employment.
To support employers and educational leaders, VIT has developed a suite of materials to assist their staff in engaging with the Code.
Last updated: 20 Feb 2024