Published 06 Nov 2019
Case Studies: How does the Education Legislation Amendment work?
The Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) recognises its function to consider child safety and wellbeing is a very serious responsibility. It aligns with VIT's vision for all Victorian children and young people to have the best teachers, and plays a vital role in upholding and protecting the integrity of the profession.
From 1 September 2019, amendments to the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 came into effect, requiring
- principals and early childhood managers to provide certain information to VIT
- registered teachers to provide certain information to VIT and Working with Children Check Victoria (WWCCV)
- VIT to closely align its registration scheme with the Working with Children (WWC) Check scheme.
This means VIT has changed the way it registers and regulates teachers in Victoria. In particular, VIT now assesses certain types of conduct to determine whether a person is suitable to be registered, or to remain registered, as a teacher. These assessments are in addition to the previous existing ways in which we assess the suitability of teachers.
These changes require VIT to assess a teacher's suitability in a way that more closely aligns with the assessments made under the Worker Screening Act 2020 (previously the Working with Children Act 2005) and improve information sharing with WWCCV.
For more information on the reporting obligations of teachers, principals and early childhood managers, read our changes to VIT’s teacher registration scheme.
For more information on how VIT more closely aligns with the WWC Check scheme, read our frequently asked questions.
In line with the legislative changes, VIT has taken disciplinary actions where required. Below are three real case studies that showcase the potential impact on teachers and how VIT administers its duties. Please note: the language has been modified to de-identify all parties.
Warning: the content in these case studies may be confronting to some readers – discretion is advised. VIT is sharing this information to demonstrate the importance of its role in providing for the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. If you are affected by the nature of these case studies, you can seek support by visiting 1800RESPECT.org.au or calling 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).