21 APRIL 2016
A person, who sought registration as a teacher, had been convicted of drug trafficking of cocaine in Spain and sentenced to 9 years imprisonment. The Council of the Victorian Institute of Teaching refused the application for registration on the ground that it was not in the public interest for a person convicted of such a serious offence to teach in a school. The Council concluded that the public interest in protecting the Victorian community, maintaining proper standards of conduct for the profession and protecting the reputation and standing of the profession outweighed the interests of permitting the applicant to practise as a registered teacher.
The applicant appealed successfully to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). VCAT determined that the applicant was a suitable person to be registered and that it was in the public interest to allow the applicant to teach in a school regardless of her conviction.
The decision was made publicly available by VCAT.