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Maintaining your registration during COVID 19

The recent lockdown has been a reminder of the pandemic’s impact on teachers and learners, and on some teachers' ability to undertake their registration requirements.

The VIT understands this, and we remain committed to minimising the impacts of COVID 19 on teachers' registration requirements where possible.

The 2021-22 renewal process will proceed as usual but, as outlined below, we have adjusted some of the annual requirements. If you have been impacted by COVID 19 and cannot meet your registration requirements, you will have the opportunity to advise VIT as part of your upcoming annual registration tasks.

What if I can’t meet my registration requirements?

We recognise COVID 19 has affected, and continues to affect, teachers in a number of ways. Below are some changes we’ve made to support those who have been impacted by COVID 19.

I'm (fully) registered. What if I can't demonstrate that I have completed 20 days of teaching, due to COVID 19, when I renew my registration in 2021?

The VIT recognises the impact of COVID 19 on the teaching profession, in particular casual relief teachers (CRTs) and early childhood teachers.

If teachers are unable to demonstrate at least 20 days of teaching / educational leadership / equivalent practice in the registration period 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021, they will be provided with the option to declare that they have undertaken

  • 40 days teaching at any time during the previous two years;
  • 60 days over the previous three years;
  • 80 days over the previous four years; or
  • 100 days over the previous five years.

Teachers should keep a record of the days they complete. 

For those who were still unable to meet the requirements for the registration period 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021 due to COVID 19, they will be given an option to declare this and renew their registration without meeting the requirement.

I am (fully) registered. What If I can't demonstrate that I have completed 20 hours of professional learning, due to COVID 19, when I renew my registration in 2021?

Any professional learning undertaken from 1 October 2020 until 30 September 2021 counts towards your 20 hours of professional learning.

The VIT acknowledges that many face-to-face professional learning activities are not taking place due to COVID-19. While this may have disrupted professional learning plans, it is expected that teachers will be able to undertake collaborative online learning, professional reading and other online professional learning activities.

For a range of professional learning opportunities click here.

Teachers should keep a record of the hours they complete. 

For those who are still unable to meet the requirements for the registration period 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021 due to COVID 19, they will be given an option to declare this and renew their registration without meeting the requirement.

I am provisionally registered. What if I can't complete my 80 days of teaching so I can move to (full) registration during this time?

Provisionally registered teachers (PRTs) unable to meet their professional practice requirements (80 days of teaching) and demonstrate proficiency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) are encouraged to apply for a further grant of provisional registration (no more than three months before their expiry date) through their MyVIT account.

I have a permission to teach grant. What if I can't complete or progress to formal teaching qualification during this time?

If you have been unable to complete or progress to formal teaching qualifications as a result of COVID 19, you can apply for a further grant of 12 months of permission to teach.

I am returning to teach from non-practising registration. What if I can't demonstrate the 20 days' practice and / or 20 hours' professional learning requirements?

The VIT recognises the impact of COVID 19 on the teaching profession.

Any professional learning undertaken from 1 October 2020 until 30 September 2021 counts towards your 20 hours of professional learning.

The VIT acknowledges that many face-to-face professional learning activities are not taking place due to COVID 19. While this may have disrupted professional learning plans, it is expected that teachers will be able to undertake collaborative online learning, professional reading and other online professional learning activities as well as workplace provided opportunities.

For a range of professional learning opportunities click here.

Where possible, teachers should keep a record of the hours they complete. 

For teachers who are still unable to meet the requirements due to COVID 19 during 2021, this will not be an impediment. As part of their 2021 annual registration tasks, teachers will be given the option to declare that they have been impacted by COVID 19. The VIT will extend their registration for 12 months. During the registration period 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022, they will be required to complete

  • 20 days teaching or educational leadership in a school or early childhood setting
  • 20 hours of professional learning activity that references the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST).

We wish you all the best as you navigate this difficult time.