Published 12 Oct 2022
Case study - unregistered teaching practice
The VIT’s regulatory approach sets out our strategy to regulate the teaching profession in Victoria, reflecting best practice and strengthening our risk-based approach to teacher registration.
Our approach is to educate teachers and their employers with regards to their regulatory obligations and then assist them to comply.
It is a legislative requirement for anyone undertaking the duties of a teacher in a Victorian school or early childhood setting to be registered with VIT. This includes teaching under supervision. To provide for the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, registered teachers are subject to rigorous and ongoing criminal history checks.
Under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, only persons who hold a current VIT registration or permission to teach (PTT) grant can undertake the duties of a teacher in a Victorian school. Victorian schools must not employ persons to undertake teaching duties if they do not hold current registration or PTT, even if they are supervised by a registered teacher.
A person with an early childhood qualification to teach learners up to 8 years of age must hold ‘teacher registration’ in order to teach in a primary setting.
For early childhood services
Under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, only persons who hold a current early childhood teacher registration can undertake the duties of an early childhood teacher in a Victorian early childhood service. Early childhood services must not employ persons to undertake teaching duties if they do not hold current early childhood registration, even if they are supervised by a registered early childhood teacher.
The Education and Care Services National Regulations and Law, and any exceptions or waivers provided under these, do not exclude an employer from also ensuring they maintain their obligations under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.
A person with an early childhood qualification to teach learners up to 8 years of age must hold ‘teacher registration’ in order to teach in a primary setting. If they wish to teach in an early childhood service, they require early childhood teacher registration.
The type of VIT registration that early childhood teachers are required to hold is determined by the sector they work in.
Unregistered teaching practice - school setting
This hypothetical case study demonstrates how a common unregistered teaching practice misunderstanding can occur in a school with a graduate teacher.